Mystery Books

  • Dreamcatcher

    Once upon a time, in the haunted city of Derry, four boys stood together and did a brave thing. It was something that changed them

  • Jihad (Stephen Coonts' Deep Black, Book 5)

    The word's most effective anti-terrorist force has the tools to monitor every move the enemy makes. They've planted a listening

  • My Laugh Comes Last

    Farrell Brannigan, President of the National Californian Bank, is an extremely successful man. So when he builds another bank in a

  • Capital Crimes

    Internationally bestselling husband and wife Jonathan and Faye Kellerman team up for a powerful one-two punch with Capital Crim

  • Burn Marks (V.I. Warshawski Novels)

    Someone knocking on the door at 3 A.M. is never  good news. For V.I. Warshawski, the bad news  arrives in the form of her wack

  • Tell Me Your Dreams

    Computer whiz Ashley Patterson is convinced she is being stalked. Coworker Toni Prescott has a penchant for Internet dating and li

  • Bad Business (Spenser)

    One of the great series in the history of the American detective story gets even better when Spenser is hired by a jilted bride to

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Mystery Movies

  • Interstellar (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack)

    With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling bey

  • Devil

    Trapped in an elevator high above Philadelphia, five people discover that the Devil is among them – and no one can escape their

  • The Killing Room

    In this highly charged, psychological thrill ride, four strangers are recruited as volunteers in a scientific research study. But

  • Prometheus

    Ridley Scott, director of "Alien" and "Blade Runner," returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundb

  • Lost Highway

    Haunting sexuality, ricochet action and fleeting, murderous shadows await you on a journey that begins and ends on the Lost Highwa

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Mystery Authors

Agatha Christie detectives: Hercule Poirot




""The best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes." Agatha Christie "

The Belgian detective Hercule Poirot first appeared in 1920 in Agatha Christie's first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Agatha later wrote numerous books about him and the last one was published in 1975 - Curtain: Poirot's Last Case. Poirot has many characteristics which have made him a legend all over theworld - the odd moustache, the egg-shaped face and

his high opinion of himself.

He will though most likely be best remembered for his ability to solve complicated mysteries with the help of his little grey cells. In that area he was a worthy successor of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Poirot is probably Agatha Christie's best-known character - and he has of course often appeared in films, portrayed by various actors. Albert Finney played him in The Murder on the Orient Express and Peter Ustinov has also played Poirot in many movies, such as Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun. Many fans of Poirot do though agree that David Suchet (from the Poirot TV series) is most likely the actor who has succeeded best in portraying the famous detective.
Hercule Poirot has even become so famous as an independent character that Anne Hart, a librarian in Newfoundland has written his biogaphy, The Life and Times of Hercule Poirot. Anne Hart has also written Jane Marple's biography.

But Poirot was not always alone - in Christie's early Poirot stories Captain Arthur Hastings tried to help him - but always seemed to miss the clues that were of importance. In Poirot's later adventures Hastings was not such a frequent guest but Poirot also had other friends such as Ariadne Oliver (the mystery writer) and Detective Inspector (Chief Inspector) Japp.
Austin Trevor was the first one to play Hercule Poirot in three movies in the early thirtees (Alibi, Black Coffee, Lord Edgware Dies). Tony Randall played Poirot in one picture in 1965, The Alphabet Murders.

In 1974 another unusual Poirot appeared - Albert Finney - in the Academy Award winning movie The Murder on the Orient Express, where the suspects where played by world famous actors Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery , John Gielgud and Lauren Bacall. In 1978 Peter Ustinov played Poirot in Death on the Nile, and has since then appeard in the role of Hercule Poirot in several movies, such as Evil Under the Sun, Appointment with Death and a few TV-movies. The latest chapter in the history of the little man with the moustache started in 1989 when David Suchet's brilliant performance convinced fans that he was the one and only Poirot.