Here’s a short little mini-review today! Not a whole lot to say about this entry in Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot series.
My copy came from: I had an old copy of this book that I’ve had for years. I probably purchased it at a library book sale.
Review: Book #5 in the Hercule Poirot mysteries has our detective and his pal, Hastings, going up against super criminals, called The Big Four. The Big Four are four powerful criminals who are focused on world domination, and pull off stunning murders that would fool almost anyone but Hercule Poirot. This was a fine entry in the series. Neither great nor terrible. I enjoyed the elaborate murders, which were so elaborate and random, I couldn’t ever understand why The Big Four went to all the trouble. Seemed like The Big Four had too much time on their hands, and Poirot goes to great lengths to stop them. As always, the relationship between Poirot and Hastings is great fun and a bright spot to the book. A quick read and an alright entry in the series, but I don’t think I’ll remember this for very long. Oh, and be careful when reading the synopsis online or on the back of the book. The version on my copy gave away who one of the members of The Big Four is.
Bottom Line: Forgettable.
Links to The Big Four on Amazon | Goodreads
Are you an Agatha Christie fan? Which of her books is your favorite?
2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Big Four by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot #5)”
This isn’t one of my favourites either – I prefer when the motive is personal rather than the sort of organised crime type of thing. My own Poirot favourite is Death on the Nile, though I just re-read The ABC Murders and had forgotten how good it is too. 🙂
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Yeah, I definitely agree with you about enjoying a personal motive rather than organized crime. I just never could understand why they were going to all the trouble to do what they were doing.
I still need to read both of those books – I’m trying to be good and read the books in order, so haven’t gotten to either Death on the Nile or The ABC Murders yet. I’ll check out your review of ABC Murders – I see we both posted Poirot reviews today 🙂 I need to catch up on watching the series too – I was trying to watch the TV episodes right after I read each book so I could compare the two, but then got stuck on Poirot Investigates and all the short stories.
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