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The Labours of Hercules.

THE LABOURS OF HERCULES. Agatha Christie. 1947/2004. Performed by Hugh Fraser. 7 cds. 8.75 hrs. Audio Partners. 1-57270-457-8. $31.95. Cardboard, plastic; content notes. JSA

Hercule Poirot, everyone's favorite fastidious chocoholic Belgian detective, appears here in a dozen unrelated brain twisters of the sort that have made Christie and her sleuth immortal. Poirot analogizes each of these conundrums to a labor of another legend, Hercules. Sometimes the correlation makes more sense to the great detective than it does to his acquaintances or to the reader, but this is no surprise. Poirot's great mind functions on a plane all its own: he does not solve his cases so much as be confirms his own assured logic and instincts, leaving his readers scrambling to second guess his almost psychic ability to ferret out felons. They rarely catch up, though once Poirot explains each case, everything always seems so simple.

Fraser, who has portrayed Poirot's devoted sidekick, Hastings, on television and who is a seasoned audio reader of numerous Christie mysteries, differentiates the characters and is an intelligent, amiable Poirot. Francine Levitov, New York, NY
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Author:Levitov, Francine
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