Hercule Poirot. The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie
It is the final day of my 30 Days of Short Story Collection showcase and coming at the rear is a collection from one of the authors that I respect and admire and to top it at that, featuring one of my favorite fictional characters of all time.
When Agatha Christie created the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, the literary world received an endless gift. When it comes to her stories – short and long fiction – Ms. Christie engages the reader in one of the most amazing and creative ways. One thing is always understood – someone will commit a crime, it is usually a murder and in reading her work, we find ourselves trying to find out who was killed and why, and whoddunit, and navigating this experience with the sleuth-extraordinaire is always an intensely enjoyable experience. Here is an extract from ‘The Market Basing Mystery‘:
Miss Clegg appeared at this juncture. She was a thin, gaunt woman with neat gray hair parted in the middle, very staid and calm in manner. Nevertheless there was an air of efficiency about her which commanded respect. In answer to Japp’s questions, she explained that she had been with the dead man for fourteen years. He had been a generous and considerate master. She had never seen Me. and Mrs. Parker until three days ago, when they arrived unexpectedly to stay.