The Labors of Hercules (Hercule Poirot)

June 30, 2013 - Comment

On the verge of retirement, Hercule Poirot can’t resist the lure of a seemingly unsolvable series of recent crimes–from a lost Pekinese to a man driven mad by love to a gentleman poisoned by gossip. Related Related posts: The Labors of Hercules: A Hercule Poirot Collection (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) Five Complete Hercule Poirot Novels: Thirteen

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Gary F. Taylor "GFT" says:

Charming, Witty, and Extremely Entertaining Published in 1947, THE LABORS OF HERCULES finds Agatha Christie writing in a bright, slightly relaxed manner. The result is a mixture of mystery, adventure, and an unexpected literary conceit: she transforms the ancient Greek mythology of the twelve labors of Hercules into a modern mythology of the twelve labors of Hercules–Poirot, that is. And the resulting work is quite charming.The book will be best appreciated by those who have actually read a bit of Ancient Greek mythology…

Michele L. Worley says:

Destroying modern monsters If you’re interested in an unabridged audio version, the Raymond Massey recording is excellent, although it omits both the prologue and the last paragraph or so of the final adventure. In the prologue, Poirot plans, as an artistic finale to his career, to take 12 last cases – no more – in imitation of the Labours of Hercules, before retiring to grow vegetable marrows. (He even followed through – see _The Murder of Roger Ackroyd_ for Poirot in retirement.)

Anonymous says:

Ingenious Christie work Agatha Christie came up with some pretty unusual premises for her mysteries and this one is no exception. Hercule Poirot is enjoying a casual after-dinner conversation with a friend when the topic goes on to names and it is pointed out that his namesake Hercules became a Greek God and was instrumental in ridding the world of beasts and monsters. The idea piques Poirot’s interest; he begins looking at himself as a modern-day version of Hercules whose task is to catch criminals – the modern…

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