Questions tagged [hercule-poirot]

For questions about Hercule Poirot, a fictional Belgian detective created by Agatha Christie. Use in conjunction with [agatha-christie].

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
11 votes
1 answer
2k views

Customs at Calais in “The Mystery of the Blue Train”

In chapter 9 of Agatha Christie’s The Mystery of the Blue Train, which takes place in the late 1920s, one of the characters goes to a travel agency in London and asks for the best way to get to Nice. ...
10 votes
1 answer
591 views

What is the source of this poem/song Captain Hastings quotes in Agatha Christie's "The Market Basing Mystery"?

Agatha Christie's short story "The Market Basing Mystery," narrated by Hercule Poirot's companion Captain Arthur Hastings, includes the following: "This is the life," said Japp. &...
20 votes
2 answers
2k views

To what extent did Agatha Christie base Captain Hastings on Dr. Watson?

I've noticed that there are quite a few parallels between Agatha Christie's Captain Arthur Hastings and Arthur Conan Doyle's Dr. John Watson: Both served in the British military (Hasting in World War ...
8 votes
2 answers
2k views

Definition of "Victorian vandal"

I'm reading Agatha Christie's book "Dumb witness", in which there is a passage after Poirot and Hastings have their lunch and head to the church. Though an attractive specimen of what the ...
11 votes
1 answer
1k views

Did Poirot fabricate a fingerprint in "The ABC Murders"?

"I just can't believe it," said Meagan Barnard. "Could it be true?" "It does explain why our murderer had two personalities," I said. "It's great that you got Clarke'...
1 vote
1 answer
100 views

What is the meaning of "The first rocket flamed to Heaven"?

From Agatha Christie's 'Peril at End House', Chapter 7 (emphasis mine): Presently we all moved out into the garden to a place overlooking the sea and the harbour. A few chairs had been placed there ...
15 votes
3 answers
5k views

How old was Hercule Poirot?

The New York Times record Hercule Poirot's age as "unknown" in their obituary: Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective who became internationally famous, has died in England. His age was ...
4 votes
1 answer
1k views

Is Hercule Poirot religious?

I recently saw an episode of the Hercule Poirot series where he was portrayed as religious. I have recently read the book the episode was based on and there is nothing about religion in the book. In ...
3 votes
1 answer
489 views

Which Agatha Christie book was this adaption with an Irish woman committing suicide based on?

When I was a young boy I viewed one filmed book from Agatha Christie on television with David Suchet. Now I would love to read that book but I forgot its name. I remember only few facts. I remember ...
8 votes
1 answer
10k views

Is there any merit to reading the Poirot novels in order?

Curtain is Poirot's last case and for fear of spoilers I have not looked up whether it is his last case because he dies. I intend to read it only after I have read all the other novels featuring him. ...
6 votes
1 answer
567 views

In which book did Poirot find a four-foot long clue?

In one of the Poirot books he mentions that though clues are often small he once found a four-foot long one. Unfortunately I can't remember in which book he mentions this. Does anyone know which ...