Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

Labours of hercules by agatha christie

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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 Hercule Poirot. 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 armchair detective. AGATHA CHRISTIE THE LABOURS OF HERCULES Complete and Unabridged ,vw^ Q | ULVERSCROFT Leicester First Published 1947 First Large Print Edition published April 1978 by arrangement with Collins, London & Glasgow and Dodd, Mead & Company Inc. New York Reprinted 1990 © Agatha Christie, 1947 British Library CIP Data Christie, Agatha 18901976 Labours of Hercules--Large print ed.-(Ulverscroft large print series: mystery) I. Title 823'.912 [F] ISBN 0 7089 01190 ETOBICOKE PUBLIC UBRARIE5 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 To EDMUND CORK OF WHOSE LABOURS ON BEHALF OF HERCULE POIROT I AM DEEPLY APPRECIATIVE THIS BOOK IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED CONTENTS 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 ashtrays. 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 detail...
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