Hercule Poirot short stories and novellas by Agatha Christie


y648As a follow-up to my previous post A Reading Guide to Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot Mysteries (Novels and Short Stories) Revised 22/10/2018), please find below an up-to-date list of Poirot short story collections and novellas by Agatha Christie, which I hope you find it useful.

Poirot Short Story Collections:
This list includes only the Poirot stories in each of these collections.

  1. Poirot Investigates a short story collection first published in the UK by The Bodley Head in March 1924. It contain the following eleven stories: “The Adventure of the Western Star”; “The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor”; “The Adventure of the Cheap Flat”; “The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge”; “The Million Dollar Bond Robbery”; “The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb”; “The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan”; “The Kidnapped Prime Minister”; “The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim”; “The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman” and “The Case of the Missing Will”. The American version of this book, published by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1925, featured an additional three stories which did not appear in book form in the UK until 1974 with the publication of Poirot’s Early Cases: “The Chocolate Box”; “The Veiled Lady” and “The Lost Mine”.
  2. Murder in the Mews a short story collection first published in the UK by Collins Crime Club in March 1937. In the US, the book was published by Dodd, Mead and Company under the title Dead Man’s Mirror in June 1937 with one story missing (The Incredible Theft); the 1987 Berkeley Books edition of the same title has all four stories. All of the tales feature Hercule Poirot. The four short stories are: Murder in the Mews; The Incredible Theft; Dead Man’s Mirror, and Triangle at Rhodes.
  3. The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories a short story collection first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1939. Five of the stories feature Hercule Poirot (“The Mystery of the Bagdad Chest”, “How Does Your Garden Grow?” “Yellow Iris”, “The Dream”, “Problem at Sea”). The collection was not published in the UK and was the first time a Christie book was published in the US without a comparable publication in the UK; however all of the stories in the collection were published in later UK collections.
  4. The Labours of Hercules a short story collection first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1947 and in the UK by Collins Crime Club in September of the same year. The twelve stories are:The Nemean Lion”; “The Lernaean Hydra”; “The Arcadian Deer”; “The Erymanthian Boar”; “The Augean Stables”; “The Stymphalean Birds”; “The Cretan Bull”; “The Horses of Diomedes”; “The Girdle of Hippolyta”; “The Flock of Geryon”; “The Apples of Hesperides” and “The Capture of Cerberus”.
  5. The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories a short story collection first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1948.  Only the short story “The Second Gong” features Hercule Poirot.
  6. Three Blind Mice and Other Stories a short story collection first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1950. The later collections The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960), Poirot’s Early Cases(1974), Miss Marple’s Final Cases and Two Other Stories (1979), and Problem at Pollensa Bay (1992) reprint between them all the stories in this collection except the title story “Three Blind Mice”, an alternate version of the play The Mousetrap, and the only Christie short story not published in the UK. The stories featuring Poirot are “The Third Floor Flat”; “The Adventure of Johnny Waverly”; “Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds” and “The Love Detectives”.
  7. The Under Dog and Other Stories a short story collection first published in the United States by Dodd Mead and Company in 1951 comprising the following stories: “The Underdog”, “The Plymouth Express”, “The Affair at the Victory Ball”, “The Market Basing Mystery”, “The Lemesurier Inheritance”, “The Cornish Mystery”, “The King of Clubs”, “The Submarine Plans” and “The Adventure of the Clapham Cook”. All the stories were published in British and American magazines between 1923 and 1926. All of the stories, save the title story, were to appear again in 1974 in Poirot’s Early Cases.
  8. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding a collection of six short stories, five of which feature Hercule Poirot, first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in October 1960. It comprises: “The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding”, or “The Theft of the Royal Ruby”; “The Mystery of the Spanish Chest”; “The Under Dog”; “Four and Twenty Blackbirds” and “The Dream”. It was not published in the US although the stories it contains were published in other volumes there.
  9. Double Sin and Other Stories a short story collection first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1961. The collection contains eight short stories and was not published in the UK; however all of the stories were published in other UK collections. The titles are: “Double Sin”; “Wasp’s Nest”; “The Theft of the Royal Ruby” (aka “The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding”); “The Dressmaker’s Doll”; “Greenshaw’s Folly”; “The Double Clue”; “The Last Seance” and “Sanctuary”.
  10. Poirot’s Early Cases a short story collection first published in the UK by Collins Crime Club in September 1974. Although the stories contained within the volume had all appeared in previous US collections, the book also appeared there later in 1974 under the slightly different title of Hercule Poirot’s Early Cases. The eighteen short stories are: “The Affair at the Victory Ball”; “The Adventure of the Clapham Cook”; “The Cornish Mystery”; “The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly”; “The Double Clue”; “The King of Clubs”; “The Lemesurier Inheritance”; “The Lost Mine”; “The Plymouth Express”; “The Chocolate Box”; “The Submarine Plans”; “The Third Floor Flat”; “Double Sin”; “The Market Basing Mystery”; “Wasps’ Nest”; “The Veiled Lady”; “Problem at Sea” and “How Does Your Garden Grow?”
  11. Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories a short story collection published in the UK only in November 1991 by HarperCollins. It was not published in the US but all the stories contained within it had previously been published in American volumes. It contains three  stories with Hercule Poirot, “The Second Gong”, first published in issue 499 of the Strand Magazine in July 1932. It was the basis of the novella “Dead Man’s Mirror” in 1935. ”Yellow Iris”, first published in issue 559 of the Strand Magazine in July 1937. This story with Hercule Poirot was the basis of the novel Sparkling Cyanide, in which Poirot was replaced by Colonel Race and the plot was heavily altered. “The Regatta Mystery”, first published in issue 546 of the Strand Magazine in June 1936 under the title “Poirot and the Regatta Mystery”.  The story was later rewritten by Christie to change the detective from Hercule Poirot to Parker Pyne before its first book publication in the US in The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories in 1939. The publication in the Strand Magazine remained the only publication of the original version of the story in the UK until 2008, when it was included in the omnibus volume Hercule Poirot: the Complete Short Stories.
  12. The Harlequin Tea Set a short story collection first published in the US by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in April 1997. It contains nine short stories each of which involves a separate mystery. With the exception of The Harlequin Tea Set, which was published in the collection Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories, all stories were published in the UK in 1997 in the anthology While the Light Lasts and Other Stories.  “The Mystery of the Spanish Chest” is the only story featuring Hercule Poirot.
  13. While the Light Lasts and Other Stories a short story collection first published in the UK in August 1997 by HarperCollins. It contains nine short stories. In addition to detailed notes by Christie scholar Tony Medawar, the collection comprises the following Poirot stories: “Christmas Adventure” first published, unillustrated, in issue 1611 of The Sketch Magazine on 11 December 1923, later expanded into novella form under the title “The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding”and was printed as the title story in the 1960 UK collection The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding; and “The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest” first published in issue 493 of the Strand Magazine in January 1932. The story was later expanded into novella form and was printed as “The Mystery of the Spanish Chest” in the 1960 UK collection The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding.

Hercule Poirot: the Complete Short Stories

All (?) 51 Hercule Poirot short stories presented in chronological order in a single volume – plus a bonus story not seen for more than 70 years. Arranged in their original publication order were published in 1991 in the UK and in 1999 in the US. The latest editions include “Poirot and the Regatta Mystery”, an early version of an Agatha Christie story not published since 1936! The 51 short stories and novellas are:

  1. “The Affair at the Victory Ball” (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases), 1951
  2. “The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan” (short story from Poirot
    Investigates
    ), 1924

  3. “The King of Clubs” (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases), 1951
  4. “The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim” (short story from Poirot
    Investigates
    ), 1924

  5. “The Plymouth Express” 1939 (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases)
    expanded into the 1928 novel The Mystery of the Blue Train.

  6. “The Adventure of the ‘Western Star’” (short story from Poirot
    Investigates
    ), 1924

  7. “The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor” (short story from Poirot
    Investigates
    ), 1924

  8. “The Kidnapped Prime Minister” (short story from Poirot
    Investigates
    ), 1924
  9. “The Million Dollar Bond Robbery” (short story from Poirot Investigates), 1924
  10. “The Adventure of the Cheap Flat” (short story from Poirot Investigates), 1924
  11. “The Mystery of the Hunters Lodge” (short story from Poirot Investigates), 1924
  12. “The Chocolate Box” (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases), 1924
  13. “The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb” (short story from Poirot Investigates), 1924
  14. “The Veiled Lady” (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases), 1925
  15. “The Adventure of Johnny Waverly” (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases), 1950
  16. “The Market Basing Mystery” (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases) expanded into the 1937 novella “Murder In The Mews” It first appeared in book form the US collection The Under Dog and Other Stories in 1951. The story first appeared in book form in the UK in 1966 in the collection Thirteen for Luck!, but its first appearance in an Agatha Christie only collection was in 1974 in Poirot’s Early Cases.
  17. “The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman” (short story from Poirot Investigates), 1924
  18. “The Case of the Missing Will” (short story from Poirot Investigates), 1924
  19. “The Incredible Theft” (short story from Murder in the Mews) an expanded version of “The Submarine Plans”, which was serialised in six instalments in the Daily Express from April 1937, The Incredible Theft first appeared in the collection Murder in the Mews in the UK later that year, but was not published in the original US edition, 1937.
  20. “The Adventure of the Clapham Cook” (short story from Poirot’s Early
    Cases
    ), 1951

  21. “The Lost Mine” (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases), 1924
  22. “The Cornish Mystery” (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases), 1974
  23. “The Double Clue” (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases), 1961
  24. “The Theft of the Royal Ruby” “The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding” also published as “The Theft Of The Royal Ruby” (short story from The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding) an expanded version of “The Christmas Adventure”, 1960
  25. “The Lemesurier Inheritance” (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases), 1951
  26. “The Under Dog” (short story from The Adventure of the Christmas
    Pudding
    ), 1951
  27. “Double Sin” (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases), 1961
  28. “Wasp’s Nest” (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases), 1928
  29. “The Third Floor Flat” (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases), 1950
  30. The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest” published in US in The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories in 1939 and also in While the Light Lasts in 1997. It was expanded into the 1960 novella “The Mystery Of The Spanish Chest” (short story from The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories), 1960
  31. “Dead Man’s Mirror” 1937 (short story from Murder in the Mews) an expanded version of “The Second Gong” in Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories.
  32. “How Does Your Garden Grow?” 1939 (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases and The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories)
  33. “Problem at Sea” 1939 (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases and The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories)
  34. “Triangle at Rhodes” (short story from Murder in the Mews), 1936
  35. “Murder in the Mews” 1937 (short story from Murder in the Mews) an expanded version of “The Market Basing Mystery”.
  36. “Yellow Iris” 1937 (short story from The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories and Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories) was expanded into the 1945 novel Sparkling Cyanide featuring Col. John Race instead of Poirot.
  37. “The Dream” 1939 (short story from The Adventure of the Christmas
    Pudding
    and The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories).
  38. “The Labours of Hercules”
  39. “The Nemean Lion” (short story from The Labours of Hercules), 1947
  40. “The Lernaean Hydra” (short story from The Labours of Hercules), 1947
  41. “The Arcadian Deer” (short story from The Labours of Hercules), 1947
  42. “The Erymanthian Boar” (short story from The Labours of Hercules), 1947
  43. “The Augean Stables” (short story from The Labours of Hercules), 1947
  44. “The Stymphalean Birds” (short story from The Labours of Hercules), 1947
  45. “The Cretan Bull” (short story from The Labours of Hercules), 1947
  46. “The Horses of Diomedes” (short story from The Labours of Hercules), 1947
  47. “The Girdle of Hyppolita” (short story from The Labours of Hercules), 1947
  48. “The Flock of Geryon” (short story from The Labours of Hercules), 1947
  49. “The Apples of Hesperides” (short story from The Labours of Hercules), 1947
  50. “The Capture of Cerberus” (short story from The Labours of Hercules), 1947 (posthumous short story), originally intended to be the last of The Labours of Hercules but re-written due to its political content, 1947. Published in Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years
    of Mysteries in the Making
    (2009) by John
    Curran.
  51. “Four and Twenty Blackbirds” (short story from The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding), 1950

Posthumously published short stories and novellas

  1. “The Capture of Cerberus”, 1947 (posthumous short story), originally
    intended to be the last of The Labours of Hercules but re-written due
    to its political content. Published in Agatha Christie’s Secret
    Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making
    (2009) by John
    Curran.
  2. “Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly”, (posthumous novella) expanded into the 1956 novel Dead Man’s Folly. Published in 2013.
  3. “The Incident of the Dog’s Ball” (posthumous short story) expanded into the
    1937 novel Dumb Witness. Published in Agatha Christie’s Secret
    Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making
    (2009) by John
    Curran.

Expanded/Adapted stories

Some Poirot adventures were later expanded into other stories or re-written. They are:

  1. “The Plymouth Express” 1923 (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases) expanded into the 1928 novel The Mystery of the Blue Train.
  2. “The Market Basing Mystery” (short story from Poirot’s Early Cases) expanded into the 1937 novella “Murder In The Mews” It first appeared in book form the US collection The Under Dog and Other Stories in 1951. The story first appeared in book form in the UK in 1966 in the collection Thirteen for Luck!, but its first appearance in an Agatha Christie only collection was in 1974 in Poirot’s Early Cases.
  3. “The Submarine Plans” (1923 short story from Poirot’s Early Cases)was expanded into the 1937 novella “The Incredible Theft”.
  4. “Christmas Adventure” (1923 short story) expanded into the 1960 novella “The Adventure Of The Christmas Pudding”
  5. “The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest” (short story fromThe Adventure of the Christmas Pudding”1932) was expanded into the 1960 novella “The Mystery of the Spanish Chest”. (From The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories), 1960
  6. “The Second Gong” (1932 short story from Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories) expanded into the 1937 novella “Dead Man’s Mirror”.
  7. “Poirot and the Regatta Mystery” (1936 short story aka “The Regatta Mystery” was published in book form at The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories. The story was re-written in 1939 featuring Parker Pyne instead of Poirot, 1936.
  8. “Yellow Iris” 1937 (short story from The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories and Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories) was expanded into the 1945 novel Sparkling Cyanide featuring Col. John Race instead of Poirot.
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2 thoughts on “Hercule Poirot short stories and novellas by Agatha Christie

  1. What a very useful compilation, Jose Ignacio, and one that I’m sure will be used as reference by countless researchers. Many thanks!

    “The Incident of the Dog’s Ball”

    I’m assuming someone urgently advised Dame Agatha to change this title!

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