The Big Four

The Big Four

Hercule Poirot Series, Book 5

eBook - 2004
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Hercule Poirot is preparing for a voyage to South America. Looming in the doorway of his bedroom is an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust and mud. The man’s gaunt face registers Poirot for a moment, and then he collapses. The stranger recovers long enough to identify Poirot by name and madly and repeatedly scribble the figure ‘4’ on a piece of paper. Poirot cancels his trip. An investigation is in order. Fortunately, Poirot has the faithful Captain Hastings at his side as he plunges into a conspiracy of international scope—one that would consolidate power in the deadly cabal known as ‘The Big Four.’
Publisher: 2004
ISBN: 9780061739095
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Mar 23, 2019

Agatha Christie's "The Big Four" is an ambitious change-up from detective Hercule Poirots' typical murder-mystery cases as he finds himself pitted against four super-villains bent on world domination in this action-adventure thriller. The plot of the book aims high with the ramifications of the acts of four international super-villains working together to plunge the world's leadership into chaos so that they can emerge the dictators of their respective nations. However this intriguing plot lacks in providing adequate character background information and most importantly the motivations of these super villains to be working together. The plot moves quickly in the book, constantly jumping from one place to the next without hesitation or much warning which diminishes the pacing and overall enjoy-ability of the book. However there is still a lot to enjoy with the returning characters of Hercule Poirot, Captain Hastings, and Inspector Japp. The banter between Poirot and Hastings is consistently humorous and entertaining and there is some great homage payed to earlier Poirot books that provides a good sense of continuity and enjoyment. Overall this is a weaker Poirot story that will be less enjoyable to newcomers of the Poirot series but may still provide enjoyment to readers who are reading the Poirot books sequentially or to those who are hardcore Christie fans.

Jan 22, 2019

Completely an unpopular opinion but I liked this book. It had some jumping around but it was interesting. As much as we all love Poirot in the quiet English village investigation he is a retired investigator and what's to say he wouldn't get caught up in a more fantastical plot? I quite enjoyed it as it showed a desperate side of Hastings that we would not have seen so far in the Poirot series. As always Poirot is never daunted and one step of ahead of the bad guys finally at the end. He is thwarted many times but nevertheless persists. If you are however enjoying the English countryside, worried old ladies, and sinister gentleman skip this book.

bookfanatic1979 Jun 19, 2014

Far be it from me to argue mysteries with the Grand Dame herself but I think she went a little overboard in her attempts to prove that the Big Four were truly all-powerful. Toward the end I was distinctly underwhelmed when yet another seemingly unconnected case turned out to lead directly back to…gasp…the Big Four.

Nov 14, 2011

Bleah! This is the most preposterous plot that Christie has ever conceived. Four people create and control every disaster that happens in the world and Poirot and Hastings figure out who they are and start hunting them down. Several traps are set but do not catch the crooks until the final few pages of a very disappointing novel from such a great author.

Mar 12, 2011

Agatha Christie was a very uneven author. This is one of her most disappointing efforts. She cobbled it together at one of the lowest points in her life with the help of her brother in law by pulling together several short stories. It reads like a spoof of Sherlock Holmes with a little bit of James Bond thrown in for thrills. The Hercule Poirot you meet in this book is a two dimensional cardboard cutout of the character we Christie lovers have come to cherish. If you want to read a 'thriller' by Christie I recommend "Cat Among the Pigeons" or the "Tommy and Tuppence" series. Don't bother with "The Big Four."


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Jun 30, 2016

It is a mistake to under estimate your adversary - mon ami.

Jun 30, 2016

In some things they deceive themselves- tant mieux! They will learn in due time. Meanwhile we have learnt something and to know is to be prepared.

Jun 30, 2016

Mon ami - Where there is the Big Four, there is always danger.


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Jun 30, 2016

Hercule Poirot saves the world from the Big Four Super Villians. With faithful Hastings at his side, the duo outwit Number 1 Li Chang Yen - the second best mind in the world, Number 2 an American Businessman, Number 3 a French scientist and Number 4 a multi-disguised actor aka The Destroyer. The Big Four are for themselves only. Their aim is world domination. They spin deceitful webs which Poirot and Hastings have to navigate- not always coming out on top. There is intrigue, kidnapping, and of course murder. Pluses Hercule Poirot learns to play chess and seeing Hercules' twin brother in action. Short in length but action packed with many roadblocks to overcome.


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