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Agatha Christie
Poirot's Early Cases

First Published

UK
Collins, London, Sep. 1974
US
Dodd Mead, New York, 1974 as "Hercule Poirot's Early Cases"

Plot

(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

Still in the formative years of his career, Hercule Poirot faces a most taxing case: who killed Lord Cronshaw? Was Coco Courtenay's death on the same night a mere coincidence? And did she deliberately take an overdose of cocaine?

No sooner has Poirot revealed his astonishing conclusions, than he must turn his powers of deduction to seventeen other whirlwind mysteries.

Link

  1. Official Site: Poirot's Early Cases
  2. Wikipedia: Poirot's Early Cases

The Lost Mine

see "Poirot Investigates"

The Chocolate Box

see "Poirot Investigates"

The Veiled Lady

see "Poirot Investigates"

Problem at Sea

This Week, Jan. 1936
a.k.a. 'Poirot and the Crime in Cabin 66'
The Strand Magazine, Dec. 1935
Characters
Hercule Poirot, Carrington, Adeline Clapperton, Colonel John Clapperton, Pam Cregan, Badger Cotterill, Snooks Parker, Bassington-ffrench, General Forbes, Ellie Henderson, Kitty Mooney

Film & TV Dramas

Problem At Sea
Agahta Christie's POIROT I, 1989
director Renny Rye
writer Clive Exton
cast David Suchet(Poirot), Hugh Fraser(Hastings), Sheila Allen(Mrs Clapperton), John Normington(John Clapperton), Geoffrey Beevers(Mr Tolliver), Melissa Greenwood(Kitty Mooney), Ann Firbank(Ellie Henderson), Roger Hume(General Forbes), Ben Aris(Captain Fowler), James Ottaway(Mr Russell)

Link

  1. Official Site: Problem at Sea
  2. IMDb: Poirot: Problem At Sea (1989)

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Ladies' Home Journal, Jun. 1935
The Strand, Aug. 1935
Characters
Hercule Poirot, Inspector Sims, Henry Delafontaine, Mary Delafontaine, Amelia Barrowby, Miss Felicity Lemon

Film & TV Dramas

How Does Your Garden Grow?
Agahta Christie's POIROT III, 1991
director Brian Farnham
writer Andrew Marshall
cast David Suchet(Poirot), Hugh Fraser(Hastings), Philip Jackson(Japp), Pauline Moran(Miss Lemon), Catherine Russell(Katrina Reiger), Anne Stallybrass(Mary Delafontaine), Tim Wylton(Henry Delafontaine), Margery Masson(Amelia Barrowby), Ralph Nossek(Dr Sims), Peter Birch(Nicholai), Dorcas Morgan(Lucy)

Link

  1. Official Site: How Does Your Garden Grow?
  2. IMDb: Poirot: How Does Your Garden Grow? (1991)

The Adventure of Johnny Waverly

a.k.a. 'The Kidnapping of Johnnie Waverly'
The Sketch, Oct.10 1923
Characters
Hercule Poirot, Jessie Withers, Ada Waverly, Johnnie Waverly, Marcus Waverly, Miss Collins, Doctor Dakers, Tredwell, Captain Arthur Hastings, Inspector McNeil

Film & TV Dramas

The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly
Agahta Christie's POIROT I, 1989
director Renny Rye
writer Clive Exton
cast David Suchet(Poirot), Hugh Fraser(Hastings), Philip Jackson(Japp), Pauline Moran(Miss Lemon), Geoffrey Bateman(Marcus Waverly), Julia Chambers(Ada Waverly), Dominic Rougier(Johnnie Waverly), Patrick Jordan(Tredwell), Carol Frazer(Jessie Withers), Robert Putt(Rogers), Sandra Freeman(Miss Collins), Patrick Connor(Hughes), Jonathan Magnanti(Policeman)

Link

  1. Official Site: The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly
  2. IMDb: Poirot: The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly (1989)

The Third Floor Flat

Hutchinson's Adventure & Mystery Story Magazine, Jan. 1929
Detective Story Magazine, Jan.5 1929
a.k.a. 'In the Third Floor Flat'
Characters
Hercule Poirot, O'Connor, Patricia "Pat" Garnett, Ernestine Grant, Jimmy Faulkener, John Fraser, Donovan Bailey, Mildred Hope, Inspector Rice

Film & TV Dramas

The Third-Floor Flat
Agahta Christie's POIROT I, 1989
director Edward Bennett
writer Michael Baker
cast David Suchet(Poirot), Hugh Fraser(Hastings), Philip Jackson(Japp), Pauline Moran(Miss Lemon), Suzanne Burden(Patricia Matthews), Nicholas Prichard(Donovan), Robert Hines(Jimmy), Amanda Elwes(Mildred), Josie Lawrence(Mrs. Grant), Susan Porrett(Trotter), James Aidan(Major Sadler), Gillian Bush Bailey(Mrs Sadler)

Link

  1. Official Site: Third Floor Flat
  2. IMDb: Poirot: The Third-Floor Flat (1989)

The Affair at the Victory Ball

The Sketch, Mar.7 1923
The Blue Book, Sep.1923
a.k.a. 'The Six China Figures'
Characters
Hercule Poirot, Lord Cronshaw (5th) "Cronch", Coco Courtenay, Captain Digby, Christopher "Chris" Davidson, Mrs Davidson, Eustace Beltane, Mrs Mallaby, Arthur Hastings, Inspector Japp

Film & TV Dramas

The Affair at the Victory Ball
Agahta Christie's POIROT III, 1991
director Renny Rye
writer Andrew Marshall
cast David Suchet(Poirot), Hugh Fraser(Hastings), Philip Jackson(Japp), Pauline Moran(Miss Lemon), Mark Crowdy(Viscount Cronshaw), David Henry(Eustace Beltaine), Andrew Burt(James Ackerley), Hadyn Gwynne(Coco Courtney), Nathaniel Parker(Chris Davidson), Natalie Slater(Mrs Davidson), Kate Harper(Mrs Mallaby)

Link

  1. Official Site: The Affair at the Victory Ball
  2. IMDb: Poirot: The Affair at the Victory Ball (1991)

The Adventure of the Clapham Cook

The Sketch, Nov.14 1923
Characters
Hercule Poirot, Annie, Henry Wintergreen, Jane Emmott, Crotchet, Simpson, Eliza Dunn, Davis, Mrs Todd, Mr Todd, Carter Paterson, Edna Field, Eliza Leech, Arthur Hastings

Film & TV Dramas

The Adventure of The Clapham Cook
director Edward Bennett
writer Clive Exton
cast David Suchet(Poirot), Hugh Fraser(Hastings), Philip Jackson(Japp), Pauline Moran(Miss Lemon), Bright Forsyth(Mrs Todd), Dermot Crowley(Arthur Simpson), Freda Dowie(Eliza Dunn), Antony Carrick(Mr Todd), Katy Murphy(Annie), Daniel Webb(Porter), Richard Wibb(Mr Cameron)
Kieta Ryorinin
Meitantei POIROT to MARPLE, 2004/05 (JP/TV)
director Naohito Takahashi;
writer Shinzo Fujita,
cast/voice Kotaro Satomi(Poirot), Harue Akagi

Link

  1. Official Site: The Adventure of the Clapham Cook
  2. IMDb: Poirot: The Adventure of The Clapham Cook (1989)

The Cornish Mystery

The Sketch, Nov.28 1923
The Blue Book, Oct. 1925
Characters
Hercule Poirot, Dr Adams, Jessie, Freda Stanton, Edward Pengelley, Mrs Pengelley, Miss Marks, Jacob Radnor, Arthur Hastings

Film & TV Dramas

The Cornish Mystery
Agahta Christie's POIROT II, 1990
director Edward Bennett
writer Clive Exton
cast David Suchet(Poirot), Hugh Fraser(Hastings), Philip Jackson(Japp), Pauline Moran(Miss Lemon), Amanda Walker(Mrs Pengelly), Tilly Vasburgh(Jessie), Jerome Willis(Edward), Derek Benfield(Dr Adams), John Bowler(Jacob Radnor)

Link

  1. Official Site: The Cornish Mystery
  2. IMDb: Poirot: The Cornish Mystery (1990)

The Adventure of the King of Clubs

The Sketch, Mar.21 1923
a.k.a. 'The King of Clubs'
The Blue Book, Nov. 1923
Characters
Hercule Poirot, Alexander, Oglander, John Oglander, Miss Oglander, Mrs Oglander, Zara, Valerie Saintclair, Count Feodor, Doctor Ryan, Henry Reedburn, Arthur Hastings

Film & TV Dramas

The King of Clubs
Agahta Christie's POIROT I, 1989
director Renny Rye
writer Michael Baker
cast David Suchet(Poirot), Hugh Fraser(Hastings), Philip Jackson(Japp), Niamh Cusack(Valerie Saintclair), David Swift(Henry Reedburn), Gawn Grainger(Ralph Walton), Jonathan Coy(Bunny Saunders), Jack Klaff(Prince Paul of Maurania), Avril Elgar(Mrs Oglander), Sean Pertwee(Ronnie Oglander)

Link

  1. Official Site: The Adventure of the King of Clubs
  2. IMDb: Poirot: The King of Clubs (1989)

The LeMesurier Inheritance

The Sketch, Dec.18 1923
The Magpie, Dec. 1923
Characters
Hercule Poirot, John Gardiner, Lady Claygate, Miss Saunders, Higginson, Vincent Lemesurier, Gerald Lemesurier, Hugo Lemesurier, Sadie Lemsurier, Roger Lemesurier, Ronald Lemesurier, Ronald Lemesurier, John Lemesurier, Baron Hugo Lemesurier, Arthur Hastings

Link

  1. Official Site: The LeMesurier Inheritance

The Plymouth Express

a.k.a. 'The Mystery of the Plymouth Express'
The Sketch, Apr.4 1923
a.k.a. 'The Plymouth Express Affair'
The Blue Book, Jan. 1924
a.k.a. 'The Girl in Electric Blue'
Characters
Hercule Poirot, Gracie Kidd, Flossie Carrington, Rupert Carrington, Alec Simpson, Duchess of Swansea, Red Narky, Ebenezer Halliday, Flossie Halliday, Jane Mason, Armand de la Rochefour, Arthur Hastings, Inspector Japp

Film & TV Dramas

The Plymouth Express
Agahta Christie's POIROT III, 1991
director Andrew Piddington
writer Rod Beacham
cast David Suchet(Poirot), Hugh Fraser(Hastings), Philip Jackson(Japp), Pauline Moran(Miss Lemon), John Stone(Halliday), Marion Bailey(Jane Mason), Alfredo Michelson(Comte de la Rochefour), Shelagh McLeod(Florence Carrington), Julian Wadham(Rupert Carrington), Kenneth Haigh(McKenzie)
PLYMOUTH-yuki kyuko-ressya
Meitantei POIROT to MARPLE, 2004/05 (JP/TV)
director Naohito Takahashi;
writer Yukiyoshi Ohashi,
cast/voice Kotaro Satomi(Poirot)

Link

  1. Official Site: The Mystery of the Plymouth Express
  2. IMDb: Poirot: The Plymouth Express (1991)

The Submarine Plans

The Sketch, Nov.7 1923
Characters
Hercule Poirot, Lord Alloway, Lady Juliet Weardale, Leonard Weardale, Sir Harry Weardale, Sir Ralph Curtis, Mrs Conrad, Mr Fitzroy, David MacAdam, Leonie, Arthur Hastings
This story was expanded in 1937 into 'The Incredible Theft'.

Link

  1. Official Site: The Submarine Plans

The Market Basing Mystery

The Sketch, Oct.17 1923
Characters
Hercule Poirot, Wendover, Miss Clegg, Dr Giles, Mr and Mrs Parker, Walter Protheroe, Constable Pollard, Arthur Hastings, Inspector Japp
This story was expanded in 1936 into 'Murder in the Mews'.

Link

  1. Official Site: The Market Basing Mystery

The Double Clue

The Sketch, Dec.4 1923

Film & TV Dramas

The Double Clue
Agahta Christie's POIROT III, 1991
director Andrew Piddington
writer Anthony Horowitz
cast David Suchet(Poirot), Hugh Fraser(Hastings), Philip Jackson(Japp), Pauline Moran(Miss Lemon), Kika Markham(Countess Vera Rossakoff), David Lyon(Marcus Hardman), Nicholas Selby(Mr Johnstone), David Bamber(Bernard Parker), Charmian May(Lady Runcorn), William Chubb(Blake), Michael Packer(Redfern)

Link

  1. Official Site: The Double Clue
  2. IMDb: Poirot: The Double Clue (1991)

Double Sin

The Sunday Dispatch, Sep.23 1928
a.k.a. 'By Road or Rail'
Characters
Hercule Poirot, Joseph Aarons, J. Baker Wood, Norton Kane, Mary Durrant, Elizabeth Penn, Arthur Hastings

Film & TV Dramas

Double Sin
Agahta Christie's POIROT II, 1990
director Richard Spence
writer Clive Exton
cast David Suchet(Poirot), Hugh Fraser(Hastings), Philip Jackson(Japp), Pauline Moran(Miss Lemon), Adam Kotz(Nortan Kane), Paul Gabriel(Speedy Tours Rep), Caroline Milmos(Mary Durrant), David Hargreaves(Sgt Vinney), Michael J. Shannon(Mr Baker Wood), Amamda Garwood(Landlady), Elspet Gray(Miss Penn)

Link

  1. Official Site: Double Sin
  2. IMDb: Poirot: Double Sin (1990)

Wasps' Nest

Daily Mail, Nov.20 1928
Characters
Hercule Poirot, Molly Deane, John Harrison, Claude Langton

Film & TV Dramas

Wasps' Nest
Agahta Christie's POIROT III, 1991
director Brian Farnham
writer David Renwick
cast David Suchet(Poirot), Hugh Fraser(Hastings), Philip Jackson(Japp), Pauline Moran(Miss Lemon), Martin Turner(John Harrison), Melanie Jessop(Molly Deane), Peter Capaldi(Claude Langton), Kate Lynn-Evans(Mrs Henderson), John Boswall(Dr Belvedere)

Link

  1. Official Site: Wasps' Nest
  2. IMDb: Poirot: Wasps' Nest (1991)
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