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Monday, April 16, 2007

List of Agatha Christie's novel with the names of detectives

1920 The Mysterious Affair at Styles Hercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings
Chief Inspector Japp

1922 The Secret Adversary Tommy and Tuppence

1923 Murder on the Links Hercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings

1924 The Man in the Brown Suit Anne Beddingfeld
Colonel Race

1925 The Secret of Chimneys Superintendent Battle

1926 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Hercule Poirot

1927 The Big Four Hercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings
Chief Inspector Japp

1928 The Mystery of the Blue Train Hercule Poirot

1929 The Seven Dials Mystery Bill Eversleigh
Superintendent Battle

1930 The Murder at the Vicarage Miss Marple

1931 The Sittaford Mystery
also Murder at Hazelmoor

1932 Peril at End House Hercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings
Chief Inspector Japp

1933 Lord Edgware Dies Hercule Poirot
also Thirteen at Dinner Arthur Hastings
Chief Inspector Japp

1934 Murder on the Orient Express Hercule Poirot
also Murder on the Calais Coach

1934 Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
also The Boomerang Clue

1935 Three Act Tragedy Hercule Poirot
also Murder in Three Acts

1935 Death in the Clouds Hercule Poirot
also Death in the Air Chief Inspector Japp

1936 The A.B.C. Murders Hercule Poirot
also The Alphabet Murders Arthur Hastings
Chief Inspector Japp

1936 Murder in Mesopotamia Hercule Poirot

1936 Cards on the Table Hercule Poirot
Colonel Race
Superintendent Battle
Ariadne Oliver

1937 Death on the Nile Hercule Poirot
Colonel Race

1937 Dumb Witness Hercule Poirot
also Poirot Loses a Client Arthur Hastings
also Mystery at Littlegreen House Chief Inspector Japp
also Murder at Littlegreen House

1938 Appointment with Death Hercule Poirot

1938 Hercule Poirot's Christmas Hercule Poirot
also Murder for Christmas
also A Holiday for Murder

1939 Ten Little Niggers
also Ten Little Indians
also And Then There Were None

1939 Murder is Easy Superintendent Battle
also Easy to Kill

1940 Sad Cypress Hercule Poirot

1940 One, Two, Buckle My Shoe Hercule Poirot
also An Overdose of Death Chief Inspector Japp
also The Patriotic Murders

1941 Evil Under the Sun Hercule Poirot

1941 N or M? Tommy and Tuppence

1942 The Body in the Library Miss Marple

1942 Five Little Pigs Hercule Poirot
also Murder in Retrospect

1942 The Moving Finger Miss Marple
also The Case of the Moving Finger

1944 Towards Zero Superintendent Battle
also Come and be Hanged Inspector James Leach

1944 Death Comes as the End

1945 Sparkling Cyanide Colonel Race
also Remembered Death

1946 The Hollow Hercule Poirot
also Murder After Hours

1948 Taken at the Flood Hercule Poirot
also There is a Tide

1949 Crooked House Charles Hayward

1950 A Murder is Announced Miss Marple

1951 They Came to Baghdad

1952 Mrs McGinty's Dead Hercule Poirot
also Blood Will Tell Ariadne Oliver

1952 They Do It with Mirrors Miss Marple
also Murder with Mirrors

1953 A Pocket Full of Rye Miss Marple

1953 After the Funeral Hercule Poirot
also Funerals are Fatal
also Murder at the Gallop

1954 Destination Unknown
also So Many Steps to Death

1955 Hickory Dickory Dock Hercule Poirot
also Hickory Dickory Death

1956 Dead Man's Folly Hercule Poirot
Ariadne Oliver

1957 4.50 From Paddington Miss Marple
also What Mrs. McGillycuddy Saw
also Murder She Said

1958 Ordeal by Innocence

1959 Cat Among the Pigeons Hercule Poirot

1961 The Pale Horse Inspector Lejeune
Ariadne Oliver

1962 The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side Miss Marple
also The Mirror Crack'd

1963 The Clocks Hercule Poirot

1964 A Caribbean Mystery Miss Marple

1965 At Bertram's Hotel Miss Marple

1966 Third Girl Hercule Poirot
Ariadne Oliver

1967 Endless Night

1968 By the Pricking of My Thumbs Tommy and Tuppence

1969 Hallowe'en Party Hercule Poirot
Ariadne Oliver

1970 Passenger to Frankfurt

1971 Nemesis Miss Marple

1972 Elephants Can Remember Hercule Poirot
Ariadne Oliver

1973 Postern of Fate Tommy and Tuppence

1975 Curtain Hercule Poirot
Poirot's last case Arthur Hastings

1976 Sleeping Murder Miss Marple

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Peril At End House

Nick Buckley' was the last of her family and she lived in her family house named 'End House'.

She had three near escapes from death in three days.

Poirot realized that peril was very close at hand and he tried to prevent it. But he couldn't...

Dead Man's Folly

Famous crime novelist Ariadne Oliver organized a mock murder hunt for the village fete hosted by Sir George and Lady Stubbs.

While organizing the murder hunt Mrs. Oliver got a feelings that something was wrong. For this reason she called her friend M. Hercule Poirot. She proved correct when a murder was committed very soon.

Poirot took part in the real murder hunt to unmask the murderer and he soon realized that everyone is playing a part...

Friday, February 23, 2007

The Labours of Hercules

"He looked round him with approval. A square room, with good square modern furniture - even a piece of good modern sculpture representing one cube placed on another cube and above it a geometrical arrangement of copper wire. And in the midst of this shining and orderly room, himself. He looked at himself in the glass. Here, then, was a modern Hercules - very distinct from that unpleasant sketch of a naked figure with bulging muscles, brandishing a club. Instead, a small compact figure attired in correct urban wear with a moustache - such a moustache as Hercules never dreamed of cultivating - a moustache magnificent yet sophisticated.

Yet there was between this Hercule Poirot and the Hercules of Classical lore one point of resemblance. Both of them, undoubtedly, had been instrumental in ridding the world of certain pests... Each of them could be described as a benefactor to the Society he lived in...

There should be once again, the Labours of Hercules - a modern Hercules. An ingenious and amusing conceit! In the period before his final retirement he would accept twelve cases, no more, no less. And those twelve cases should be selected with special reference to the twelve labours of ancient Hercules."

The twelve labours of the Classical Hercules is as follows:

1. Slay the Nemean Lion and bring back its fur.
2. Slay the Lernaean Hydra.
3. Capture the Ceryneian Hind.
4. Capture the Erymanthian Boar.
5. Clean the Augean stables in a single day.
6. Slay the Stymphalian Birds.
7. Capture the Cretan Bull.
8. Steal the Mares of Diomedes.
9. Obtain the Girdle of Hippolyte.
10. Obtain the Cows of Geryon.
11. Steal the Apples of the Hesperides.
12. Capture Cerberus, the guardian dog of Hades and bring him back.

The twelve labours of the modern Hercules i.e. Hercule Poirot is same in name but symbolism is involved.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Potrait of a Murder or Murder in Retrospect or Five Little Pigs

Carla Lemarchant was the daughter of Amyas Crale and Caroline Crale. Carla was only five years of age when her mother Caroline Crale was tried for murdering her husband.

After sixteen years Carla asked Poi rot to clear her mother name, because before Caroline's death in prison she wrote a letter to her daughter telling that she not murdered her husband. Poi rot couldn't refuse Carla and found the murderer of Amyas Crale.