The Big Four by Agatha Christie

Framed in the doorway of Poirot’s bedroom stood an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man’s gaunt face stared for a moment, then he swayed and fell.

Who was he? Was he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what was the significance of the figure four, scribbled over and over again on a sheet of paper?

Poirot finds himself plunged into a world of international intrigue, risking his life to uncover the significance of ‘Number Four’.

This was quite different to all of the other Poirot books I have read. Instead of a specific crime or murder, Poirot is investigating an international gang known as ‘The Big Four’. It is narrated by Hastings, Poirot’s friend and protagonist of many of the books in the Poirot series.

The pair travel around England, and into Europe investigating and examining the clues in various crimes that have come to their attention that appear to be linked to The Big Four. Their main ambition is to catch ‘Number 4 – The Destroyer’ who they encounter on numerous occasions in various disguises. The events happen over a number of months and Poirot becomes increasingly obsessed with the idea of The Big Four and begins to see signs of them everywhere.

I can’t really say too much about the ending without giving it away, but it was gripping and kept you guessing until the end, although I am happy to say I worked out most of it before all was revealed. Even if you haven’t read any of the Poirot books, I would definitely recommend this one, as I would say it is currently up there as one of my favourites.

4/5

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