Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Poirot Files Books 1 and 2

Mysterious Affair at Styles
Murder Methods: Poisoning

First book from the Poirot stories, and what a way to start! The story is narrated by Hastings, who was a Captain injured during the First World War, dismised from the army for recovering, our good Hastings found himself friendless, without a family to support him, and with an interesting invitation from and old friend to visit a house who was part of his childhood.

It's in Styles where Hastings would have a special encounter with an old friend of his, a Belgian refugee, who turns out to be one of the best detectives, a very peculiar man, Hercule Poirot, and the adventure begin, with the crime of Mrs. Evelyn Inglethorpe, their hostess, and an old lady who recently remarried with a man 20 years younger than her.
Poirot would make sure to find the guilty one, and protect those who are important. 

You gave too much rein to your imagination. Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.

Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored

Everything must be taken into account. If the fact will not fit the theory---let the theory go

The Murder on the Links
Murder methods: stabbig

The second adventure of Hercule Poirot brought us to France. After receiving a letter with an urgent message in which a life is at risk, Poirot and Hastings go to France to help a famous and mysterious rich man, but Poirot arrives to late, since his client was brutally stabbed the night before, and his body was found in a shallow grave on a golf course.
The police have no lead, and the letter sent to Poirot brought more questions than answers. The case is complicate and even more with the arrive of one of the most prestigious detectives, Giraud, the houndman as he’s known, who doesn’t lose an opportunity to treat Poirot not in the best way.
But Poirot would ignore rudeness, and attempts to mislead him, he trust in his grey cells, and knows that not everything is as simple as it look, there are parts of the past mixed with the present, and mistakes that the criminals usually tend to repeat.
The involvement of a mysterious widow and her daughter, a mysterious woman who Hastings has a weakness for, and the evident lie of the new widow in her attempt to hide the truth would complicate more the story, especially when a second body was found stabbed in the same way with apparently the same weapon.
The story once more was interesting and catching since the beginning, still I have some problems with it, well, just one, and the name is Hastings.
Since the previous book we noticed that Hastings not always thinks with his head, but let his sentiments lead the way, he’s a romantic and not in a good way.
During this book, we can see how ridiculous he can be, from doubting of Poirot’s capabilities, and admiring the man who is treating his friend in a rude way, to the stupidity of showing the crime scene to a perfect stranger, just because he fancied her.
To the point in which he is absolutely sure that he loves this stranger to whom he shared a two conversations, one on the train the other during the imprudent moment of the crime scene tour, oh but he loves her like no other.

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