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Sunday, April 3, 2022

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Agatha Christie, the eternal energizer bunny of weaving the perfect plot of mystery, has another winner in a densely packed "The Labors of Hercules."  Unlike many of her works, this is twelve stories in one.  You might think it's like eating appetizers or tapas but you'd be incorrect: there is nothing light about any of these twelve winners and it is more akin to doing 12 different shots instead of drinking one bottle of wine.

She pays tribute to both Hercule Poirot's name of course in tandem with Greek Mythology.  The order of the stories is somewhat in a crescendo fashion as each one gets better than the previous and the 12th was our favorite.  Usually we prefer the long, drawn out story that is typical of Christie but this is a nice change of pace and the structure makes this work specifically attractive for commuters or people that are constantly interrupted in your reading in any nature as the stories are shorter and snappier.

Of course you'll find interesting terminology and tales with Rum People (Strange!) and Dr. Burton rightly tells Poirot early on: "It's not a man's working hours that are important-it's his leisure hours." (xi)  If you keep reading our reviews but haven't cracked open an Agatha book yet, it's high time and this one might be a good one to start with because of all the snippets are more digestible.  Plus, the path to hell is paved with good intentions!!!!!

Of course OUR HERCULE is not much for physical labor and instead uses his grey cells to perform his immense intellectual feats of common sense and reason, and we live in a world today where that needs to be appreciated more than ever.

The Labors of Hercules by Agatha Christie is Recommended by Whom You Know!

Previously on Whom You Know, we have raved about Agatha:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Murder on the Links

Poirot Investigates

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Big Four

The Mystery of the Blue Train

Peril at End House

Lord Edgware Dies

Murder on the Orient Express

Three Act Tragedy

and we took a break from only him and did him with others in Midwinter Murder

and returned to only him with Death in the Clouds

The ABC Murders

Murder in Mesopotamia

Cards on the Table

Murder in the Mews

Dumb Witness

Death on the Nile

Appointment with Death

Hercule Poirot's Christmas

Sad Cypress

One Two Buckle My Shoe

Evil Under the Sun

Five Little Pigs

The Hollow

About the Author
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only in the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She is the author of eighty crime novels and short-story collections, around thirty plays, two memoirs, and six novels written under the name Mary Westmacott

She first tried her hand at detective fiction while working in a hospital dispensary during World War I, creating the now-legendary Hercule Prior with her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. In 1930, Miss Jane Marple made her first full-length novel appearance in The Murder at the Vicarage, quickly becoming another beloved and enduring character to rival Poirot's popularity. Additional series characters include the husband-and wife crime-fighting team of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, private investigator Parker Pyne, and Scotland Yard detectives Superintendent Battle and Inspector Japp.

Many of Christie's novels and short stories were adapted into plays, films, and television series. The Mousetrap opened in 1952 and is the longest running play in history. Academy Award-nominated actor and director Kenneth Branagh helmed the acclaimed major motion picture Murder on the Orient Express in 2017 and its sequel, Death on the Nile, starring in both films as the Belgian detective. On the small screen Poirot has been most memorably portrayed by David Suchet, and Miss Marple by Joan Hickson and subsequently Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie.

Christie was first married to Archibald Christie and then to archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan, whom she accompanied on expeditions to countries that would also serve as the settings for many of her novels. In 1971 she achieved one of Britain's highest honors when she was made a Dame of the British Empire. She died in 1976 at the age of eighty-five. The one-hundred-year anniversary of Agatha Christie stories and the debut of Hercule Poirot was celebrated around the world in 2020. Whom You Know will never stop celebrating it!

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