Poirot’s Early Cases by Agatha Christie

Read July 2020
Recommended for fans of Poirot and short stories
 ★     ★    ★    

I was looking for a Poirot short story for my kindle when I ran into this compilation for a bargain ninety-nine cents. Worth it? Sure. You can taste the flavor of Poirot in perfect lunch break-sized chunks, or moments in the car waiting for an appointment, or even when you just want a little something-something. Or perhaps you find the full-length books tedious with all their descriptions of little grey cells, the sending of telegrams, and the multitude of housekeepers and lady’s maids; well, these stripped-down versions save those mentions to once per story, perhaps even less. Still, for the serious Christie fan, there’s often something missing. Mostly atmosphere, along with the parade of characters that comes with a full-course investigation.


The Affair at the Victory Ball
The Adventure of the Clapham Cook
The Cornish Mystery
The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly
The Double Clue
The King of Clubs
The Lemesurier Inheritance
The Lost Mine
The Plymouth Express
The Chocolate Box
The Veiled Lady
The Submarine Plans
The Market Basing Mystery


I did enjoy these quick little cases, but a few felt almost like outlines, they were so short. In those cases (haha), it felt like the story rested on the twist. ‘The Chocolate Box,’ ‘The Veiled Lady’ and ‘The Market Basing Mystery’ all fell into this category. Literally, there is the case; Poirot reflects; he solves. The first, ‘The Affair at the Victory Ball,’ reads like an introduction to the character of Poirot and Hastings, and is fun for that, although the case itself ridiculous.  ‘The Submarine Plans’ is published elsewhere and is a very realized short. Still, not a bad little grouping, and a nice way to spend a few minutes here and there.


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