Hercule Poirot delighted in telling people that he was probably the best detective in the world. So turning back the clock to trace eighteen of the cases which helped establish his professional reputation was always going to be a fascinating experience. With his career still in its formative years, the panache with which Hercule Poirot could solve even the most puzzling mystery is obvious.
Chronicled by his friend Captain Hastings, these eighteen early cases – from theft and robbery to kidnapping and murder – were all guaranteed to test Poirot’s soon-to-be-famous ‘little grey cells’ to their absolute limit.
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre: Mystery, Detective, Short Stories
I found this collection of Poirot’s short stories a much more enjoyable read than Miss Marple’s. I think it’s because I’m partial to Poirot’s deduction methods over the slightly demential old lady’s. The environment you’d find the two detectives also affect the reading experience; Poirot goes anywhere and everywhere, while Marple recounts her tales at home. Another possibility could be the fact that Poirot’s stories are presented while the mystery’s unfolding, whereas Marple’s is largely recounted.
Analysis aside, Poirot’s Early Cases was a great short story collection. One that showed Poirot’s multitude of methods he employs to set things right again. It truly shows why he is held as one of the greatest fictional detectives of this world. I was impressed at Christie’s ability to spin intriguing tales that simply stumps the readers as to its answer. Rest assured, Poirot will deliver the solution, rounding up and explaining all the seemingly non-related clues, all wrapped up neatly with a pretty bow on top!
Each time I thought I had the answer and felt a bit smug that I’d sussed it all out, the story twists and gives me a solution entirely different! There was only the one story where I was close to the answer. One part of me, the egotistical one, is disappointed, but another part of me is glad that I can still be surprised and awed by Christie’s works.
Quotes I Liked:
‘There are many things not called poison which can kill a man.’
Should You Get It?
Get it if:
- You enjoy whodunnits
- You like being surprised with the solution
- You enjoy short stories chock full of mystery and revelations
Don’t get it if:
- You prefer young main characters
- You detest English with even a hint of archaic-ness
Parental Guidance: PG-13
- Contains some mild scenes of violence/murder, far from scarring a person.
- No profanity
- No sex or intimacy
- Some mention of the drug opium (in the short story ‘The Lost Mine‘)