The Labours of Hercules

The Labours of Hercules

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Poirot sets himself a challenge before he retires - to solve 12 cases which correspond with the labours of his classical Greek namesake ... 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 in the annals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.
Publisher: London :, HarperCollinsPublishers,, 2008.
Copyright Date: ♭1947
ISBN: 9780007280513
Characteristics: 256 pages ;,19 cm.

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HenrySue
Feb 22, 2021

This is a collection of Hercule Poirot short stories. This book was first published in 1947. According to Wikipedia, the 12 short stories were previously published in periodicals between 1939 and 1947. While the labor of Hercules was a theme for the 12 stories, the stories themselves could easily be presented without this theme. The theme itself had no bearing on any of the short stories.

Inspector Japp and MIss Lemon appeared in some of the stories. Countess Vera Rossakoff, who Poirot fell in love with in The Double Clue (a short story), is featured in the last short story in this collection.

The stories themselves were pretty decent. The three that I found to be somewhat disappointing were The Girdle of Hyppolita, The Flock of Geryon and The Apples of the Hesperides. I suggest that these three can be skipped if you are pressed for time.

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Chintika
Jul 13, 2015

The short stories are not that mysterious ,but it's interesting how M.Poirot solves them. If someone has the interest of mysteries it would be a nice choice because it has many twists especially in the 4 chapter.Agatha christie is one of my favourite author.

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Eosos
Jul 03, 2014

I like the idea of the 12 mysteries that Poirot must solve and how they match up with the labours of Hercules. It is a fun concept.
The short stories are not on par with the full length books, missing depth and enough time to make the twists work.

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