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Unformatted text preview: I've travelled the world twice over,
Met the famous: saints and sinners,
Poets and artists, kings and queens,
Old stars and hopeful beginners,
I've been where no-one's been before,
Learned secrets from writers and cooks
All with one library ticket
To the wonderful world of books.
© JANICE JAMES.
THE LABOURS OF HERCULES
A modern "Labours of Hercules33 -it was an idea that appealed to
In the period before his retirement, he decided to undertake twelve cases
with special reference to the twelve
labours of ancient Hercules.
Amusing and original, each case
more baffling than the last, we
guarantee the Labours of Hercules
will test the wits of the most ingenious
Complete and Unabridged ,vw^
First Published 1947
First Large Print Edition
published April 1978
by arrangement with
Collins, London & Glasgow
Dodd, Mead & Company Inc.
© Agatha Christie, 1947
British Library CIP Data
Christie, Agatha 18901976
Labours of Hercules--Large print ed.-(Ulverscroft large print series: mystery)
ISBN 0 7089 01190
LONG BRAf .»
Published by IF . A. Thorpe (Publishing) Ltd.
Anstey, Leicestershire Printed and bound in Great Britain by
T. J. Press (Padstow) Ltd., Padstow, Cornwall
OF WHOSE LABOURS ON BEHALF
OF HERCULE POIROT I AM
THIS BOOK IS AFFECTIONATELY
Foreword page i
^ i. The Nemean Lion 13
2. The Lemean Hydra 58
^ 3. The Arcadian Deer 102
i 4. The Erymanthian Boar 134
5. The Augean Stables 173
^ 6. The Stymphalean Birds 206
7. The Cretan Bull 243 ^ 8. The Horses of Diomedes 291
i/9. The Girdle of Hyppolita 325
10. The Flock of Geryon353
^ii. The Apples of the Hesperides 389
i2. The Capture of Cerberus 419
FOREWORD ERCULE POIROTS flat was essentially
modem in its furnishings.
It gleamed with chromium. Its
easy-chairs, though comfortably padded, were square and uncompromising in outline. H
On one of these chairs sat Hercule
Poirot, neatly -- in the middle of the
chair. Opposite him, in another chair, sat
Dr. Burton, Fellow of All Souls, sipping
appreciatively at a glass of Poirot's
Chateau Mouton Rothschild. There was
no neatness about Dr. Burton. He was
plump, untidy, and beneath his thatch of
white hair beamed a rubicund and benign
countenance. He had a deep wheezy
chuckle and the habit of covering himself
and everything round him with tobacco
ash. In vain did Poirot surround him with
Dr. Burton was asking a question. 'Tell me," he said. "Why Hercule ?"
"You mean, my Christian name ?"
"Hardly a Christian name," the other
demurred. "Definitely pagan. But why?
That's what I want to know. Father's
fancy? Mother's whim? Family reasons? If I remember rightly -- though my memory
isn't what it was -- you had a brother
called Achille, did you not ?"
Poirot's mind raced back over the
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