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Worst Poirot Novel

What did everyone think the worst Poirot novel was? I haven't read too many so I can't really choose yet but I've heard that The Big Four, The Clocks and Third Girl aren't great. Thoughts?


  • AgathasmykidAgathasmykid British Columbia, Canada ✭✭✭
    For me it is "Lord Edgeware Dies." I found it to be slow and boring.  It really lacked suspsense.
  • My personal least favourite Poirot is Dead Man's Folly. I just didn't like any of the characters (except Poirot and Mrs Oliver). I liked the idea of a fake murder turning out to be real but that was all. 

    The other least favourite is The Big Four. The main problem for me, is that it's very unlike  a Poirot. It goes at a faster pace. Instead of sitting in his chair, Poirot is running after criminals and avoiding explosions. The book might be bearable if it had different characters. Maybe if she'd used the ones in Chimneys, it may have been better. But saying that, it was never going to be a great book.
    "Do not allow evil into your heart. It will make a home there." Poirot -Death On The Nile
  • Sad_CypressSad_Cypress Kauno Apskritis, Lithuania Investigator
    My least favorite is The Big Four. For exactly the same reasons that MissQuinn wrote in her post. It's very unlikely for Poirot to be so...active. I always thought that Sherlock Holmes was the activist and Poirot the thinker. It really isn't suitable for him to run around trying to avoid explosions.
    And what is more, I think that there is too much happening in this book. Too much of everything except the mystery it self.
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭

    The Identity of No 4 is revealed too quickly, and is that the book with Achilles? that is an iodea Agatha Christie had that turned out to not as good as the expectation, I think it has some good chapters and would have been better of as a book of short stories, Agatha Christie could do an Episodic Novel but with this was not good, but not the worst book with Poirot, That in my view was Murder In Mesopotamia Most of the Characters were week, and The subject matter was not to my taste, It might have been ore sitable for Poirot but It stops me thinking The Big Four is the worst Poirot Book.

  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    I thought Lord Edgware Dies and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd are better the 2nd time of reading them
  • MissQuinMissQuin ✭✭✭
    edited November 2013
    I didn't like Cat Among The Pigeons the first time I read it. But I warmed towards it the second time. 

    But I found even the very worst Poirot story is readable and has some good points. In The Big Four  spoilers!!! I did like the idea of Poirot using a cigarette to escape death, it's so ironic!  But the adaption has Poirot half running half shuffling in his tight shoes, out of the exploding building, it's quite funny. If it was intentional or not, I don't know... 
    "Do not allow evil into your heart. It will make a home there." Poirot -Death On The Nile
  • LeopoldoLeopoldo Fan
    edited November 2013
    I think it is Third Girl. The ending (the solution of the crime) is unconvincing. Although I like all Poirot's books, I think this one is the weak one. I think The Big Four is very "unPoirot", but I enjoyed reading.
  • For me its 'THREE ACT TRAGEDY".
    It has got a slow pace and the plot is like some rotten detective novel.
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    I have decided not to read it again too
  • Critically, the worst would have to be "Elephants Can Remember" - rambling, overlong and very easy to figure out. This one would have come out much slicker has Christie's editors taken the book in hand.


    Probably my least favourite would be "Murder In Mesopotamia" - quite a clever method but wholly implausible situation - could the victim really be deceived in such a way? And "The Hollow" - I know it's quite well received by fans but it left me cold. But then it's probably one of those that didn't need Poirot.

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