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Agatha Christie
The Labours of Hercules

To Edmund Cork
of whose labours on behalf of Hercule Poirot I am deeply appreciative this book is affectionately dedicated

First Published

Collins, London, Sep. 1947
Dodd Mead, New York, 1947


(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

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 before he retired, 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.

Movie & TV

Labours of Hercules, 2013
Agahta Christie's POIROT XIII
director Andy Wilson
writer Guy Andrews
cast David Suchet (Hercule Poirot), Patrick Ryecart (Sir Anthony Morgan), Rupert Evans (Harold Waring), Lorna Nickson Brown (Lucinda), Stephen Frost (Chief Inspector), Simon Callow (Dr Lutz), Morven Chrsitie (Elsie Clayton), Tom Wlaschiha (Schwartz), Nicholas McGaughey (Inspector Lementeuil), Orla Brady (Countess Vera Rossakoff), Eleanor Tomlinson (Alice Cunningham), Tom Chadbon (Dr Burton), Tom Austen (Ted Williams), Fiona O’Shaughnessy (Katrina Samoushenka), Sandy McDade (Miss Annabel Rice), Nigel Lindsay (Francesco), Richard Katz (Gustave), Isobel Middleton (Policewoman)


  1. Official Site: The Labours of Hercules
  2. Wikipedia: The Labours of Hercules

The Nemean Lion

Strand Magazine, Nov. 1940
a.k.a. 'The Case of the Kidnaped Pekinese'
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Sep. 1944
a.k.a. 'The Case of the Nemean Lion'
a.k.a. 'The Kidnaped Pekinese'
Hercule Poirot, Augustus, Captain Curtis, Amy Carnaby, Emily Carnaby, Thomas Carnaby, Miss Ellen Keble, Mrs. Samuelson, Jacob Samuelson, Shan Tung, Nanki Poo, Lady Julia Hartingfield, Mrs.Harte, Commander Blackleigh, Sir Joseph Hoggin, Lady (Milly) Hoggin, Miss Maltravers, Greta, Miss Lemon, George


  1. Official Site: The Nemean Lion

The Lernean Hydra

Strand Magazine, Dec. 1939
a.k.a. 'The Invisible Enemy'
This Week, Sep.3 1939
a.k.a. 'The Hydra of Lernea'
a.k.a. 'The Case of the Gossipers'


  1. Official Site: The Lernean Hydra

The Arcadian Deer

Strand Magazine, Jan. 1940
a.k.a. 'Vanishing Lady'
This Week, May.19 1940


  1. Official Site: The Arcadian Deer

The Erymanthian Boar

Strand Magazine, Feb. 1940
a.k.a. 'Murder Mountain'
This Week, May.5 1940
a.k.a. 'The Case of the Erymanthian Boar'


  1. Official Site: The Erymanthian Boar

The Augean Stables

Strand Magazine, Mar. 1940


  1. Official Site: The Augean Stables

The Stymphalean Birds

Strand Magazine, Apr. 1940
a.k.a. 'The Vulture Women'
This Week, Sep.17 1939
a.k.a. 'Birds of Ill Omen'
a.k.a. 'The Case of The Vulture Women'


  1. Official Site: The Stymphalean Birds

The Cretan Bull

The Strand, May. 1940
a.k.a. 'Midnight Madness'
This Week, Sep.24 1939
a.k.a. 'The Case of the Family Taint'


  1. Official Site: The Cretan Bull

The Horses of Diomedes

Strand Magazine, Jun. 1940
a.k.a. 'The Case of the Drug Peddler'
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Jan. 1945


  1. Official Site: The Horses of Diomedes

The Girdle of Hippolyta

Strand Magazine, Jul. 1940
a.k.a. 'The Disappearance of Winnie King'
This Week, Sep.10 1939
a.k.a. 'The Case of the Missing Schoolgirl'


  1. Official Site: The Girdle of Hyppolita

The Flock of Geryon

Strand Magazine, Aug. 1940
a.k.a. 'Weird Monster'
This Week, May.26 1940


  1. Official Site: The Flock of Geryon

The Apples of the Hesperides

Strand Magazine, Sep. 1940
a.k.a. 'The Poison Cup'
This Week, May.12 1940


  1. Official Site: The Apples of Hesperides

The Caputure of Cerberus

a.k.a. 'Meet Me in Hell'
This Week, Mar.16 1947
a.k.a. 'Case of the Capture of Cerberus'
a.k.a. 'Hercule Poirot in Hell'


  1. Official Site: The Capture of Cerberus
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