From the Protagonist's Bookshelf (Pt.22): Hercule Poirot

From the Protagonist's Bookshelf (Pt.22): Hercule Poirot

Blog post by Debbie
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Hercule Poirot is one of the most famous and most long-lived of Agatha Christie’s detectives. He boasts over thirty books in his name from 1920-1975. Mr. Poirot's adventures cover the golden age of cozy mysteries (taking place between the World Wars, often in the English countryside).

The diminutive Belgian’s most distinguishing features are a waxed moustache, an egg-shaped head, and a fastidious appearance. He began his career as a policeman before immigrating to England and becoming a private detective. He relies on logic and the powers of his mind’s ‘little grey cells’ to help him solve cases. Christie drew the character in the tradition of the eccentric detectives of Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allen Poe.

As proof of his continued popularity, Poirot has been portrayed many times in radio, tv and film; most famously by David Suchet in the long-running television series. A new star-studded adaptation of the classic Murder on the Orient Express is being released in the theaters this month starring Kenneth Branagh as Poirot as he takes on one of his most well-known cases. Here are a few titles you might find on his bookshelf.


This blog post is one in a series highlighting the diverse collection of materials through the imagined reading lists for fictional characters and authors. Search the #ftpb for more reading lists.