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The Labours of Hercules by Agatha Christie
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Mar 28, 12

Read in March, 2012

This might be the most adroit 'themed' short story collection I have yet encountered. The 'skeleton' of this book is this - Hercule Poirot decides to undertake 12 cases that have some analog in the 12 'labors' of his classical namesake, Hercules. Suffice to say, all manner of witty and puzzling engagements follow. The genius Ms. Christie displays in making allegorical connections between the classical - and mostly physical - 'labors' of the famous historical strongman are paralleled via equally laborious and Herculean feats of intellectual strength by our Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. I won't come close to ruining any of the plots, suffice to say I wasn't let down by a one. Varied, vital, and voracious mysteries solved with genius, genuineness, and geniality!
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