The Best Hercule Poirot Novel – Round One

220px-DavidSuchet_-_PoirotJust spotted that I can do polls on the blog! How exciting.

NB: Voting is now over. Click here for the final round.

So I thought I’d survey the globe to find the finest outing for everyone’s favourite Belgian. Basic rules – I’ve chopped the 33 novels into four groups by chronological order – you get to vote for your favourite of each group with two going through to the grand final! Each round will last for a week, so vote now! Vote! Don’t worry about me stealing your information, it’s completely anonymous. So I can’t even track down anyone who votes for The Big Four…

Oh, I’ve removed the ability to check the results so far – makes it more fun! If you want a reminder about some of these books (only three of them, actually) then do take a look at my Agatha Christie bibliography.

By the way, if you want to vote for other things, pop over to Cross-Examining Crime to vote on your favourite Merrivale novel…

UPDATE: Round Two, Round Three and Round Four are up now – and they’re even trickier to call than this one.

UPDATE: Well, it’s been a week now since I posted the poll and it still seems to be running. I’ll let it run a bit longer and then see what happens…


  1. Thanks for the mention. Your first round of Poirot voting is certainly a difficult one as it has two of my favourite Poirot novels in – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and The Murder on the Orient Express. My brain literally went ‘arghhhhh’. But on reflection I decided to go with TMORA as the technical innovation in this novel is so sneaky and so good, it deserves to be put through to the next round.

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    • Just remembered to put an actual link to your post in. Whoops!

      And Orient Express? Really? Must re-read that, but it’s in the “massively over-rated” category for me at the moment…


      • Retrospectively I can see how the crime is not necessarily plausible but it was the early days of crime fiction reading and I just got into the setting and the characters.


  2. I was torn between Roger Ackroyd and Peril at End House, but went for Peril in the end. I think it’s one of the more under-rated of the books. Agree that Orient Express is over-rated – great premise, but the book gets very dull in the second half…


    • Not that I’m going to say how I voted but I completely agree with you. Peril may be a bit obvious – see the review – but it’s one of the books that got me hooked on Dame Agatha in the first place.

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  3. Orient Express was my second Christie and first Poirot, so it holds a special place in my heart – and yet I did not vote for it. Thank you for creating this poll, PD!


  4. Hmmm… I was tempted – but only momentarily – by ‘Orient Express’. But the top choice resonated rather loudly and clearly for me. 🙂


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