I’m not sure why I decided to read Agatha Christie’s Poirot books and stories again. I’m 95% confident that I’ve read them all before. However, I read them haphazardly, and I like to be methodical (see why I like Poirot?). So, I’m reading them again, in basically this order.
My fabulous copy of Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories includes exactly that, every story, in original publication order. Fully half of the stories were written in the early 1920s, and it is those that I’ve been reading.
Poirot is just as ridiculously lovable and clever as I remembered. The best part about re-reading these stories is that Pumpkin Pie, my son, is interested too! At his request, we’ve instituted Poirot night. On the 2nd Friday of each month the two of us watch the incomparable David Suchet bring a Poirot story to life. So, thank you, Agatha!
“A statesman in these days has a difficult task. He has to pursue the policy he deems advantageous to his country, but he has at the same time to recognize the force of popular feeling. Popular feeling is very often sentimental, muddleheaded, and eminently unsound, but it cannot be disregarded for all that.”
– The Incredible Theft
8 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Poirot SS”
I’m obsessed with Poirot as much as I’m obsessed with Jane Austen. My plan in the next couple of years is to finish all Poirots, although I have trouble remembering which ones I’ve read and haven’t read . . .
Yep, there are so many, it’s hard to keep track! Great resource:
Oh No. Now I want to read Poirot. I’ll have to teach myself to read in my sleep. And it is no mystery as to why my book pile grows and grows.
I like having the short stories on hand so I can read one or two in between other books, or even just as a break from another book.
I’ve also started listening to audiobooks while doing housework. I think I’m going to try a Poirot novel on audiobook soon.
I create quarterly (seasonal) TBR lists, so that I can actually feel like I’m making progress, even though my general TBR just keeps growing. 🙂
I always read Agatha out of order too…mostly because I get them at the library and it is hard to keep them straight. And I am totally jealous of Poirot night with you and Pumpkin Pie…that sounds awesome!
Mostly, Poirot can be read in any order (the show certainly isn’t filmed in order). I guess I just wanted to be sure I’ve read them ALL!
We just had one! We were supposed to do it last Friday, but we were at the beach, so we did it tonight. He says he wants to be a detective. 😀
That’s awesome! Has he read Encyclopedia Brown? Or Harriet the Spy?
He’s listened to Harriet the Spy on CD. The new Lemony Snicket series reminds me of Encyclopedia Brown, and he loves that.