You're probably wondering who on earth is this Hercule Poirot. But let me tell you this: Agatha Christie fans would be asking the former question ( the title of this post ). He is -
1. A private detective.
2. An old man obsessed with order and symmetry.
3. A brilliant psychologist.
4. A Santa Claus version ( rounder ! ) of Sherlock Holmes.
1. Egg shaped head.
2. Handlebar mustache.
3. Frequent user of his "little grey cells."
4. Indulgent eater.
Though physically a contrast to the tall and lean Sherlock, Poirot's wits are no lesser. Agatha Christie , the creator herself, found Poirot "insufferable", and she felt that he was a "detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep". But the public love Poirot in spite of his quirks. Admittedly, the inspiration for this character was Sherlock. In fact, Poirot has an accomplice Captain Hastings ( similar to Dr. Watson ) who is also constantly annoyed by Poirot's mysterious ways.
Here's the complete list of Poirot novels for those who'd like to know more about his ways and methods. Each and every case is bound to keep you absorbed, guessing, and never failing to quite surprise at the end.
There have been a few shows portraying the cases solved by the little Belgian detective on the TV, but I wish there were new movies being made on him too. There may not be action packed scenes, but there would be no shortage of suspense and humor. ( for some reason, Alfred Hitchcock keeps popping up in my mind as the sort of director who would do such films! )
The world needs another jolly detective. Agree ? :-)