History Literature / HerculePoirot

8th Mar '17 8:57:26 AM LondonKdS
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* LateArrivalSpoiler: Christie's novels occasionally revealed the solutions of previous works, a habit which vexed her publishers. For instance, in ''Literature/CardsOnTheTable'', Poirot makes a reference to the solution to ''Murder on the Orient Express''. The reference is very subtle, but enough to spoil it for someone who has not yet read that novel. Even worse, in ''Dumb Witness'', Poirot casually mentions the names of the guilty parties from ''four'' previous novels.

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* LateArrivalSpoiler: Christie's novels occasionally revealed the solutions of previous works, a habit which vexed her publishers. For instance, in ''Literature/CardsOnTheTable'', Poirot makes a reference to the solution to ''Murder on the Orient Express''. The reference is very subtle, but enough to spoil it for someone who has not yet read that novel. Even worse, in ''Dumb Witness'', Poirot casually mentions the names of the guilty parties from ''four'' previous novels.novels in a single sentence.
20th Jan '17 9:58:35 PM AnotherGuy
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* UnderestimatingBadassery: Like Series/{{Columbo}}, Poirot counts on people underestimating him thanks to his carefully cultivated FunnyForeigner personality, no matter how famed he may be.
7th Jan '17 10:37:54 AM NotThisThing
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** Arguably not, as Christie's books tend to mention the key clues without giving any importance to them until the summation. For example, the key to the solution of ''The Clocks'' is a single five-word phrase said as part of a conversation early in the book, not brought up again until Poirot mentions it in the summation.
7th Jan '17 10:35:19 AM NotThisThing
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* ''The Monogram Murders'' (2016), (an officially licensed novel by Creator/SophieHannah)

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* ''The Monogram Murders'' (2016), (2014), (an officially licensed novel by Creator/SophieHannah)Creator/SophieHannah)
* ''Closed Casket'' (2016), (the second officially licensed novel by Hannah)
10th Dec '16 3:35:47 PM benda
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* VillainousBreakdown: The murderers in ''Sad Cypress'' and ''Mrs. [=McGinty=]'s Dead'' both experience rather dramatic ones.

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* VillainousBreakdown: The murderers in ''Sad Cypress'' ''Death in the Clouds'' and ''Mrs. [=McGinty=]'s Dead'' both experience rather dramatic ones.
23rd Nov '16 4:11:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* BluffingTheAuthorities: In the story ''The Stymphalian Birds'', an English diplomat accidentally kills a young woman's jealous husband while on vacation in Central Europe. The woman's mother knows how things happen around there and is certain that everything can be smoothed over with enough bribery, including a police officer who came by the hotel. However, it's all a scam (including the husband's "death", who was played by the mother): banking on the fact that the diplomat didn't speak the language, she had called the cop about missing jewelry.
11th Oct '16 3:18:48 AM Adept
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* DemotedToExtra: Many of Poirot's novels actually feature very little of the Belgian detective, where he would have minimal involvement in the plot and only serves to InfoDump the solution of the mystery during the denouement. Some examples include ''Cat Among the Pigeons'', where Poirot only show up in the last third of the books, and ''The Clocks'', where he barely exists outside the reveal.

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* DemotedToExtra: As Christie's dislike towards Poirot increases, his importance in the cases his solve begin to diminish as well. Many of Poirot's later novels actually feature very little of the Belgian detective, where he would have minimal involvement in the plot and only serves to InfoDump the solution of the mystery during the denouement. Some examples include ''Cat Among the Pigeons'', where Poirot only show up in the last third of the books, and ''The Clocks'', where he barely exists outside the reveal.
4th Oct '16 4:24:25 AM Adept
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* TakingTheHeat: Done numerous times to provide red herrings.
** In ''Appointment with Death'', the Boyntons all lie about their final encounters with the victim, the family matriarch. Each had their own ideas about who the murderer is, and lied to protect the other. [[spoiler:None of them were the murderer. The killer was someone outside the family]]
** In ''The Hollow'', everyone seem to deliberately go out of their way to bring suspicion to themselves to divert the attention away from the most obvious suspect. [[spoiler:She turned out to be the murderer. However, the others tried to protect her out of family obligations.]]
16th Sep '16 12:54:48 AM Adept
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* BrotherAndSisterTeam: Charles and Theresa Arundell from ''Dumb Witness'' frequently scheme to squeeze money out from their aunt. Exemplified in the TV adaptation, which AdaptedOut Theresa's fiance, leaving the two to work together more often.

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* BrotherAndSisterTeam: BrotherSisterTeam: Charles and Theresa Arundell from ''Dumb Witness'' frequently scheme to squeeze money out from their aunt. Exemplified in the TV adaptation, which AdaptedOut Theresa's fiance, leaving the two to work together more often.
1st Sep '16 2:20:24 AM Adept
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* BrotherAndSisterTeam: Charles and Theresa Arundell from ''Dumb Witness'' frequently scheme to squeeze money out from their aunt. Exemplified in the TV adaptation, which AdaptedOut Theresa's fiance, leaving the two to work together more often.



* DeathByLookingUp: The cause of death for [[spoiler:Louise Leidner]] in ''[[spoiler:Murder in Mesopotamia]]''.
* DeathInTheClouds: The 1935 novel of that title is the {{Trope Namer|s}}.

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* %%* DeathByLookingUp: The cause of death for [[spoiler:Louise Leidner]] in ''[[spoiler:Murder in Mesopotamia]]''.
* %%* DeathInTheClouds: The 1935 novel of that title is the {{Trope Namer|s}}.



* TheDutifulSon: Richard Abernathie, whose funeral is the catalyst for the events in ''After the Funeral''.
** Another example is Alfred Lee, the oldest and most dutiful of Simeon Lee's sons from ''Hercule Poirot's Christmas''.

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* %%* TheDutifulSon: Richard Abernathie, whose funeral is the catalyst for the events in ''After the Funeral''.
** %%** Another example is Alfred Lee, the oldest and most dutiful of Simeon Lee's sons from ''Hercule Poirot's Christmas''.



* EnfantTerrible: [[spoiler:Nigel Chapman]] is referred to as a grown-up version of this in ''Hickory Dickory Dock''.

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* %%* EnfantTerrible: [[spoiler:Nigel Chapman]] is referred to as a grown-up version of this in ''Hickory Dickory Dock''.



* HalloweenEpisode: ''Hallowe'en Party''

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* %%* HalloweenEpisode: ''Hallowe'en Party''



* MadArtist: Michael Garfield, Mad Landscape Gardener, in ''Hallowe'en Party''.

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* %%* MadArtist: Michael Garfield, Mad Landscape Gardener, in ''Hallowe'en Party''.



* TheWatson: Captain Hastings in the early Poirot novels. After gradually phasing Hastings out, Christie used a variety of one-shot characters in this role. He was brought back for ''Curtain''. This is sometimes {{lampshade}}d; in one story, a girl says something to the effect of, "Dr. Watson, I presume?" when introduced to him and Poirot.
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