Friday, June 05, 2009

Two Recently Discovered Poirot Short Stories to be Published

Agatha Christie's Poirot is reporting that two unpublished short stories by Agatha Christie featuring her Belgian private detective Hercule Poirot have been discovered in her summer home Greenway. The stories, found inside 73 notebooks on the property, which was recently opened to the public, will be revealed in Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran (HarperCollins, September 2009).

"The Mystery of the Dog's Ball" was eventually turned into the novel Dumb Witness, but unlike other Christie short stories-turned-novels it remains unpublished. It was not uncommon for Christie to work out details of plot and character in short story format before reworking them as full-length novels. The other story, "The Capture of Cerberus", was written to complete The Labours of Hercules, a collection which followed the 12 cases Poirot chose to end his career. Christie eventually scrapped the story and wrote a different version, with the same title, for the book.

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