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The Big Four: A Hercule Poirot Mystery
     

The Big Four: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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by Agatha Christie
 

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Hercule Poirot is preparing for a voyage to South America. Looming in the doorway of his bedroom is an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust and mud. The man's gaunt face registers Poirot for a moment, and then he collapses. The stranger recovers long enough to identify Poirot by name and madly and repeatedly scribble the figure '4' on a piece of paper.

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Hercule Poirot is preparing for a voyage to South America. Looming in the doorway of his bedroom is an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust and mud. The man's gaunt face registers Poirot for a moment, and then he collapses. The stranger recovers long enough to identify Poirot by name and madly and repeatedly scribble the figure '4' on a piece of paper. Poirot cancels his trip. An investigation is in order. Fortunately, Poirot has the faithful Captain Hastings at his side as he plunges into a conspiracy of international scope -- one that would consolidate power in the deadly cabal known as 'The Big Four.'

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
First time on audio, super sleuth Hercule Poirot tracks down an international quartet of criminals. Read by Hugh Fraser. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Dorothy L. Sayers
“It is always a delight to meet Hercule Poirot again. He is one of the few detectives with real charm.”
The Observer (UK)
“The acknowledged queen of detective fiction.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061739095
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/06/2004
Series:
Hercule Poirot Series , #5
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
56,109
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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The Big Four (Hercule Poirot Series) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
A complex plot that will keep you on your toes. As another reviewer stated, the plot is a bit hard to follow. Lots of twists and turns. Love the fact that Hasting has returned. Contains several French phrases so keep your French to English translation app handy. Well edited.
Cinnamon9 More than 1 year ago
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!
gramieJL More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Agatha Christie's books multiple times. To me, Agatha Christie was the quintessential mystery writer. This collection of short stories is different from many others because the stories are connected by the four villians. The stories are well done, like all of her stories. Love her descriptions and intricate mysteries. No matter how many times I read these, I am intrigued from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was very dramatic and far-fetched, but it was AWESOME to read if you like melodramatic kind of spy-like things... Great sacrifices (well, one amazingly humungous and intensely mind-blowing one is what I can remember) shall be made, and murders shall be committed. It's basically Mister Hastings' vision of the most interesting murder ever, which is...well, interesting! I reccomend it very much!
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Anonymous 28 days ago
Her books are brilliant, but this one is not one of her best. If you are looking to read a Poirot mystery for the 1st time, don't read this one. Read the rest, preferably in order, first and come back to this one. It's not terrible, but it is odd. It tries to be too many things at once, so it never really succeeds at any of them. It's a, weak, full-length book that reads like a so-so short story. Which, is really strange, because, normally, both her full-length stories and her short stories are all well-plotted, tightly written masterpieces. It isn't really a mystery, though it has mysterious bits. It isn't really a tale of espionage, though it hints at international intrigue. It was written in 1927, so, when reading it, you have to keep in mind the politics of the world between WWI & WWII. Also, in 1927, the stories of Det. Charlie Chan and Dr. Fu Manchu were popular, so they may have influenced this book's style, too. Like I said, this isn't one of my favorites, but it has it's moments; particularly, the bond of friendship between Poirot and Hastings. Read this book, if you will, but make sure you read her other books, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story was interesting but difficult to follow story line
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And it sure isnt the sane as book. Have all in h c /sc so will dig out and check one of a c s intra national supercriminal ones and not a favorite theme but will re read they have been messing around with her stories and swutch piorit with marple
Bretton More than 1 year ago
It's not Agatha Christie's best. Too many words, not enough action. Also, for her, the unseen-hand plays too large a role in the twists and turns of the puzzle. However, Hastings is in fine form while narrating the exploits of his beloved friend Hercule Poirot.
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Politican More than 1 year ago
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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