Poirot Investigates' is a collection of eleven short stories involving the famed eccentric detective; first there was the mystery of the film star and the diamond... then came the 'suicide' that was murder... the mystery of the absurdly chaep flat... a suspicious death in a locked gun-room... a million dollar bond robbery... the curse of a pharoah's tomb... a jewel robbery by the sea... the abduction of a Prime Minister... the disappearance of a banker... a phone call from a dying man... and finally, the mystery of the missing will. Hercule Poirot is one of Agatha Christie's most famous and long-running characters. Relying on his 'little grey cells' to solve crimes, he is notably meticulous in his personal habits and his professional methodology. He appears in Christie's first novel, 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles', and in dozens of subsequent books, including some of Christie's best-loved works, such as 'Murder on the Orient Express' and 'Death on the Nile'. Poirot is most things that the conventional sleuth is not. He is witty, gallant, transparently vain, and the adroitness with which he solves a mystery has more of the manner of the prestidigitator than of the cold-blooded, relentless tracker-down of crime of most detective stories.