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De beroemde detective Hercule Poirot heeft besloten zich uit zijn werk terug te trekken. Nog maar twaalf zaken zal hij op zich nemen, en die zal hij uitkiezen om hun overeenkomsten met de twaalf werken van Hercules, zijn naamgenoot uit de Griekse oudheid.De 'werken' van Hercule Poirot zijn volledig verschillend van aard: van het opsporen van verdwenen schoothondjes tot hetDe beroemde detective Hercule Poirot heeft besloten zich uit zijn werk terug te trekken. Nog maar twaalf zaken zal hij op zich nemen, en die zal hij uitkiezen om hun overeenkomsten met de twaalf werken van Hercules, zijn naamgenoot uit de Griekse oudheid.De 'werken' van Hercule Poirot zijn volledig verschillend van aard: van het opsporen van verdwenen schoothondjes tot het ontmaskeren van een moordenaar....

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De werken van Hercules Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-03-25 13:41

    Only a Poirot completist like me would finish #26, based on either (you choose) a forced or clever premise: Poirot is (supposedly) ready to retire. In appearance he hardly resembles Hercules, but he thinks his mind is equal to Hercules’s body and physical exploits. They both rid the world of monsters, in their own fashion. So Poirot chooses 12 cases to close out his career (though it really doesn’t), mirroring the 12 Labors of Hercules. So it’s a nice idea, clever in its way, but the order and comparisons to the original Labors is (my vote on this issue) forced and artificial. Part of it for me is that I much prefer the novels of Christie to the short stories, and these are 12 short stories. There are some individual ones that are clever, but they lack the language, the conception, and the complexity of the best of the novels. That said, this is still Christie, it is still Poirot, and so it is still good, if not in the upper echelon of Poirot books. I see a lot of people really voted “clever” on this one, so okay, that just points to Christie as artist. I thought it was just okay, but compared to the rest of the world of mystery writers it is still pretty great stuff for many. I have several others to suggest if you want to read just one. Not this one, I say. 2.5, rounded up for no particular reason. Maybe it's that amusing mock-epic Hercules comparison idea, if not the performance of that idea.

  • Laurel Young
    2019-04-15 10:20

    Of all Agatha Christie's collections of stories featuring the great Hercule Poirot, this is the one of which the man himself would most approve. It has the order and method, to be sure! A perfect dozen cases, updating the Labours of Hercules for the modern world (well, the 1947 world). The stories have a certain inevitability to them--it would be a shame to name a character Hercule and NOT do something with the classical allusion. The format is both the collection's greatest strength and its weakness. The strength is that it seems so perfectly fitting for Poirot and that it allows Christie to be very clever and imaginative as she comes up with modern counterparts for the Labours. The weakness is that we must suspend a lot of disbelief to accept that Poirot found all these cases in their classical order, and inevitably some of them are a better success than others.So, for example, the tale of the Nemean Lion is clever and charming (a Pekinese is the "lion"!), but in order to make all twelve stories fit, Poirot is obliged to do some globe-trotting and adventuring that are out of character for him (not quite as bad as The Big Four, but still) or to happen to be on the spot for cases that are far outside his normal sphere. I was a bit tired of the Labours conceit by the end, but I did really like some of the symbolism (gossip = the new Hydra, for example) and I loved that Poirot got a hint of love interest in the last story!

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-04-15 15:45

    Twelve Hercule Poirot short stories, framed by the device of having each story relate to one of the labours of Hercules. Some of them are a bit of a stretch, like the Nemean lion being kidnapped Pekingese dogs. I read this once and found it utterly forgettable. Someone recently requested it from me on PaperbackSwap, and I read the first few stories again before sending it off. I wasn't interested enough to read them all.2.5 stars. For Poirot completists only.

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2019-04-13 13:33

    This one is a special favourite. Hercule Poirot sets out to emulate the twelve labours of his mythical namesake - but using the little grey cells, not muscles. It has got some absolute gems: "The Lernean Hydra", "The Erymanthian Boar", "The Augean Stables", "The Stymphalean Birds", "The Girdle of Hyppolita" and "The Capture of Cerebrus".

  • Michael
    2019-04-03 15:23

    While I respect Agatha Christie for her contributions to the mystery genre, I have to admit I'm not necessarily a big fan of much of her work.I've liked a good deal of what I've read, but for the most part little of it seems to end up on my list of favorite mystery stories or she on my list of favorite mystery writers.But every once in a while, I'll admit something about a Christie mystery or story captures my attention and I'm inclined to pick it up. In this case, it's the hook for this collection of short stories.In the later stages of his career, Hercule Poirot decides that he will take up a series of cases modeled after the legendary labors of Hercules. Each case must someone tie into one of the feats of the legendary hero.And so, the great detective launches into a series of puzzles that are all (for the most part) of much lower stakes than the usual Poirot mystery. There are few stories here that deal with a murder and most involve a lost object or getting to the bottom of a particular issue or problem. Poirot engages the gray cells a bit.However, while it's fun to see Christie tie in the mythological stories of Hercules to the detective pursuits of Poirot, I have to admit that many of these mysteries were a bit too obvious in their solution. In just about half the stories, I deduced the outcome or solution several pages before Poirot did as well as the motivation for the "crime" presented in the story. On the one hand, it's nice that Christie works to put all the details out there and not appear to come up with a solution out of left field. But it's another if the reader is too easily able to discern the solution before the detective in the story and there's no attempts to put in a red herring or two.Part of this could be the limitation of short story telling. There's less time to develop red herrings in the story. In the end, I found myself enjoying the idea behind "The Labours of Hercules" more than I did the actual execution of the book.

  • Nicola
    2019-04-18 13:41

    Not her best work, the short stories are often pretty mediocre and, which is rather worse, Agatha runs off on her pet hobby horse of 'Drugs! Bad! Demon, Devil!' quite a bit. When she does this it becomes slightly reminesent of that gawds awful nightmare she wrote when, I charitably assume, she had gone totally senile and gaga - Passenger to Frankfurt527].

  • Moonlight Reader
    2019-04-07 09:27

    I am admittedly not a short story reader. I have now, however, read every last Hercule Poirot and the vast majority of the rest of the Christie full-length canon, so I have no choice but to dip into Agatha's short stories.I listened to this as an audiobook, and it was delightful. The stories are loosely linked with a theme, and there is one character - Amy Carnaby - who shows up in two of the stories. I loved Amy Carnaby and I dearly wish that Christie had given her a book or two. I actually preferred her devious competence to Jane Marple's village sagacity. The stories, overall, were well written and delightful. I figured out a couple of them, but that is probably more of a testament to my thorough familiarity with Christie's method than it is to any special perspicacity on my part!

  • Richa
    2019-04-07 14:47

    This book is among the better works in the Poirot series. The 1st chapter or the Forward, introduces the premise, which immediately got me hooked. Very different concept.Congratulations to Agatha Christie for convincingly giving practical instances, explaining the allegory in the 12 labours of Hercules!She has grasped the crux of it and has beautifully narrated the 12 stories to show how the labours weren't really insane or fantastical.

  • Dion Yulianto
    2019-04-08 10:28

    "Ada saatnya ketika kita tidak perlu berhemat," kata Poirot. (hlm. 445)"Benar sekali, saat di obralan buku misalnya," tambah saya.Dan, Hercule Poirot selalu benar.

  • Obsidian
    2019-04-06 07:42

    Many long time Christie fans know that Hercule would go on and on about retiring (at least it felt like it) well in this collection we have Hercule talking about going into retirement and growing the perfect vegetable marrow. This makes me think that the events in this collection all occur before the events in "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd." Poirot's conversation with his friend, Dr. Burton leads into the Greek hero named Hercules and his 12 labors that he undertook. What did make me laugh was Poirot finding Hercules to be a brute who was not smart at all (I tend to agree when you read the Greek myths, Hercules sucks a lot). But, Poirot decides that he will investigate 12 more cases that interest him before setting in the country.The Nemean Lion (5 stars)-This one tickled my funny bone a lot. We have Poirot becoming intrigued by the case of a gang of thieves who appear to abduct rich women's Pekingese dogs. Reading about how Poirot has to deal with each of these rich women (there are two in this story) and how many of them are pretty terrible people was fun. Due to Poirot being called in to investigate by one of these women's husbands was what made Poirot intrigued. The main reason why I liked this one besides the awesome solution though was that Poirot revealed something about someone else in this story and I loved it. Great ending.The Lernaean Hydra (4.5 stars)- Poirot investigates when a dentist is being hounded by gossip about being behind the death of his wife. Of course it doesn't help that the man was not really in love with his wife and had fallen for his assistant. The only reason why this case is not five stars was that I guessed at who was behind the whole thing. The Arcadian Deer (3 stars)-This one was weird to me. Poirot gets stranded in a remote village and is asked to find out about a missing maid. Poirot travels to Italy and Switzerland in this one. And I had so many questions about how much money Poirot has that he is able to do things like this. The solution to this one was pretty odd I thought.The Erymanthian Boar (5 stars)-Due to Poirot still being in Switzerland due to his last case, he is called upon by a local policeman in helping to track down a highly wanted criminal. I do have to say though, there is a side character called Schwartz who I did find highly annoying. He and Poirot's comments on women traveling alone was aggravating. I imagine that Christie was drawing some ire towards Poirot and this other fictional character. The solution to this one I found to be pretty clever. The Augean Stables (5 stars)-This once again was a pretty cool case. Poirot was called in to help out the current Prime Minister who is trying to get ahead of the scandal due to his predecessor who is also his father in law. How Poirot goes about dealing with the scandal was quite clever and the ending that came with Poirot almost getting throttled for the first time in his life cracked me up. The Stymphalean Birds (5 stars)-This story starts off a bit differently. We follow a man (Harold Waring) who is on vacation where he befriends an older woman (Mrs. Rice) and her daughter (Mrs. Elise Clayton) who are also vacationing. Harold becomes increasingly afraid of two older Polish women who seem malevolent to him. Harold also finds himself becoming increasingly attracted to Elise and feels sorry for her based on what her mother has said about her marriage. When Elise's husband shows up and accuses her of having an affair with Harold. Murder ensues. We have Poirot who also seems to be vacationing who comes along and meets Harold who is freaking out over the whole situation. When Poirot reveals all once again you are left surprised. Or at least I was. The Cretan Bull (3 stars)-This one was a lot of nonsense to me. A woman (Diana) comes to Poirot due to the fact that her fiancee (Hugh Chandler) has called off his marriage claiming that he is going insane. Apparently it's genetic (yeah, not touching that at all) and he has seen signs that he has done some things. Poirot goes down to visit with Diana, her fiancee, and her fiancee's father and his best friend and of course gets to the bottom of things. I have to call boo towards the solution though. Also we have Poirot and his odd brand of justice taking place in this story. The Horses of Diomedes (2 stars)-A friend of Poirot's, Dr. Michael Stoddart calls for his help. Poirot arrives and Dr. Stoddart tells him about a possible cocaine epidemic going through a crowd. Stoddart is particularly worried about a young woman named Sheila Grant. Sheila is the daughter of a retired general and has three other sisters. Stoddart is worried that Sheila will become addicted which can lead her towards ruin. Poirot meets with Sheila's father and others nearby to see who could possibly be bringing drugs into the area. I have to say that the solution to this one did not make any sense to me at all. And who would even set up something like this? The Girdle of Hippolyta (3 stars)-A man called Alexander Simpson asks Poirot for help when a painting goes missing. Poirot is told that the painting is most likely on it's way to France and Simpson wants him to find it before it is carried off. On top of this case, Poirot is asked to look into a kidnapping of a teenage girl called Winnie King. Winnie goes missing on a train (Christie and her trains) and is later found drugged up. Winnie was supposed to be heading to France to school and what happened to her and why leads Poirot down a long winding path. I just didn't buy the solution in this one at all. It made very little sense to me. Then again maybe I was getting flashbacks to "Mystery of the Blue Train" and got irritated. The Flock of Geryon (5 stars)-A character we meet in the Case of the Nemean Lion is back in this one. I won't reveal this person's name since it may clue people into the solution in that one. I did enjoy though that Poirot had a side kick again in this one. Poirot is asked to look into a cult and the leader's possible connections to the deaths of some of the older members of the cult who were thinking of leaving money to him.The Apples of Hesperides (2 stars)-Honestly I was bored with this one from beginning to end. I guess the moral of the story is that rich people get sad too. I don't know. I just was glad to be done with it. The Capture of Cerebus (3 stars)-Even though this one stars one of Poirot's favorite women, the Countess Vera Rossakoff, I found myself bored. Poirot is invited to visit Hell (a new club in London) and once within its gates he finds that not all is what it seems. He meets a fairly aggravating girl that is engaged to the Countess's son who is away in America. And Poirot also meets a very large dog which would have given Cerebus a run for his money.

  • Stephen McQuiggan
    2019-04-17 08:44

    The fussy little Belgian decides, like his mythical namesake, to undertake twelve labours before he retires. After that, he plans to do things with marrows. Like a pair of comfy old slippers, and I don't mean that in a derisory way. A marvelous conceit, each labour cleverly, symbolically linked - the cleaning of the Aegean stables transforms into the hushing up of a political scandal etc. No strain on the little grey cells, just warm pleasure. Christie is literary cocaine.

  • Dawn Michelle
    2019-04-23 08:21

    Hercule Poirot is thinking of retiring and has decided to take on only 12 more cases - 12 cases that resemble the 12 labors of Hercules [since he himself is semi-named after the god] and so the book begins. It is a delightful romp through 12 stories, some that tax even the unflappable Poirot. There are several that were my favorite as who was the perpetrator was NOT EVEN CLOSE to being who I thought it was and it was delightful to be proven wrong. A very delightful listen - Hugh Fraser is one of my favorite narrators and he does Monsieur Hercule Poirot complete justice.

  • Marijan
    2019-04-08 11:20

    knjiga je zanimljiva, ali je prijevod jednostavno užasan. doima se da prevodilac nije nikad imao veze s engleskim, a bogami niti hrvatskim frazama. patentirana koža? krhotina starog bloka?? doslovno preveden fraze samo se nižu i kvare čitanje.

  • Katheryn Thompson
    2019-03-29 09:24

    When a Classicist comments on the peculiarity of Hercule Poirot's name, given how little he resembles Hercules, Poirot sets out to prove him wrong, choosing twelve final cases before his retirement based on the twelve labours of Hercules.Reading Classics and English at university, I naturally love the concept. Although the rigid structure and the shortness of the stories means that the cases aren't overly complicated, they are all interesting in their own right as well as within the overall premise. The links between the cases and the labours of Hercules are also brilliantly imaginative.Agatha Christie pulls this premise off as perhaps no-one else could.

  • Almeta
    2019-04-13 15:26

    Just finished The Labours of Hercules the 26th volume of Hercule Poirot adventures. The premise is that Hercule has made a pact with himself to take on only twelve more cases before he retires to take up gardening. Not just any case but one that simulates the twelve labors of the Greek hero Hercules... not by brute strength but by the little gray cells!So twelve entertaining short stories follow.Obviously Hercule did not retire at volume 26, for there are a total of 41 volumes under Poirot's moniker.

  • Laura Verret
    2019-03-29 09:49

    Hercule Poirot does not underestimate his abilities. No, no – he is the best. And while he does not resemble that powerful demi-god, Hercules, he thinks that his brain, it is no less inferior than Hercules’ body. In fact, he is capable of achieving his own labour of Hercules!The Stories.The Nemean Lion. Hercule Poirot is outraged, insulted. Miss Lemon has suggested that he investigate the kidnapping of a Pekinese dog. How utterly beneath him! And yet, when he reads the owner’s letter, it is interesting. Very interesting…The Lernean Hydra. Dr. Charles Oldfield has come with an appeal to Monsieur Poirot. A few years ago, his wife died, and now people are saying he poisoned her! Yes, unless Monsieur Poirot can silence that nine-headed Hydra, gossip, Dr. Oldfield’s practice will be utterly ruined!The Arcadian Deer. Hercule Poirot’s car has broken down. It is annoying, yes, but it can be fixed – so the mechanic reports. He also reports that a woman, a friend of his has disappeared…The Erymanthian Boar. Poirot has been summoned to Rochers Neiges, a mountaintop resort, to capture a dangerous killer. But then the funicular malfunctions, leaving Monsieur and a collection of shady characters stranded on the mountain, separated from civilization.The Augean Stables. A thunderbolt is about to clap over British government – a shameful tale of imbezzlement and betrayal, unfortunately all true, is in the hands of a scandal-driven periodical. Can Poirot prevent the release of this catastrophic news from occurring?The Stymphalean Birds. Harold Waring met the sweet, gentle Elsie Clayton at a Herzoslovakian hotel. He assumed that she was a widow and began to fall in love with her. It was only then that he learned that she was still tied to an abusive husband whose jealousy knew no bounds…The Cretan Bull. Diana Maberly has come to Monsieur Poirot with an unusual request. Her fiancé has broken off their engagement. His reason for doing so is because he believes that he is suffering from hereditary madness and he will not run the risk of contaminating future offspring with this disease. Can Monsieur Poirot convince Hugh that he is not a madman?The Horses of Diomedes. Poirot and his friend, Dr. Michael Stoddard, have reason to believe that dope – cocaine – is being passed around to young innocents. But who is in charge of this racket? And can Poirot catch the guilty without implicating the innocent?The Girdle of Hyppolita. A valuable Rubens has been stolen. It is not the kind of case that Poirot usually accepts, but in light of his Herculean quests, he decides to investigate. What he finds is a mess of scams and a missing English school girl.The Flock of Geryon. Miss Carnaby is worried. Certain friends of hers have been joining a religious group called ‘The Flock of the Shepherd’ run by a Dr. Andersen. Other elderly women have joined, willed their money to the flock, and then died perfectly natural deaths. But Miss Carnaby is not convinced that these deaths were coincidental. She believes it must be murder!The Apples of the Hesperides. Emery Power is willing to pay for what he wants. But paying doesn’t always get him what he wants. Such is the case with the Borgia gold chased goblet which he purchased, but which was subsequently stolen. Poirot must find where it is hidden!The Capture of Cereberus. It cannot be – but it is! The beautiful Countess Vera Rossakoff here – in London! True, she is an older Countess, but her age has not faded her beauty – not entirely. However, the joy of their reunion is somewhat diminished when Poirot begins to hear rumors of drug peddling taking place at the Countess’s new establishment…Discussion.Having not read the adventures of Hercules, I could not appreciate the corresponding features between Poirot’s cases and the exploits of Hercules. However, I could still appreciate them as detective stories. I cannot claim to have actually solved any of them, but I flatter myself that my thought processes were elevated. : )Conclusion. Classic Poirot material.

  • Brooklyn Tayla
    2019-04-17 09:29

    I really really loved this! Taking the form of 12 short stories, Agatha Christie's beloved Belgian endeavours to find 12 cases - special cases that strike resemblances to Poirot's own namesake, Hercules. These stories also mark appearances of not only the always faithful Georges (Poirot's valet), but Miss Lemon and Chief Inspector Japp, and Countess Vera Rosakoff appeared in a few of these stories. (I really don't like her- though I guess that's just the jealous fangirl in me talking).But anyway, back to the book. I enjoyed all of these cases - I think my favourite was the first one, "The Neaman Lion." But they were all great, and I personally think that this was one of the more personal Poirot set of stories.

  • Annerlee
    2019-04-07 15:29

    The book is a series of short episodes that echo the labours of Poirot's classical namesake, Hercules.Poirot is completely switched on, even when solving 'lesser' crimes to do with drug dealing, theft, blackmail in addition to murder and attempted murder. I prefer the more developed mysteries in Christie's other novels, but I still found each episode highly ingenious and Poirot as charming as ever.

  • Elsa K
    2019-04-05 15:24

    Sometimes I read Agatha Christie books as fillers between other books. They always come through to amuse. This book was different as it was 12 short stories instead of one narrative. This made it nice as light reading during the holidays. I haven't read an Agatha Christie I didn't like!

  • D.G.
    2019-03-24 08:41

    **3.5 stars**I really enjoyed this group of short stories by Dame Christie, maybe because having to fit the plots to the actual Labors of ancient Hercules made her stretch her considerable imagination. But there was still a lot of her usual humor and unexpected denouements.I started laughing when Poirot first read the "classics" and realized what kind of people these where:The whole classical pattern shocked him. These gods and goddesses seemed to be definitely criminal types. Drink, debauchery, incest, rape, loot, homicide, chicanery - enough to keep a juge d'Instruction constantly busy. Poirot decides to undertake 12 cases before he retire but they must relate somehow to the Labours of Hercules. From the beginning he understands that symbolism must be involved as lots of the labors include taming exotic or fantastical animals. And the symbolism was so clever! The Hydra in this story was rumor (because as soon as one head is cropped off, two grow in its place), the Augean Stables (which were literally full of shit) dealt with a political scandal, the Horses of Diomedes (who ate human flesh) were drug peddlers, etc.My favorite of the lot was definitely the bringing Cerberus out of Hell as it was both funny and so skillfully done. When the Countess yells at Poirot in a crowded train station to find her in Hell, Poirot wonders:"Even if her own way of life made Hell the most plausible destination for her after this life, surely her Russian courtesy would not suggest that Hercule Poirot was necessarily bound for the same place?Dame Christie did really awesome job here. This definitely is my favorite out of all her book of short stories.

  • Nurseto
    2019-04-15 10:19

    Butuh waktu yang lama untuk menyelesaikan buku ini,bukan karena jelek tapi karena mood baca saya akhir-akhir ini kurang bagus dan kesibukan kerja(nonton anime winter season haha)sebenarnya saya mau kasih bintang 4,tapi karena ada cerita yang saya skip katena ga paham(mengandung soal politik).tapi selain itu ceritanya cukup menarik-menarik.ini juga menjadi buku agatha christiku yang terakhir yang sementara saya koleksi,jadi hatjs mulai mencari lagi buku-buku tante agatha yang lain.

  • NoellaVan Looy
    2019-03-29 14:34

    Twaalf avonturen van Hercule Poirot, dewelke hij elk in verband brengt met een werk van Hercules.-De Nemeïsche leeuw-De Hydra van Lerna-De Arcadische Hinde-Het Erymanthische zwijn-De Augias-stal-De Stymphalische Vogels-De Cretensische Stier-De Paarden van Diomedes-De gordel van Hypolyte-De Kudde van Geryones-De Appelen der Hesperiden-De Roof van Cerberus.

  • Zoe
    2019-04-14 09:28

    I wasn't in the mood for a short story collection, nor did I expect this book to read like a short story collection, but oh well. Agatha is still the queen of mystery and of my little bookish heart, so I loved it. I was also a huge fan of Greek mythology as a kid, so those parallels made me happy.

  • Alex
    2019-03-30 09:31

    This was a re-read but I loved every single little story in this collection! The connections to the Labours of Hercules were so clever and the characters intriguing!!

  • Bev
    2019-04-16 08:37

    In the Labors of Hercules (1947), Hercule Poirot is visited by his friend Dr. Burton who winds up remarking upon Poirot's unusual given name and is aghast when he finds that the detective has never read the classical stories about Hercules. When the talk moves on to Poirot's intended retirement, a comparison comes up between him and the twelve labors of Hercules. Poirot is interested and has Miss Lemon get him books on the classic hero. At first he is appalled by this hero--"Take this Hercules--this hero, Hero indeed! What was he but a large muscular creature of low intelligence and criminal tendencies!...No, Poirot shook his head, if that was the Greeks' idea of a hero, then measured by modern standards it certainly would not do." He is dismayed by Hercules lack of order, lack of method. But then the order and method of fulfilling his own twelve labors begins to appeal to him and he sets off on his own heroic journey. {Synopsis of his twelve tasks below.}This was a fun collection of stories and built very nicely upon the twelve labors conceit. The only unfortunate part is that in order to fulfill his tasks, Poirot had to travel a bit more than usual, but all things considered it is impressive how many of the stories did manage to stay close to home for our detective. As a bonus for me, I got to read this in the pictured volume--one of my little pocket-size editions. ★★★★"The Nemean Lion": Miss Lemon points Poirot to his first Herculean task. Is a missing Pekingese dog really a labor worthy of a classical hero? Poirot is ready to say no...but there is something that intrigues him about the request."The Lyrnaean Hydra": Poirot must defeat the many-headed hydro of village gossip--before it destroys the reputation of Dr. Oldfield."The Arcadian Deer": Poirot is called upon to trace a beautiful young woman who disappeared like a deer in a forest."The Erymanthian Boar": Planning to take a short break after his last task, Poirot is asked by an old friend to help capture a Parisian gangster who is rumored to be headed to a remote Swiss hotel."The Augean Stables": Poirot uses a river of scandal to divert attention from a more serious scandal that threatens the British Prime Minister."The Stymphalean Birds": Poirot saves a trusting young man from the clutches of a couple of harpies."The Cretan Bull": A young man breaks off his engagement...claiming that he must because of the insanity that runs in his family. The young woman asks Poirot to prove that her beloved doesn't have anything to worry about. But Poirot finds out that isn't precisely true...."The Horses of Diomedes": Poirot is asked to investigate who is encouraging a young woman to become part of the cocaine party scene...the answer is quite surprising."The Girdle of Hyppolita": What do a missing painting and a missing schoolgirl have to do with one another? Papa Poirot know."The Flock of Geryon": Miss Carnaby (from the first story) comes to Poirot out of concern for her friend--who has gotten herself mixed up with a cult. Poirot depends on Miss Carnaby's courage to bring the con man...and possible murder to justice. But what if Miss Carnaby succumbs to the Master's message?"The Apples of Hesperides": A rich collector asks Poirot to discover what happened to his emerald apple-encrusted goblet...a goblet he won at auction but never actually possessed. It's been missing for ten years, can Poirot follow such a cold trail? Mais oui!"The Capture of Cerberus": Poirot meets an old acquaintance, the Countess Vera Rossakoff, quite by chance in the underground and manages to find her in "Hell." No...not there. At her nightclub with the devilish name--guarded by the dog Cerberus himself. It isn't long before Poirot discovers that there are quite devilish things going on--jewelry being stolen and drug-dealing. The Countess has been involved with jewels before, but has his charming old friend stooped to dope-dealing. Inspector Japp thinks so...but Poirot doesn't believe it.First posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting.

  • Troy Blackford
    2019-04-13 13:33

    This might be the most adroit 'themed' short story collection I have yet encountered. The 'skeleton' of this book is this - Hercule Poirot decides to undertake 12 cases that have some analog in the 12 'labors' of his classical namesake, Hercules. Suffice to say, all manner of witty and puzzling engagements follow. The genius Ms. Christie displays in making allegorical connections between the classical - and mostly physical - 'labors' of the famous historical strongman are paralleled via equally laborious and Herculean feats of intellectual strength by our Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. I won't come close to ruining any of the plots, suffice to say I wasn't let down by a one. Varied, vital, and voracious mysteries solved with genius, genuineness, and geniality!

  • Damaskcat
    2019-04-17 11:35

    This is a collection of twelve short stories featuring Hercule Poirot. Leading up to his retirement he decides to select twelve last cases which must bear a resemblance to the twelve labours of Hercules. These are really cleverly done and each story is similar to one of the labours of Hercules. I particularly liked The Nemean Lion which is about Pekingese dogs - and The Augeam Stables. All the short stories in this collection are cleverly plotted and show Christie at her ingenious best. There are plenty of touches of humour and an almost playfulness in some of the stories.If you haven't tried Poirot before then this might be a good place to start.

  • Ardy Damar
    2019-04-13 10:22

    "Apakah anda sudah menikah m. Poirot?""Ahh" kata porot "saya belum memperoleh kebahagiaan itu."Ego tinggi hercule poirot terusik ketika dirinya tidak dianggap mirip dengan salah satu mitologi yunani hercules. Setelah melakukan riset tentang sastra yunani klasik poirot memutuskan untuk melakukan 12 tugas hercules versi dirinya yg kekinian (pada masanya poirot).Dari singa nemea sampai penangkapan cerberus poirot menunjukkan kempuan sel-sel kelabunya dengan gemilang.Poirot memang pantas sombong.Smp kapanpun ttp aja penasaran ama perasaan poirot ke countess vera rossakoff..

  • Julie Davis
    2019-04-06 11:20

    Hercule Poirot, on the brink of retirement, decides to take twelve final cases which will correspond to the twelve labors of Hercules. The way Agatha Christie links the mysteries in these short stories to the classical labors of Hercules is both charming and clever. I thoroughly enjoyed this set of short stories. It doesn't quite reach the heights of The Mysterious Mr. Quin, but it isn't far off.

  • Nina
    2019-03-30 10:47

    I can't remember when I first read this short story collection, but every time I reread it, it grows on me more. Christie's conceit has Poirot using his famed intellect to solve a series of cases that allude to his mythological namesake's physical labors. My favorites are the Nemean Lion, The Augean Stables, and The Stymphalean Birds.