Hercule Poirot Books

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Front-page obituaries in one of the world’s most notable publications are a preserve of not only who’s who, but also exclusively real-life people. The fact that the fictitious death of the fictitious character called Hercule Poirot once featured on the first page of the New York Times is a clear indication that Poirot was not another run-of-the-mill protagonist. Without mincing words, Poirot was in a league of his own and his fictitious legacy lives on.

Order of Hercule Poirot Series

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1The Mysterious Affair At Styles1920Description / Buy
2The Murder on the Links1923Description / Buy
3Poirot Investigates1924Description / Buy
4The Murder of Roger Ackroyd1926Description / Buy
5The Big Four1927Description / Buy
6The Mystery of the Blue Train1928Description / Buy
7Black Coffee (Short Story)1930Description / Buy
8Peril at End House1932Description / Buy
9Lord Edgware Dies / Thirteen at Dinner1933Description / Buy
10Murder on the Orient Express / Murder in the Calais Coach1934Description / Buy
11Three Act Tragedy / Murder in Three Acts1934Description / Buy
12Death in the Clouds / Death in the Air1935Description / Buy
13The A.B.C. Murders1936Description / Buy
14Murder in Mesopotamia1936Description / Buy
15Cards on the Table1936Description / Buy
16Dumb Witness / Poirot Loses A Client1937Description / Buy
17Death on the Nile1937Description / Buy
18Murder in the Mews / Dead Man's Mirror1937Description / Buy
19Appointment with Death1938Description / Buy
20Hercule Poirot's Christmas / Holiday for Murder / Murder for Christmas1938Description / Buy
21Sad Cypress1940Description / Buy
22One, Two, Buckle My Shoe / Overdose of Death1940Description / Buy
23Evil Under the Sun1941Description / Buy
24Five Little Pigs / Murder in Retrospect1942Description / Buy
25The Hollow / Murder after Hours1946Description / Buy
26The Labours of Hercules1947Description / Buy
27Taken at the Flood1948Description / Buy
28Mrs. McGinty's Dead / Blood Will Tell1952Description / Buy
29After the Funeral / Funerals are Fatal1953Description / Buy
30Hickory Dickory Dock1955Description / Buy
31Dead Man's Folly1956Description / Buy
32Cat Among the Pigeons1959Description / Buy
33The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding1960Description / Buy
34The Clocks1963Description / Buy
35Third Girl1966Description / Buy
36Hallowe'en Party1969Description / Buy
37Elephants Can Remember1972Description / Buy
38Curtain1975Description / Buy

Order of Hercule Poirot Short Stories/Novellas

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1The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan (Short Story)1923Description / Buy
2The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor (Short Story)1923Description / Buy
3The Affair at the Victory Ball (Short Story)1923Description / Buy
4The Adventure of the Western Star (Short Story)1923Description / Buy
5The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb (Short Story)1923Description / Buy
6Afternoon At The Seaside (Short Story)1962Description / Buy
7The Patient (Short Story)1962Description / Buy
8The Witness for the Prosecution (Short Story)1983Description / Buy
9Four and Twenty Blackbirds (Short Story)1989Description / Buy
10The Million Dollar Bond Robbery (Short Story)1998Description / Buy
11Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb (Short Story)2000Description / Buy
12The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim (Short Story)2012Description / Buy
13Market Basing Mystery, The (Short Story)2013Description / Buy
14The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge2013Description / Buy
15The Cornish Mystery (Short Story)2013Description / Buy
16Problem at Sea (Short Story)2013Description / Buy
17The Under Dog (Short Story)2016Description / Buy
18The Case of the Missing Will (Short Story)2019Description / Buy

Order of Hercule Poirot Collections

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1The Labors of Hercules1947Description / Buy
2The Witness for the Prosecution1948Description / Buy
3The Under Dog and Other Stories1951Description / Buy
4Poirot's Early Cases1974Description / Buy
5Hercule Poirot's Casebook1984Description / Buy
6The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories1997Description / Buy
7The Double Clue2016Description / Buy
8The Grey Cells of Mr. Poirot2019Description / Buy

Order of New Hercule Poirot Mysteries Series

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1The Monogram Murders ( By: Sophie Hannah)2014Description / Buy
2Closed Casket ( By: Sophie Hannah)2016Description / Buy
3The Mystery of Three Quarters ( By: Sophie Hannah)2018Description / Buy
4The Killings at Kingfisher Hill ( By: Sophie Hannah)2020Description / Buy
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Order of Hercule Poirot Collections

#ReadTitlePublishedDetails
1The Labors of Hercules1947Description / Buy
2The Witness for the Prosecution1948Description / Buy
3The Under Dog and Other Stories1951Description / Buy
4Poirot's Early Cases1974Description / Buy
5Hercule Poirot's Casebook1984Description / Buy
6The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories1997Description / Buy
7The Double Clue2016Description / Buy
8The Grey Cells of Mr. Poirot2019Description / Buy
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Hercule Poirot is the featured protagonist in the “Hercule Poirot” series of books penned by the late British woman of letters Dame Agatha Christie. Incidentally, there are hundreds of editions of the first book in the said series. However, out of the estimated 700 editions, the first edition of the first ever book portraying protagonist Hercule Poirot was originally published in October 1920, titled The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and the series is shelved under the mystery, thriller, true crime, and classic genres.

Meet protagonist Hercule Poirot as created by Christie in the serialized Hercule Poirot series. Poirot is alternatively known as Monsier Poirot. Poirot, who is a past master at sleuthing by virtue of his stint in the Belgium Police, is 5’4″ tall and has a military-style mustache whose ends are curled upwards, has motion sickness. His head is oval-shaped and he has a noticeable pink dorsum. Poirot, who is a fashionista in the formative years of the series, has a penchant for patent leather footwear, being faultlessly neat and when bespectacled, prefers Pince-nez glasses. On religion, he practices Roman Catholicism. He is a Belgian, having been born anywhere between 1839 and 1884, depending with various sources, and died in 1975 according to the obituary in the New York Times. His birthplace is Spa, Belgium and died in Essex, the UK.

The first book in the series, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, is set in Essex, England, during World War One. Hereby, the turning point is the widowed and rich Emily Cavedish (currently married to Alfred Inglethorp) and thus called Emily Inglethorp; apparently, she had died of poisoning. Former policeman and, presently, a private detective Hercule Poirot is hired to unravel the incident. A lot of money is at stake here subsequent to the death of the woman. Persons of interest include her stepchildren and most notably her newest husband; Alfred Inglethorp is seemingly a fortune hunter and is initially fingered for the murder because he not only lacks an alibi and will benefit immensely from the death but was also seen buying a toxic alkaloid which partly caused the death.

Agatha Christie’s eminent writing style is evident as she wittily portrays Poirot’s sleuthing and procedural defenses, and the series won the author the Anthony Award in 2000.

Hercules Poirot Awards

Incidentally, author Agatha Christie has won many coveted awards either during her lifetime or posthumously. What’s more, those who starred in the film adaptations of her books have also won prestigious awards. In the context of the Hercules Poirot series and, specifically, on the basis of the series standing Agatha Christie in good stead, she clinched the Anthony Award in year 2000.

Hercule Poirot series into TV/ Movies

Various books in the Hercule Poirot series have been adapted for the silver screen. The following is a list of movies and TV series, alongside the actors who starred in them, based on the stated series.

The 1985 TV film called Thirteen at Dinner is based on Lord Edgware Dies, the ninth book in the series, and starred Peter Ustinov. The 1986 detective TV film Murder in Three Acts is based on Three Act Tragedy, the eleventh book in the series, and also starred Peter Ustinov. The 1965 film The Alphabet Murders is based on The A.B.C Murders, the thirteenth book, and starred Tony Randall. The 1975 film Murder on the Orient Express is based on a similarly entitled novel, the tenth in the series, and starred Albert Finney.

The 1982 film Evil Under the Sun is based on the 23th book in the series and starred Peter Ustinov. The 1978 film Death on the Nile is based on the 17th novel in the series and starred Peter Ustinov. The 1986 film Dead Man’s Folly is based on the 31st book in the series and still starred Peter Ustinov. The 1931 film Black Coffee is based on the seventh book in the literary series and starred Austin Trevor. The 2001 film version of Murder on the Orient Express starred Alfred Molina.

The 1998 film Appointment with Death is based on the 19th book in the series and starred Peter Ustinov. There are other TV series: The Double Clue (1991) starring David Suchet; the 1991 film The Mystery of the Spanish Chest which starred David Suchet; and the 2001 version of the Evil Under the Sun wherein David Suchet starred. The 1931 film Alibi, indirectly based on The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, 14th in the series, starred Austin Trevor; and 1978 film Revenge of the Pink Panther starred Peter Sellers.

Best Hercule Poirot Books

The Mysterious Affair at Styles: According to popular opinion, the best two books are the first and the fourth in the series. The first, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, has been examined previously.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: The fourth, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, published in 1926, is all about murder and blackmail; it features the suicide of a widow and murder suspect in the wake of an illicit romantic affair between her and magnate Roger Ackroyd.

Other Book Series You May Like

Readers liked the following whodunit series: author Ngaio Marsh’s “Roderick Alleyn” series which features English police sleuth Roderick Alleyn and is set in the 1930-1970 time-frame; “Albert Campion Mystery” series by Margery Allingham features nobleman and detective Albert Campion in London; and Josephine Trey’s Inspector Allan Grant series features protagonist Allan Grant who is an inspector in the New Scotland Yard.

What Is The Next Book in The Hercule Poirot Series?

There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Hercule Poirot Series. The newest book is Curtain and was released on September, 1st 1975.

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