Hercule Poirot

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Poirot's Early Cases Summary

Still in the formative years of his career, Hercule Poirot faces a most taxing case: who killed Lord Cronshaw? Was Coco Courtenay's death on the same night a mere coincidence? And did she deliberately take an overdose of cocaine?

No sooner has Poirot revealed his astonishing powers of deduction than he is faced with 17 other mysteries to test his soon-to-be-famous "little grey cells".

As a matter of courtesy to a group of young people, he endeavours to solve the gruesome murder of a woman whose body they have stumbled upon while locked out of their flat, and with his usual precision and elan, he discovers exactly how "Mary, Mary quite contrary" makes her garden grow.

©1974 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)1998 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK
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    • Poirot's Early Cases

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser, David Suchet
    • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Still in the formative years of his career, Hercule Poirot faces a most taxing case: who killed Lord Cronshaw? Was Coco Courtenay's death on the same night a mere coincidence? And did she deliberately take an overdose of cocaine?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Poriot Early Cases <br />

    • By Jaye what if on 21-06-16

    Regular price: £11.99

    • The Early Cases of Hercule Poirot

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Charles Armstrong
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
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    This collection of 25 Hercule Poirot adventures is compiled from short stories written by Agatha Christie for The Sketch magazine in 1923 from March to December. In these stories, including "The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim", "The Veiled Lady", and "The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb", the eccentric private detective slowly and surely solves mysteries involving jealousy, revenge, and greed. These stories were well-received at the time and cemented Christie's reputation as the worthy successor to Arthur Conan Doyle. 

    Regular price: £21.19

    • The Kidnapped Prime Minister

    • A Hercule Poirot Short Story
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 41 mins
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    Just as World War I is drawing to an end, the prime minister is kidnapped. It is down to Hercule Poirot to locate him before a crucial conference, to avert an international crisis.

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    • The Capture of Cerberus & The Incident of the Dog's Ball

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David Suchet
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
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    In 2004, a remarkable archive was unearthed at Agatha Christie’s family home, Greenway - 73 of her private notebooks, filled with pencilled jottings and ideas.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting early drafts, beautifully read

    • By EvaGM on 19-06-18

    Regular price: £9.99

  • Book 1

    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 281
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      5 out of 5 stars 231
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    Recently, there had been some strange goings on at Styles St Mary. Evelyn, constant companion to old Mrs Inglethorp, had stormed out of the house muttering something about "a lot of sharks". And with her, something indefinable had gone from the atmosphere. Her presence had spelt security; now the air seemed rife with suspicion and impending evil.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous audiobook

    • By david llewellyn on 17-08-17

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    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
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    Captain Arthur Hastings, invalided in the Great War, is recuperating as a guest of John Cavendish at Styles Court, the "country-place" of John's autocratic old aunt, Emily Inglethorpe - she of a sizeable fortune, and so recently remarried to a man 20 years her junior. When Emily's sudden heart attack is found to be attributable to strychnine, Hastings recruits an old friend, now retired, to aid in the local investigation. With impeccable timing, Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, makes his dramatic entrance into the pages of crime literature.

    Regular price: £21.99

    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
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    Sidelined by his war injuries in 1916, Captain Hastings travels to his friend’s estate at Styles Court to recover from his wounds. As the summer heats up, a tragic murder occurs, and Hastings calls upon the services of his old acquaintance Hercule Poirot. With seemingly unrelated clues - a scrap of a burned will, a false beard, and an empty packet of bromide - the brilliant detective launches his first investigation on English soil and forges an enduring friendship.

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    • 'Murder at the Vicarage' & 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Joan Hickson, Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
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    Enjoy the first novels that brought the world two of Agatha Christies’ most enduring detectives: Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. The Murder at the Vicarage is the first Miss Marple mystery, one which tests all her powers of observation and deduction. In The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Captain Arthur Hastings, invalided in the Great War, is recuperating as a guest of John Cavendish at Styles Court, the "country-place" of John's autocratic old aunt, Emily Inglethorpe.

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    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David McCallion
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    One morning the residents of an English estate, Styles, are horrified to find the lady of the manor in the throes of fatal strychnine poisoning. They seek the help of Poirot, a refugee who is staying in a nearby village after fleeing Belgium during World War I. On the day of her death, Mrs. Inglethorp was overheard arguing with an unknown man and became so upset that she altered her will, but no one can find a copy of it and a murderer is on the loose.

    Regular price: £18.79

    • Mysterious Affair at Styles, with a Bonus Interview!

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: James Warwick
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Following the critically acclaimed success of Agatha Christie's The Secret Adversary read by award-winning narrator Alison Larkin comes the very first Hercule Poirot mystery - The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

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    • 'The Secret Adversary' and 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Alison Larkin, James Warwick
    • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
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      4 out of 5 stars 18
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    In this delightful double-bill of Agatha Christie's first two novels, award winning narrator/comedienne Alison Larkin and TV star James Warwick bring The Secret Adversary and The Mysterious Affair at Styles to sparkling new life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Two Agatha Christie Greats

    • By RachieBlossom on 07-09-18

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 2

    • Murder on the Links

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
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      5 out of 5 stars 36
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    An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse.

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    • Yawn....

    • By Mrs A on 02-07-14

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    • Murder on the links

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
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    An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really enjoyable read.

    • By Bozz on 26-04-18

    Regular price: £8.49

    • Murder on the Links

    • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse....

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    • The Murder on the Links

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Charles Armstrong
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
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    When a man is found dead in a freshly dug grave adjacent to a golf course, Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings arrive on the scene only to be met by a hostile local police detective who is unwilling to share information. But Poirot's methodical investigation slowly and surely reveals the real killer amid a host of suspects and clues, including an impassioned love letter and heavy lead piping found near the body. However, as Poirot and Hastings rush to solve the murder, a similarly slain corpse and fresh clues are discovered. 

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  • Book 3

    • Poirot Investigates

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David Suchet
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
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    First there was the mystery of the film star and the diamond...then came the "suicide" that was murder...the mystery of the absurdly cheap flat...a suspicious death in a locked gun-room...a million dollar bond robbery...the curse of a pharoah's tomb...a jewel robbery by the sea...the abduction of a Prime Minister...the disappearance of a banker...a phone call from a dying man...and, finally, the mystery of the missing will.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • David Suchet IS Hercule Poirot

    • By Mr. P. Hoggan on 15-06-16

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    • Poirot Investigates

    • A Hercule Poirot Collection
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David Suchet
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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    First there was the mystery of the film star and the diamond...then came the "suicide" that was murder...the mystery of the absurdly cheap flat...a suspicious death in a locked gun room...a million-dollar bond robbery...the curse of a pharaoh's tomb...a jewel robbery by the sea...the abduction of a prime minister...the disappearance of a banker...a phone call from a dying man...and finally, the mystery of the missing will. What links these fascinating cases? Only the brilliant deductive powers of Hercule Poirot!

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  • Book 4

    • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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      5 out of 5 stars 357
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    Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Now, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved It

    • By Sue on 22-07-07

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    • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

    • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
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    Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected, also, that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

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  • Book 5

    • The Big Four

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164

    Framed in the doorway of Poirot's bedroom stood an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man's gaunt face stared for a moment, then he swayed and fell. Who was he? Was he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what was the significance of the figure four, scribbled over and over again on a sheet of paper? Poirot finds himself plunged into a world of international intrigue, risking his life to uncover the truth about "Number Four".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Poirot's most exciting adventure!

    • By George on 08-06-11

    Regular price: £8.49

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