In this set of short stories, 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.
‘Twelve little masterpieces of detection. Poirot and Agatha Christie at their inimitable best’ Sunday Express
‘I have often thought that Mrs Christie was not so much the best as the only living writer of the true of classic detective story’ Margery Allingham
‘A finely shaped book, richly devious and quite brilliant – by far the best volume of Poirot shorts’ San Francisco Chronicle
Agatha Christie is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English with another billion in over 70 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 20 plays, and six novels written under the name of Mary Westmacott.