- this edition published by Harper Collin's Publishers 2011
- ISBN 978-1-4448-0278-8
- 406 pages
- source: my local library
Hercule Poirot delighted in telling people that he was probably the best detective in the world. So turning back the clock to trace eighteen of the cases which helped establish his professional reputation was always going to be a fascinating experience. With his career still in its formative years, the panache with which Hercule Poirot could solve even the most puzzling mystery is obvious. Chronicled by his friend Captain Hastings, these eighteen early cases - from theft and robbery to kidnapping and murder - were all guaranteed to test Poirot’s soon-to-be-famous ‘little grey cells’ to their absolute limit.
This title brings together 18 cases, and consisted of short stories I had mainly read in other collections. However I do not appear to have read Problem at Sea under that title.
It was originally called Poirot and the Crime in the Cabin and was not published till 1936.
The other 17 stories very largely first appeared in magazines in 1923, 1924, 1925, and 1928, 1929, and 1932. Here is a set of links in Wikipedia.
You can also find them on my list of 155 short stories
- 1 Plot summaries
- 1.1 The Affair at the Victory Ball
- 1.2 The Adventure of the Clapham Cook
- 1.3 The Cornish Mystery
- 1.4 The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly
- 1.5 The Double Clue
- 1.6 The King of Clubs
- 1.7 The Lemesurier Inheritance
- 1.8 The Lost Mine
- 1.9 The Plymouth Express
- 1.10 The Chocolate Box
- 1.11 The Submarine Plans
- 1.12 The Third Floor Flat
- 1.13 Double Sin
- 1.14 The Market Basing Mystery
- 1.15 Wasps' Nest
- 1.16 The Veiled Lady
- 1.17 Problem at Sea
- 1.18 How Does Your Garden Grow?
My rating: 4.4
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