The Big Four

The Big Four They are formidable enemies in their own rights a French scientist an American millionaire a brilliant Chinese gentleman and a master of disguise But together they are the Big Four a partnership w

They are formidable enemies in their own rights a French scientist, an American millionaire, a brilliant Chinese gentleman, and a master of disguise But together they are the Big Four, a partnership with one simple goal murder Hercule Poirot has never come up against an opponent so vicious or so deadly.

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  1. Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.Agatha Christie is the best selling author of all time She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple and author of The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the history of modern theatre Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K as the youngest of three The Millers had two other children Margaret Frary Miller 1879 1950 , called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha s senior, and Louis Montant Miller 1880 1929 , called Monty, ten years older than Agatha During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920 During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.In late 1926, Agatha s husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan Sir Max from 1968 after joining him in an archaeological dig Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie s death in 1976 In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories Christie s travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East Other novels such as And Then There Were None were set in and around Torquay, where she was born Christie s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway The hotel maintains Christie s room as a memorial to the author The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother in law, James Watts She based at least two of her stories on the hall the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral Abney became Agatha s greatest inspiration for country house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post war crime novels To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande

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  1. 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 disguises and smoke bombs and has to find their secret u [...]

  2. 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 .

  3. 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.

  4. 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 2011 1390 220 9789643637699 20 1827 2.00

  5. 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 Without spoiler, that s all I can say for now.Not exac [...]

  6. 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 believable way Where Holmes is reserved enough to carry off disguises and under cover work, Poirot s flamboyance has him stick out like a sore thumb all over the place, and Christie s attempts at ma [...]

  7. 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 identity of the remaining members as and when the story p [...]

  8. 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 Although I agree that it is far from the masterpieces t [...]

  9. 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 successful efforts An adventure story doesn t play to her strengths at all The Big Four is one cliche after another, with Poirot and Hastings cons [...]

  10. 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 marriage was ending She was as a result strapped for cash, a [...]

  11. 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 It is up to Poirot and Hastings to track him down It is a col [...]

  12. 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 author s device to add yet another disguise Captain Hastings contente [...]

  13. 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 instead of a romp she delivered a book that lacks both ins [...]

  14. 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 clueless Hastings as the heroes They just don t fit James Bond an [...]

  15. 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.This is bad like so bad that if feels like it was writte [...]

  16. 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 different from what I ve come to expect from Poirot Bes [...]

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 2.75 Possibly the worst Agatha Christie I ve ever read.It started out ok, but went downhill quickly.ry disappointing.

  20. 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 Frenchwoman4 the destroyer Sounds like the four best friends that any [...]

  21. 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 cross examination, it comes out that there is an organisation called The Big Four l [...]

  22. 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 Sherlock Holmes stories The lack of originality and att [...]

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