The Labours of Hercules
To Edmund Cork
of whose labours on behalf of Hercule Poirot I am deeply appreciative this book is affectionately dedicated
UK
Collins, London, Sep. 1947
US
Dodd Mead, New York, 1947

Plot

In appearance Hercule Poirot hardly resembled an ancient Greek hero. Yet - reasoned the detective - like Hercules he had been responsible for ridding society of some of its most unpleasant monsters.
So, in the period before he retired, Poirot made up his mind to accept just twelve more cases: his self-imposed 'Labours'. Each would go down in the annals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.

Films & TV

The Labours of Hercules, ITV/UK, 2013
Agahta Christie's POIROT XIII

The Nemean Lion

Strand Magazine, Nov. 1940
a.k.a. 'The Case of the Kidnaped Pekinese', Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Sep. 1944
a.k.a. 'The Case of the Nemean Lion'
a.k.a. 'The Kidnaped Pekinese'

Characters

Hercule Poirot, Augustus, Captain Curtis, Amy Carnaby, Emily Carnaby, Thomas Carnaby, Miss Ellen Keble, Mrs. Samuelson, Jacob Samuelson, Shan Tung, Nanki Poo, Lady Julia Hartingfield, Mrs.Harte, Commander Blackleigh, Sir Joseph Hoggin, Lady (Milly) Hoggin, Miss Maltravers, Greta, Miss Lemon, George

The Lernean Hydra

Strand Magazine, Dec. 1939
a.k.a. 'The Invisible Enemy', This Week, Sep.3 1939
a.k.a. 'The Hydra of Lernea'
a.k.a. 'The Case of the Gossipers'

The Arcadian Deer

Strand Magazine, Jan. 1940
a.k.a. 'Vanishing Lady', This Week, May.19 1940

The Erymanthian Boar

Strand Magazine, Feb. 1940
a.k.a. 'Murder Mountain', This Week, May.5 1940
a.k.a. 'The Case of the Erymanthian Boar'

The Augean Stables

Strand Magazine, Mar. 1940

The Stymphalean Birds

Strand Magazine, Apr. 1940
a.k.a. 'The Vulture Women', This Week, Sep.17 1939
a.k.a. 'Birds of Ill Omen'
a.k.a. 'The Case of The Vulture Women'

The Cretan Bull

The Strand, May. 1940
a.k.a. 'Midnight Madness', This Week, Sep.24 1939
a.k.a. 'The Case of the Family Taint'

The Horses of Diomedes

Strand Magazine, Jun. 1940
a.k.a. 'The Case of the Drug Peddler', Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Jan. 1945

The Girdle of Hippolyta

Strand Magazine, Jul. 1940
a.k.a. 'The Disappearance of Winnie King', This Week, Sep.10 1939
a.k.a. 'The Case of the Missing Schoolgirl'

The Flock of Geryon

Strand Magazine, Aug. 1940
a.k.a. 'Weird Monster', This Week, May.26 1940

The Apples of the Hesperides

Strand Magazine, Sep. 1940
a.k.a. 'The Poison Cup', This Week, May.12 1940

The Caputure of Cerberus

a.k.a. 'Meet Me in Hell', This Week, Mar.16 1947
a.k.a. 'Case of the Capture of Cerberus'
a.k.a. 'Hercule Poirot in Hell'

UK/US covers

Collins / HarperCollins


Dodd,Mead


Dell


Penguin


Berkley


Pan


others


eBook


Audio


Western Europe covers

Les travaux d'Hercule

French index


Le écuries d'auglas


Les douze travaux d'Hercule


others


De werken van Hercules

Dutch index


Die ersten und die letzten Arbeiten des Herkules

German index

Die Arbeiten des Herkules


Die ersten und die letzten Arbeiten des Herkules


Die ersten Arbeiten des Herkules


Die letzten Arbeiten des Herkules


others


Northern Europe covers

Hercules storverk

Swedish index


Hercule Poirots mesterstykker / Hercules' tolv arbejder

Danish index


Den nemeiske løve

Norwegian index


Herkuleen urotyöt

Finnish index


Audio


Herkulese vägiteod

Estonian index


Herkula Puaro varoņdarbi


Herkulio žygdarbiai

Lithuanian index


Southern Europe covers

Le fatiche di Hercule

Italian index


Los trabajos de Hércules

Spanish index


Els treballs d'Hèrcules


Os Trabalhos de Hércules

Portuguese index


Οι άθλοι του Ηρακλέους / Οι περιπέτειες του Ηρακλή Πουαρό

Greek index


Херкулови задаци / Herkulovi zadaci

former Yugoslavia index


Herkulovi podvizi

former Yugoslavia index


Herkulovi podvigi

former Yugoslavia index


Herkulovi podvizi

former Yugoslavia index

Eastern Europe covers

Herkulove úlohy


Herkulovské úkoly pro Hercula Poirota

Czech index


Audio


Hercules munkái

Hungarian index


Подвизите на Еркюл

Bulgarian index


Dwanaście prac Herkulesa

Polish index


Muncile lui Hercule

Romanian index


Подвиги Геракла

Подвиги Геракла / Труды Геркулса

Russian index


Middle East & Asian covers

Hercule'ün On İki Görevi

Turkish index


מסתרי התריסר האחרון

Hebrew index


اعمال هرقل

Arabic index


دوازده خان هرکول

A.P. = anno Persico (Persian year); Persian index


(Marathi) द लेबर्स ऑफ हर्क्युलस


Tugas-tugas Hercules

Indonesian index


พิชิตทรชน ⁄ คดีเอกของปัวโรต์ ⁄ เฮอร์คิวลีสพิชิตงาน

Thai index


Thám Tử Hercule Poirot Dịch giả

Vietnamese index


大侦探十二奇案 / 赫拉克雷斯的冒險 / 赫尔克里的丰功伟绩 / 赫丘勒的十二道任務

Chinese index

大侦探十二奇案


赫拉克雷斯的冒險


赫尔克里的丰功伟绩


赫丘勒的十二道任務


ヘラクレスの冒険

Japanese index


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