The Labors of Hercules by Agatha Christie
Paperback, 272 pages
On the verge of retirement, Hercule Poirot can't resist the lure of a seemingly unsolvable series of recent crimes--from a lost Pekinese to a man driven mad by love to a gentleman poisoned by gossip.
I love short stories by Agatha Christie. While I enjoy her full length books, she tended to be pretty loose with Poirot's Belgian language which is confusing to this ignorant American. It's French, right? The short stories give me all the mystery I crave without trying to decipher what phrases such as a bientot and depechez vous mean. Most of the stories were entertaining, but a few you could really tell the outcome a well before the story ended.