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The Big Four (Hercule Poirot Series)

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Christie's Belgian Giant Solves Another Mystery

Dame Christie rejoins us with our favorite egg-head armchair detective, Hercule Poirot, assisted by his great friend, Captain Hastings. Each little problem is as a pebble in the shoe for the great Poirot, of no great consequence and easily dealt with. However, when th...
Dame Christie rejoins us with our favorite egg-head armchair detective, Hercule Poirot, assisted by his great friend, Captain Hastings. Each little problem is as a pebble in the shoe for the great Poirot, of no great consequence and easily dealt with. However, when the connection to dastardly gang of genius super-villains, The Big Four, is discovered in each event, Poirot dwells on the deeper complexities of the cases with his "little gray cells" until he is eventually able to ensnare all four foul masters of evil.

This novel, really a collection of simple tales, isn't one of the strongest in the Christie magnum opus. In fact, it is sort of out of character for Poirot to be so blatantly active in his pursuits. Where's the armchair? The one immensely entertaining moment is the introduction of Poirot's twin brother. I'll say no more on that topic!

A noteworthy quality missing from the usual brilliance of Christie's stories is the chance to develop a relationship with any of the characters in a meaningful way. I would recommend the following novels ahead of this one. Enjoy!

posted by basson_mommy12 on January 5, 2010

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    Very enjoyable!

    A wonderful Hercule Poirot adventure! As usual Agatha Christie gives us another great adventure. The character development of the "Big Four" draws you deeper into the storyline as you read. I especially enjoyed the unmasking of "Number Four". Thoroughly enjoyable, and recommended!

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

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    My Fav. book

    This was the first book I ever read from Agatha Christie, and I,m really glad I read it. To me the plot was outstanding and so intriguing. I feel like people are comparing this to Agatha's other writings when it should be in its own Category even compared to other books I've read....this book sticks out in a great way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2008

    Not a Typical Christie

    Very good, but not a regular case. I was intrigued by the problem and how it was solved

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2001

    Too Far-Fetched

    I love Christie and Poirot, but this plot bounced around a little too much for me, and the story was a bit too fantastic as well. Still, Christie's writing style and familiar characters made it an enjoyable read nonetheless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2000

    poirot excells

    poirot & hastings battles wits with the 'big four. death,intrigue disguises cannot stop hercule from the truth

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2000

    Hi mister

    I liked this book because it was not too long and not too short.

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