Hastingsthe faithful friend of Hercules Poirot, recounts a series of cases happily solved by the famous Belgian detective who, convinced of the infallibility of his deductive method, is capable of taking advantage of any trivial incident, with no apparent relationship with the case investigated, to always discover the truth. The secret of his success lies, as he himself proudly confesses Poirotin the quality of the gray cells of his privileged brain.


«Poirot investigated» is an anthology of eleven stories narrated by Hastings about some cases in which the eccentric detective Hercules Poirot It looks intrusive. The stories are easy to read and entertaining, always with the black humor characteristic of the brilliant detective.

If you are adept at reading detective stories, you may find the stories a bit light, in addition to the fact that they fall short and do not develop the stories very well, but they are still entertaining, especially for the protagonist duo, where the good Hastings is always intellectually overshadowed by Poirot’s genius, giving way to small hilarious scenes where the former strives to solve the mysteries, but always ends up making wrong deductions, while Poirot struts around proudly of his “gray cells.”

«Agatha Christie» manages with the stories to accentuate the personality of Poirot, chivalrous and mellifluous, weapons that he uses very consciously to solve the cases, since many of his deductions are due to the study of human nature, in the same way you can see how arrogant he can be when his partner Hastings can’t come up with the right answers.

The stories are varied and some are more entertaining than others, as usually happens in short story anthologies, which is also a clear impediment to developing the stories, which is why it is a bit disappointing given that most of the stories end up having gaps that They were not able to be filled with the few pages they make use of, so sometimes there is the feeling that Poirot seems to have powers beyond observation, and the fact that from one moment to the next he has already Once the case is solved, perhaps for the universe in which the stories take place it will work, but the reader will be left halfway and unsatisfied if he or she has not been given the tools to put the puzzle together.

«Poirot investigated» becomes entertaining without further ado, perhaps its greatest contribution is seeing Poirot as a private detective in a serious and professional manner, without forgetting how fun it is to observe Hastings making failed deductions, however, it is clear that for the great Hercule Poirot needs many more pages that reveal its true potential, so you can notice a distaste that doesn’t end up being completely pleasing.


Two stars


Agatha Christie Biography

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay, September 15, 1890. She is considered one of the greatest crime and mystery authors in universal literature. Her prolific work still attracts a legion of followers, and she is one of the most translated authors in the world and whose novels and stories are still the subject of reissues, performances and film adaptations.

Christie was the creator of great characters dedicated to the world of mystery, such as the endearing Miss Marple or the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. To date, it is estimated that more than four billion copies of her books have been sold, translated into more than 100 languages ​​around the world. In addition, her play Her Mousetrap remained on stage for 23,000 performances.

Born into a middle-class family, Agatha Christie was a nurse during World War I. Her first novel was published in 1920 and she was very active sending stories to newspapers and magazines.

After a first divorce, Christie married the archaeologist Max Mallowan, with whom she carried out several excavations in the Middle East that would later serve to set some of her most famous stories, as well as her work in a hospital pharmacy, which helped her to perfect your knowledge of poisons.

Christie’s work spans more than fifty years, with characters such as Miss Marple and Poirot, being classified as an enigma novel. Among her novels, titles such as Ten Little Black Men, Murder on the Orient Express, Three Blind Mice, Death on the Nile, The Murder of Roger Acroyd or Killing is Easy, among many others, should be highlighted. There are dozens of film adaptations of her work.

In addition to these works, Agatha Christie also dedicated herself to romantic novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott.

Christie received numerous awards and distinctions throughout her career, such as the title of Dame of the British Empire or the first Grand Master Award granted by the Mystery Writers Association.

Agatha Christie died in Wallingford on January 12, 1976.


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