The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, #5) by Agatha Christie

The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, #5)

Framed in the doorway of Poirot's bedroom stood an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man's gaunt face stared for a moment, then he swayed and fell. Who was he? Was he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what was the significance of the figure 4, scribbled over and over again on a sheet of paper? Poirot finds himself plunged into a world of international intrigue, risking his life to uncover the truth about 'Nu...

Details The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, #5)

TitleThe Big Four (Hercule Poirot, #5)
Release DateJun 6th, 2018
GenreFiction, Mystery, Classics

Reviews The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, #5)

  • John
    This is a weird one. Apparently (I looked this up, because the book was so weird) Christie wrote a series of short stories about Poirot for some magazine and these stories were mashed together into this book. You can sort of tell that something like this is up, because the mashing didn't work all that well and things still seem a little disjointed. But really, the main problem here is that Poirot is fighting a team of supervillains, and he uses d...
  • Fiona
    Once upon a time, Agatha Christie stayed up way too late, drank her way through three bottles of Chardonnay and watched a Sean Connery James Bond film. As she was going to bed, some time about 3am, her eyes rested for a moment on her typewriter. I would not be in the least surprised if that was all she remembered about this book. For shame, Agatha. This is exactly the same reason I'm not allowed whisky and Twitter on the same evening any more.
  • Kim
    This is possibly the silliest book Christie ever wrote. It's full of Trilateral Commission conspiracy theories, evil scientists developing powerful beams that can wreak untold damage, and a hidden fortress inside a mountain. Yes, really. The only thing it lacked was sharks with fricking lasers attached to their heads.
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    The big four (Hercule Poirot #5), 1927, Agatha ChristieThe Big Four is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in the UK by William Collins & Sons on 27 January 1927 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company later in the same year. It features Hercule Poirot, Arthur Hastings, and Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp. The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and six pence and the US edition at $2.00.تاریخ نخستی...
  • Jokoloyo
    This book is a weird Hercule Poirot story. Not the usual mystery murder of a person from the upper class members of society. More like a thriller or a quicker pace mystery of Sherlock Holmes. What do you think about a story where Hercule Poirot against a crime organisation that aim for worldly power? If that premise is not bothering you, please proceed.I could still give it a three star until the middle part. Alas, the ending is not so satisfying...
  • BrokenTune
    ‘But Poirot— why?’This is possibly the most appropriate quotation I can choose to describe the book. The Big Four has one of the silliest plots of Christie's books which is based on Poirot and Hastings engaging in international crime and espionage - much in the same way that Holmes and Watson do,just in a more believable way. Where Holmes is reserved enough to carry off disguises and under-cover work, Poirot's flamboyance has him stick out ...
  • Poonam
    2.5 starsThis being the 5th book in the Poirot series is very different from any other Poirot book or in fact different to any other Christie book that I have read till date.Instead of a cozy setting of a house, village or hand few of suspicious people with multiple red herrings, this is about an International Gang - Big Four . This famous gang comprises of 4 people and we know the identity of one of the members right away.We come to know the id...
  • Erin
    2.75 stars Book #4 in my Agatha Christie Challenge Disclaimer: My local library had a very old copy of this title and so I spent a lot of time trying to find the exact cover, so this edition while not exactly the cover of my copy is the correct publishing company and amount of pages. Prior to beginning this read, I couldn't help but notice that several readers were less than thrilled about Hercule Poiriot in this conspiracy theory type mystery. A...
  • zahra haji
    يعود هيستنغز إلى بريطانيا بعد غياب طويل ليفاجأ عند وصوله باستعداد بوارو للسفر إلى البرازيل بمهمة سيجني من ورائها ثروة طائلة إلا أن وصول هارب من مصح عقلي بحالة عجيبة يحول دون إتمام السفر وتغيير الخطة لتتحول جهود بوارو وخلاياه الرمادية لحل لغز منظم...
  • Laurel Young
    I love the fact that Agatha Christie was always experimenting with new ways of writing mysteries, rather than resting on her considerable laurels. By 1927 she had already written such masterpieces as The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, so I have no doubt that The Big Four was an intentional departure from her previous work. Unfortunately, it is not one of her more successful efforts. An adventure story doesn't play to her strengths at all. The Big Four ...
  • David Schaafsma
    If you are looking into reading one Christie/Poirot book to check out what they are like, you can't choose this one. This has to be one of Christie's worst efforts, a "departure," though only her fifth Poirot book. Maybe calling it an experiment wold work, though that would be generous. I looked into background about the book and I learned that in this year Christie's mother died and she discovered her husband was having an affair, so their marri...
  • Evgeny
    Before the review I just want to ask a couple of questions. What was The Queen of Mystery smoking? It this stuff still available in 21st century? On to the review: the only reason I can justify the existence of this abomination is that it is a parody (I hope it is) of Sherlock Holmes vs. Prof. Moriarty duel of wits. Basically, there is an international crime cartel led by 4 people the last of whom is a ruthless killer whose identity is unknown. I...
  • Andrei Bădică
    Continui să citesc cărți scrise de Agatha.Îmi plac!
  • أَحْمَد
    مجموعة غامضة من اربعة اشخاص تخطط لفرض سيطرتها على العالم ..." الاول هو لى شاينج مى قائد صينى عبقرى فى الاجرام (العقل) ... الثانى هو ملياردير امريكى ( المال) ..الثالث :. امرأة فرنسية , عالمة فى مجال ال ذرة (العلم) .... الرابع هو رجل انجليزى ..ممثل بريطانى معتزل ...
  • An Odd1
    Decided disappointment - or meant to be taken in fun? The plot shapes up like an impossible farce. The conspirators plan to rule the world. "Number One" is the unseen brains, Chinese Li Chang Yen. "Two" is multimillionaire American Soap King Abe Ryland. "Three" is idolized brilliant Parisian chemist Mme Olivier. Their assassin "Number Four" is young actor Claud Darell. Or is he? are they? The elusive Four litters the landscape with corpses as an ...
  • Mmyoung
    A great disappointment after the skillful and inventive The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. The Big Four barely holds together as a book. Indeed it may not be said to have a plot at all. Instead it is a series of vignettes that are tied together with the loosest of bindings. I presume what Christie was aiming for was a romp such as she had provided in several of her earlier books but this time with Poirot and Hastings at the center of the story. But ins...
  • Moira Fogarty
    I hesitate to use the word "awful" in association with the Queen of Crime, but this is a bad egg. Penned (some say ghost-written) during Dame Agatha's worst year: In 1926, her mother died and her husband told her he was in love with another woman and wanted a divorce. No wonder she was off her game, poor dear.Originally published in serial format, this cluster of overblown spy adventures should never have featured portly, inactive Poirot & cluele...
  • 3houd
    رواية بمنتهى السخافة, أسوء قصص أغاثا على الإطلاق.من خلال بحثي قرأت أن هذه الرواية في الأصل كانت مكتوبة على شكل قصص مغامرات مسلسلة في إحدى المجلات, و في وقت لاحق تم تجميعها في كتاب واحد فأنتجت هذه المهزلة البوليسية.
  • حسام خليل
    أكثر ما أعجبني فيها هو أن الأحداث تشرح نفسها بطريقة جميلة جداً، لا تحتاج للكثير من التفكير من قبل القارئ وفي نفس الوقت لن تجدها مباشرة أمامك فـ أحياناً قد تضطر لقراءة أحد الفصول مرة أخرى . يعيبها أن بعض التفاصيل الدقيقة غير قابلة للتصديق بسهولة، لك...
  • Tim
    What the hell did I just read?See that rating? That's a one star rating. Had you asked me a week ago I would have said that Christie did not write one star books. Sure some are of much lesser quality, but one star seems rather much. Had this book been written by some other author with some other character it would have possibly been entertainingly bad enough to receive two stars. Here it is an insult to the characters and a bit of a train wreck.T...
  • Ashley Bogner
    I usually love Agatha Christie's Poirot novels. They are fun, quick mystery reads with clever end twists. The Big Four, however, is one of the most disappointing Christie books I have read.The problem? This plot was way too over-the-top for a Poirot story. Had it been a different genre, I wouldn't have minded. But this almost ridiculous mystery of uncovering the identity of a master criminal behind all of the world's political problems? It was so...
  • Amy
    This was not the best Poirot novel. It's storyline was far too grand and epic in scope to be covered in less than 200 pages. Instead of charming, it just seemed baffling. Poirot is good, but this book made him out to be clairvoyant in his ability to guess EVERYTHING correctly. It wasn't a horrible book, but I hope this isn't an indication of how the stories will continue!
  • Richard Derus
    Rating: 2* of fiveMiddling-at-best early 20th century spy fiction short stories.A melodramatic and ghastly filmed version.One and only one reason to watch the filmed version is the reunion of Miss Lemon, Japp, Hastings, and Poirot. But get tipsy first because your common sense is about to be done a violence.
  • Susan
    2.75*Possibly the worst Agatha Christie I’ve ever read.It started out ok, but went downhill quickly.....very disappointing.
  • Alaina Meserole
    I honestly have no idea how to write this review without adding spoilers, so be prepared people.(view spoiler)[The Big Four begins with Poirot setting off for South America to earn a huge payday from a "soap king" american millionaire, Abe Ryland. From there Poirot learns about the big four, which are four master criminals: 1 - Li Chang Yen, who is a Chinese political figure and the mastermind2 - an American, who has finance the gang3 - a Frenchw...
  • Pallavi Sharma
    ****2.0*****_______________Re-Read in 2017****3.5****Fifth in Poirot series, perhaps the least favorite of mine. But re-read has surely increased my ratings.Plots opens up when a mysterious man is found in Poirot's bedroom. The man is covered up with mud from top to bottom. Poirot and Hastings suspect that he might have entered from the window. He doesn't seem right on his mind but keeps on repeating Poirot's name and Number 4.On more cross-exami...
  • Rohit
    Agatha Christie fails to impress. As many remarked," as a creation, this book is an insult to Poirot". For me, this could easily be the worst Poirot story I ever read.The Big Four is intended to be the Poirot's biggest case ever. Its not about just one mystery but a collection of many short incidents which Christie intends to weave into a bigger mystery, that of the Big Four. The Big Four is similar to the spider like network of James Moriarty in...
  • Suzie Toumeh
    عندما انتهيت من قراءة هذه القصة أخذت نفساً عميقاً لاني صعقت بشدة من كمية الحبكات السخيفة الغير واقعية وخصوصاً أخر مقطع حيث تكشف أجاثا أن بطل القصة المحقق هيركيول بوارو هو في الحقيقة أخوه التؤام أشيل! وأن كل النزلاء والخدم في الفندق هم شرطة! وهذا لا ...
  • Viir
    I love Agatha Christie and I love the characters she created throughout her life. Her books are always a fast read and almost always enjoyable.In this one the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and his clever friend Captain Hastings investigate a lot of criminal cases surrounding the big four - an organization of wealthy, powerful people around the world. And a couple of times they try to get rid of Poirot, but duh it's Poirot, like come on....
  • Goose
    When Agatha Christie's publisher expected a follow up to the hit, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, she was in no state of mind to produce one. Her mother had just died the year before and her husband Archie and she were in a trial reconciliation after he had proclaimed his love for another woman. However, Agatha needed the money. Her brother-in-law suggested taking several stories she had sold to a magazine, adding some connective material and a begi...