Hercule Poirot

102 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 34,875 ratings

Poirot's Early Cases Publisher's Summary

Still in the formative years of his career, Hercule Poirot faces a most taxing case: who killed Lord Cronshaw? Was Coco Courtenay's death on the same night a mere coincidence? And did she deliberately take an overdose of cocaine?

No sooner has Poirot revealed his astonishing powers of deduction than he is faced with 17 other mysteries to test his soon-to-be-famous "little grey cells".

As a matter of courtesy to a group of young people, he endeavours to solve the gruesome murder of a woman whose body they have stumbled upon while locked out of their flat, and with his usual precision and elan, he discovers exactly how "Mary, Mary quite contrary" makes her garden grow.

©1974 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)1998 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK
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    • Poirot's Early Cases

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser, David Suchet
    • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    Still in the formative years of his career, Hercule Poirot faces a most taxing case: who killed Lord Cronshaw? Was Coco Courtenay's death on the same night a mere coincidence? And did she deliberately take an overdose of cocaine?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great small doses of listening

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-31-12

    Regular price: $15.48

    • The Early Cases of Hercule Poirot

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Charles Armstrong
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This collection of 25 Hercule Poirot adventures is compiled from short stories written by Agatha Christie for The Sketch magazine in 1923 from March to December. In these stories, including "The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim", "The Veiled Lady", and "The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb", the eccentric private detective slowly and surely solves mysteries involving jealousy, revenge, and greed. These stories were well-received at the time and cemented Christie's reputation as the worthy successor to Arthur Conan Doyle. 

    Regular price: $23.09

    • The Kidnapped Prime Minister

    • A Hercule Poirot Short Story
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    Just as World War I is drawing to an end, the prime minister is kidnapped. It is down to Hercule Poirot to locate him before a crucial conference, to avert an international crisis.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • This is NOT narrated by Hugh Fraser!

    • By Kindle Fan on 05-01-17

    Regular price: $4.55

    • The Capture of Cerberus & The Incident of the Dog's Ball

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David Suchet
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    In 2004, a remarkable archive was unearthed at Agatha Christie’s family home, Greenway - 73 of her private notebooks, filled with pencilled jottings and ideas.

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  • Book 1

    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    Emily Inglethorp has been poisoned. And it seems everyone at Styles Court, from the hired help to family members, had a motive - and the means. But with Detective Hercule Poirot out of retirement and on the case, no one's getting away with murder. The Mysterious Affair at Styles was not only Agatha Christie's debut; it also introduced her illustrious detective character to the world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • great mystery - bad accent

    • By Norman L. Ackley, Jr. on 04-18-18

    Regular price: $6.99

    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David Thorn
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 589
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 501
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 494

    Ms. Christie introduces us for the first time to Hercule Poirot as he solves the mysterious demise of Mrs. Alfred Inglethorpe at her country estate, Styles Court. Many suspects come under his scrutiny but it is his genius to unravel all the intricacies and end up solving the crime in a very surprising ending.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Poirot accent tough to handle.

    • By Kim on 03-18-15

    Regular price: $6.99

    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 968
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 902
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 897

    Captain Arthur Hastings, invalided in the Great War, is recuperating as a guest of John Cavendish at Styles Court, the "country-place" of John's autocratic old aunt, Emily Inglethorpe - she of a sizeable fortune, and so recently remarried to a man 20 years her junior. When Emily's sudden heart attack is found to be attributable to strychnine, Hastings recruits an old friend, now retired, to aid in the local investigation. With impeccable timing, Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, makes his dramatic entrance into the pages of crime literature.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • wonderfully read, engaging mystery

    • By Calliope on 04-28-15

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    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Here is the famous first case that launched the legendary career of Hercule Poirot. Agatha Christie's brilliant and eccentric detective steps out of retirement and into the shadows of a classic mystery. The victim is a wealthy heiress. The suspects are her fortune-hunting husband, her jealous relatives, her hired companion, and others. The solution is a deadly scheme that can only be revealed by the master detective himself, Hercule Poirot.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, narration not 10/10

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-03-14

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Sidelined by his war injuries in 1916, Captain Hastings travels to his friend’s estate at Styles Court to recover from his wounds. As the summer heats up, a tragic murder occurs, and Hastings calls upon the services of his old acquaintance Hercule Poirot. With seemingly unrelated clues - a scrap of a burned will, a false beard, and an empty packet of bromide - the brilliant detective launches his first investigation on English soil and forges an enduring friendship.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Didn't like the narrator much

    • By Rakhesh Sasidharan on 12-01-16

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    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Judi Pennington
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92

    In this first novel by Agatha Christie, she introduces the inimitable Hercule Poirot, who would go on to appear in 33 Christie novels and 54 short stories. Outside of Sherlock Holmes and perhaps Philip Marlowe, he is the best-known detective in the history of the genre. The Mysterious Affair at Styles deals with the case of an old woman poisoned with strychnine for her money. Nothing is obvious, however, in the way Christie handles a plot.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • enjoyable book - terrible narrator

    • By Bianca on 12-10-12

    Regular price: $6.96

    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Set in Essex in the English countryside, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is one of the great classic murder mysteries. The victim, Mrs. Emily Inglethorp, is the wealthy mistress of Styles Court. After an evening of entertaining family and guests, she is found poisoned in her locked bedroom. The long list of suspects includes her gold-digging new husband, her stepsons, her best female friend, and a visiting doctor.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator unsuited for the story

    • By Jennifer on 07-11-11

    Regular price: $19.59

    • 'Murder at the Vicarage' & 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Joan Hickson, Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 667
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 618
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 616

    Enjoy the first novels that brought the world two of Agatha Christies’ most enduring detectives: Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. The Murder at the Vicarage is the first Miss Marple mystery, one which tests all her powers of observation and deduction. In The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Captain Arthur Hastings, invalided in the Great War, is recuperating as a guest of John Cavendish at Styles Court, the "country-place" of John's autocratic old aunt, Emily Inglethorpe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The beginnings of Marple and Poirot!

    • By E. Jensen on 07-14-14

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    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Agatha Christie wrote The Mysterious Affair at Styles during the midst of World War I. The book was published in 1920 and became extremely popular because of the well-grounded plot and interesting characters. The novel is set at Styles Court, a wealthy estate in England during the war. The estate's owner, Mrs. Cavendish, had inherited the estate as well as vast sums of money from her late husband.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible Narration

    • By Drwo on 09-07-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles [Classic Tales Edition]

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    Tragedy strikes at the estate at Styles. An old woman dies from what appears to be strychnine poisoning. The funny little Belgian, Hercule Poirot, is called in to investigate, though he appears to disregard every bit of damaging evidence. Has the great detective lost his touch?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Agatha is always a good read

    • By MamaBear on 05-12-17

    Regular price: $9.09

    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David McCallion
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    One morning the residents of an English estate, Styles, are horrified to find the lady of the manor in the throes of fatal strychnine poisoning. They seek the help of Poirot, a refugee who is staying in a nearby village after fleeing Belgium during World War I. On the day of her death, Mrs. Inglethorp was overheard arguing with an unknown man and became so upset that she altered her will, but no one can find a copy of it and a murderer is on the loose.

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    • Mysterious Affair at Styles, with a Bonus Interview!

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: James Warwick
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Following the critically acclaimed success of Agatha Christie's The Secret Adversary read by award-winning narrator Alison Larkin comes the very first Hercule Poirot mystery - The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Totally authentic, delightful narration

    • By Alex on 04-20-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 'The Secret Adversary' and 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Alison Larkin, James Warwick
    • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    In this delightful double-bill of Agatha Christie's first two novels, award winning narrator/comedienne Alison Larkin and TV star James Warwick bring The Secret Adversary and The Mysterious Affair at Styles to sparkling new life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Christie Classic ruined by Warwick

    • By Diana on 12-15-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • Murder on the Links

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A surprisingly complex plot

    • By Vlad-Stefan on 10-12-16

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    • Murder on the links

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Adventures past and present

    • By lerone on 07-20-16

    Regular price: $9.05

    • Murder on the Links

    • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 782
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 711
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 715

    An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story

    • By Sylvia L. on 01-26-17

    Regular price: $21.67

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