- Broken Base: That this is one of Agatha Christie's worst Poirot novels, and indeed one of her worst books in general, is agreed upon. Whether it is worth skipping altogether, reading for the sake of completion, read for the sheer entertainment factor, or seen as an interesting and unusually high-stakes look at Poirot (and Hastings), however, is a bit more up for debate.
- It is also notable for introducing Poirot's moustache-less brother Achille. Assuming he actually existed.
- Consequently, it might be argued that it's the only Christie's novel where a major plot change in the adaptation actually improved the material.
- Harsher in Hindsight: After Poirot is killed off in Curtain, his Faking the Dead is a lot harder to read.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Nowadays, someone randomly coming across the title of this novel may be forgiven to confuse it with a very popular crossover on the Internet...
YMMV / The Big Four