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 DateMay 8th, 2019
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, 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...
  • Evgeny
    Review updated on May 1, 2019.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...
  • 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.
  • Adrian
    Now apparently (allegedly ?) this book was a "mash-up" of short stories that ended up as a novel, and some people have criticised the book for that very fact. Personally if I hadn't been told this "fact" I wouldn't have guessed, although, it is set out as a series of little mysteries. I quite liked this format as I lived with the progression of the overall storyline, as Hastings and Poirot battled the Big Four through a series of adventures.Stran...
  • 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.
  • Susan
    This novel was published in 1927. It follows, “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd,” and it also followed Christie’s notorious eleven day disappearance; an event which haunted her all her life. Devastated by the death of her mother, and the breakdown of her marriage, her brother in law suggested that she re-work some short stories, previously published in “The Sketch,” an American magazine. Due to the publicity surrounding her disappearance, ...
  • 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...
  • Dita
    Agatha! Aggie! What the hell???I love me some Agatha but girlfriend hit the hooch when she cobbled these short stories together and tried to pretend they were a book.See you in the next one, Hercule!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • David Schaafsma
    If you are looking into reading one Christie/Poirot book to check out what they are like, don'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 would 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 marriage...
  • Ashley
    At first listening to this audiobook, I was enjoying myself quite a bit. Poirot was there, Hastings was there, back from Brazil, and aren’t we all having a good time now that this mysterious man has shown up in the bedroom, and then expired. Except pretty quickly after that, I realized in fact that the book was not good, and I was not enjoying myself, and even though I did listen to the whole thing in its entirety, I did not *listen* to the boo...
  • 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 ...
  • Andrei Bădică
    Continui să citesc cărți scrise de Agatha.Îmi plac!
  • 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...
  • Sophia
    B.R.A.CE. 2018 4 βιβλία με διαφορετικούς ντετέκτιβ (3/4)Παροδοχές:1. Είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο με ήρωα τον Πουαρώ που διαβάζω2. Είναι το τρίτο βιβλίο της Agatha Christie που διαβάζω3. Έχω επηρεαστεί ήδη από την τηλεοπτική απεικόνιση του4. Δεν τον συμπαθώ τον Πουαρώ, εί...
  • 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 ...
  • Roman Clodia
    Christie goes down a James Bond-esque route with a sinister international organisation aiming at world domination and with an all-powerful death ray at their disposal - luckily, though, we have Hastings and Poirot in our corner who, with no more than ze little grey cells, a sprinkling of aniseed on the shoes (so that bloodhounds can track them, you see) and some up-and-at-'em attitude manage to foil every dastardly plot and restore world peace - ...
  • Emily
    This book is batshit insane and thus, very enjoyable. I would recommend that you read this only if you have read all other Poirot books, because reading The Big Four will give you the mistaken impression that Poirot is a James Bond-style detective who works on an international scale to bring down sinister cabals of criminals. As we all know, Poirot primarily shines when he is placed in an English country house closed-circle mystery, not when he i...
  • Melindam
    I would never have thought to write this about an Agatha Christie book, but... UUGGHHH! *SHUDDER* *EYEROLL*!I read it quite a long time ago and I realised that I can't remember a thing about it, which was already a sign, but I was still hoping for something better.More detailed review to come.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Sally
    A random guy wanders into Poirot's apartment, warns him about an international crime syndicate, and promptly dies. Hastings totally ditches his wife to chase this syndicate with Poirot, but since they have no clues, they just kind of sit around and wait for the criminals to do dastardly things. -twiddles thumbs-I think I'm destined to dislike Agatha Christie books which feature Chinese people. I know the book was written a long time ago, and back...
  • Aravena
    Di awal kariernya, novel misteri Agatha Christie bisa digolongkan jadi dua kelompok besar: jenis pembunuhan ruang tertutup (biasanya menampilkan detektif non-konvensional seperti Hercule Poirot dan Jane Marple), dan jenis petualangan/thriller bertema spionase (menampilkan pasangan Tommy & Tuppence Beresford, maupun tokoh-tokoh petualang wanita yang lincah seperti Bundle Brent dan Anne Beddingfield). Menurut pendapat umum (*yang saya setujui), jud...