The Labours of Hercules, Paperback

The Labours of Hercules Paperback

Part of the Poirot series

4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Poirot sets himself a challenge before he retires - to solve 12 cases which correspond with the labours of his classical Greek namesake...In appearance Hercule Poirot hardly resembled an ancient Greek hero.

Yet - reasoned the detective - like Hercules he had been responsible for ridding society of some of its most unpleasant monsters.

So, in the period leading up to his retirement, Poirot made up his mind to accept just twelve more cases: his self-imposed 'Labours'.

Each would go down in the annals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic crime
  • ISBN: 9780007120758



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I love this collection of short stories. The image of Hercule Poirot as a modern day Hercules is wonderful. The collection includes one of my favourite settings, the nightclub "Hell" in the story a "Sop for Cerebus", fabulous.

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This is my favorite so far. I really liked the premise of Poirot's friend pointing out that he should undertake the Labors of Hercules after his namesake before retiring. The following twelve short stories were all interesting, if a bit contrived as far as chance meetings and such, but when undertaking an homage to the gods, who knows what might happen?

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Written and set in times which were a little slower and arguably more civilised, this book traces through a series of 12 short stories some special cases taken on by the delightful M Hercule Poirot. All are very clever and most lead to an unexpected (if somewhat contrived) denouement. Poirot himself is vain, well-tailored and proud, but at the same time extremely charming and likeable.

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