Book Review: Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie (1924)

Synopsis: A series of short story mysteries featuring fictional detective Hercule Poirot. Mysteries include The Adventure of the Cheap Flat, The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb and The Chocolate Box.


Review: I found this book at a "little free library" a couple months ago and decided to hold onto it for a rainy day. I finally had an opportunity to read it and, overall, was happy with my decision to bring it home.

When I first picked out this book, I wasn't really sure what to expect from it. My biggest concern was it would end up being a book of cast-off mysteries that just weren't that good. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

As is usually the case with books like this, some mysteries were more entertaining than others. But, there were just enough good stories to keep me interested in reading further. In particular, I found I especially liked The Adventure of the Cheap Flat (which had me baffled as to why Poirot even felt the mystery was worth his time) and reading about his "greatest failure" in The Chocolate Box.

In fact, I think I enjoyed these mini mysteries more than some of Christie's novels. The short story format allowed her to focus on the case rather than ramble on (something that always results in me getting bored with a mystery). At minimum, I liked being able to read one mystery, take a break to let it sink in, then start with another, something that is much more enjoyable than trying to remember what I read before following a short break.

Final Opinion: This proved to be a book that was worth my time reading. I'd highly recommend it as a result and have every intention of returning it to the "little free library" so someone else can have an opportunity to read it.

My Grade: A

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