Welcome to the Hercule Poirot Casebook and Guide

Hercule Poirot

The character of Hercule Poirot has been immortalised by Agatha Christie since the first book was released in 1920, “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” right the way thorugh to Christie’s last Poirot book “Curtain” in 1975, a year before her death. Years later the character would be further loved through a variety of

Movies, TV and DVD series that embraced Christies’ original storylines to the full to bring us a rich variety of 1930s glamour and style onto our screens. The first of the TV series being “The Adventure of the Clapham Clock“, first released by ITV in 1989.

Hercule Poirot is a Belgian national who throughout the stories always appeared to exaggerate his “foreign” traits in order to demonstrate to any would be murderer that whilst in fact vhe was famous his behavior and mannerisms would not suggest that he was quick, intelligent or inquisitive at all. It is this modest approach to his life that has proved to be many the undoing of any murderer that he is investigating.

Hercule Poirot - Mystery of Blue TrainThe books by Agatha Christie are by now well known classics and of course it is the books that allowed Christie to set out in incredible detail the lifestyle, feel and glamour of the 1920s and 1930s, an era when the rich were unforgivingly extravagent against a backdrop of depression and inequality elsewhere. Thank fully for us fans, Poirot encircled high society and provides us all with a glimpse of how sophisticated life was in 1920s and 1930′s England.

Hercule Poirot Guide

Hercule Poirot - Murder of Roger AckroydHercule Poirot was a member of the Belgian Police force in the late 19th Century and further reference to his early life is made in detail in The Big Four in which it stated that Poirot originated from Spa in Belgium and was by 1893 an established Brussels Police detective.As you might expect, Poirot’s career in the Belgian Police was a successful one, with referncfes to previous cases being documented inĀ  “The Nemean Lion” (1939), The Chocolate Box (1923), and “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” (1920) – the point at which a recently retired Poirot meets his future acquaintance, Captain Hastings.

Hercule Poirot Private Detective

It was as World War I was in full swing that Poirot left Belgium to flee to Britain as a refugee. It was here, on 16 July 1916, that he met his lifelong friend, Captain Arthur Hastings during their involement on the case that woukld be known as The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

The post-war period was a boom period for Poirot. He moved to London and with success on cases such as “The Affair at the Victory Ball” he quickly built up a renowned reputation as a discrete, professionally minded and effective private detective in high society England.

Hercule Poirot - ABC Murders

Hercule Poirot - ABC Murders

Between the two world wars, Poirot was fortunate to be able to travel the world investigating crimes and murders, often alongside Captain Hastings. This would prove to be a Golden period for Poirot as Christie immersed him into some of the most glamourous settings and locations of the 1930s, from London through to the Middle East. “The Murder On the Links” witnessed Poirot on holiday in Deauville as his detective skills are put the test by a French murderer. In the Middle East Poirot was involved in glamourous cases like “Death on the Nile and “Murder in Mesopotamia“. One of the most famous cases was “Murder on the Orient Express”, a story of wickedness and oppulance all in one which led to one of the most surprising of all “whodunnit” conclusions ever.

This casebook and information guide will hope to capture the intrigue and excitement that all fans associated with Poirot have enjoyed over many years. This guide will seek to:

  • Provide a summary of each Poirot story
  • Examine the characters in the books
  • Review the film and TV series that have now immortalised Poirot

We promise not to let onto who was the murderer in every instance – enjoy!

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