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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.
Hercule Poirot is asked by Prince Paul of Maurania to solve the murder of Henry Reedburn, which has greatly distressed the Prince's fiancÉe, the famous dancer Valerie Saintclair. The only other witnesses seem to be a family of four who were playing bridge near an open window when she staggered in, crying "Murder!"
In appearance Hercule Poirot hardly resembled an ancient Greek hero. Yet-reasoned the detective-like Hercules he had been responsible for ridding society of some of its most unpleasant monsters. So, in the period leading up to his retirement, Poirot made up his mind to accept just twelve more cases: his self-imposed 'Labours'. Each would go down n the annals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.
Previously published in the print anthology The Golden Ball and Other Stories. Thirty years ago, a house was inhabited by a man and his young son. One day the man traveled to London, was recognized as a criminal, and shot himself. What ever happened to the boy?
Previously published in the print anthology Double Sin and Other Stories. Raoul Daubreuil insists his fiancee give up her activities as a talented and successful medium when they marry. However, he agrees to attend what is to be her last seance--with Madame Exe. But even Raoul cant foresee the tragedy ahead.
Previously published in the print anthology Poirots Early Cases. The Lemesurier family is plagued by a medieval curse, ensuring that no firstborn son will ever receive his inheritance. Can Hercule Poirot solve the riddle of the curse?
Previously published in the print anthology The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories.Frank Oliver returns to England after years of overseas service only to realize he no longer knows anyone there. On visiting the British Museum, he encounters the "lonely god," who seems to be experiencing the same sense of isolation he is. Will this strange deity help relieve him of his loneliness?
Poirot had been present when Jane bragged of her plan to 'get rid of' her estranged husband. Now the monstrous man was dead, but how could Jane have stabbed Lord Edgware to death in his library at exactly the same time she was seen dining with friends? And what could be her motive now that the aristocrat had vinally granted her a divorce?
Previously published in the print anthology Poirot's Early Cases. A Burmese official goes missing in London, as does his very precious cargo.
Mr. Satterthwaite and Colonel Melrose are comfortably ensconced in the Colonel's study when the phone suddenly rings. Someone has been murdered, and, as the county chief constable, the Colonel lets Satterthwaite accompany him to the scene of the crime. The two of them have opposing opinions on why Sir James Dwighton has been bashed over the head with a blunt instrument. Rumor had it that red-haired beauty Laura Dwighton and her guest, the very attractive Mr. Paul Delangua, were engaged in an illicit affair, and Paul was thrown out by the disgruntled Sir James. But the facts of the murder all seem to add up too nicely, and then Mr. Quin arrives on the scene....
Previously published in the print anthology The Golden Ball and Other Stories. Theodora Darrell is running away with her lover--and her husband's business associate--Vincent Easton, when she learns that her husband, Richard, is facing financial ruin. Old loyalties resurface, and she returns home to see if she can fix the situation.
3 full-length Hercule Poirot novels: Appointment with Death, Peril at End House, and Sad Cypress.
Previously published in the print anthology The Mysterious Mr. Quin. Mr. Satterthwaite has moved to a Mediterranean island, where he encounters Anthony Cosden just as Cosden is about to leap to his death. Apparently this was not Cosden's first attempt; only yesterday he had been stopped from jumping by Harley Quin. Can they bring happiness back to the poor man's life?
Pretty, young Anne came to London looking for adventure. In fact, adventure comes looking for her--and finds her immediately at Hyde Park Corner tube station. Anne is present on the platform when a thin man, reeking of mothballs, loses his balance and is electrocuted on the rails. The Scotland Yard verdict is accidental death. But Anne is not satisfied. After all, who was the man in the brown suit who examined the body? And why did he race off, leaving a cryptic message behind: "17-122 Kilmorden Castle"?
The rather disgruntled pair of Tommy and Tuppence are sequestered in the Grand Adlington Hotel, having made a pig's ear out of their latest case. But, while mournfully sipping cocktails, with Tommy oddly dressed as a parson, they are gleefully accosted by their old acquaintance Mr. Bulger, who has London's most beautiful stage actress, Gilda Glen, in tow. Featherbrained and a little confused, Gilda takes Tommy for a real clergyman and scrawls out a desperate note to meet him away from the hotel. While Tommy and Tuppence mull over the note, in storms an old flame of Gilda's, claiming he wants to wring someone's neck. When the duo turn up at the meeting place, all hell breaks loose.
Previously published in the print anthology Partners in Crime. The Beresfords finally come face to face with their secret adversary. In order to crack the case, they must ape the techniques of the great Hercule Poirot.
Sane and sensible Edward Robinson secretly dreams of fast cars, adventurous women, and danger, but his fiancÉe, Maud, keeps him grounded in reality. When Edward wins money in a newspaper competition, he immediately buys the sleek red car of his dreams - without telling Maud. Adventure swiftly ensues, as he is embroiled in high society scandals that lead him to a significant transformation.
Previously published in the print anthology The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories.Two cousins, Fenella Mylecharane and Juan Faraker, are engaged. When their eccentric uncle dies, they eagerly return to the Isle of Man for the reading of the will. Having grown up hearing tales of buried treasure on the island, they are excited when the will reveals that their uncle found it. But where?
Previously published in the print anthology Poirots Early Cases. A man has apparently committed suicide, but things are not always as they appear. The housekeeper points out that the gun was in the victims left hand, yet he was right handed.
The first three of Agatha Christie's twelve, celebrated Miss Marple novels in one collection. Including The Murder at the Vicarage, The Body in the Library and The Moving Finger.
A young banker is suspected of stealing one million dollars in Liberty Bonds on a transatlantic journey to New York, and appeals to Hercule Poirot to clear his name. Poirot learns the identities of the three people who hold keys to the locked trunk, but it won't be as easy to identify the true thief...
The quaint village of St Mary Mead has been glamourized by the presence of screen queen Marina Gregg, who has taken up residence in preparation for her comeback. But when a local fan is poisoned, Marina finds herself starring in a real-life mystery-supported with scene-stealing aplomb by Jane Marple, who suspects that the lethal cocktail was intended for someone else. But who? If it was meant for Marina, then why? And before the final fade-out, who else from St Mary Mead's cast of seemingly innocent characters is going to be eliminated?
The quaint village of St Mary Mead has been glamourized by the presence of screen queen Marina Gregg, who has taken up residence in preparation for her comeback. But when a local fan is poisoned, Marina finds herself starring in a real-life mystery--supported with scene-stealing aplomb by Jane Marple, who suspects that the lethal cocktail was intended for someone else. But who? If it was meant for Marina, then why? And before the final fade-out, who else from St Mary Mead's cast of seemingly innocent characters is going to be eliminated?
Presented for the first time in one volume are all twenty of the short stories featuring Miss Jane Marple, that delightful spinster whose innocent blue eyes belie her shrewd insights. Here, in her pretty Victorian home, her knitting needles clicking softly in the background, Agatha Christie's famous amateur sleuth solves twenty crimes in her mild, quiet manner, basing her solutions on past experiences and an insistence that human nature is the same everywhere. It was, of course, the small village of St. Mary Mead that served as Miss Marple's training ground in the finer points of criminal behavior, and this, according to the former commissioner of Scotland Yard, Sir Henry Clithering, was clearly a matter of "natural genius cultivated in a suitable soil." While others are mulling over seemingly unfathomable situations, Miss Marple uses her principles to sort out facts and "go straight to the truth like a homing pigeon."