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


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. 1939
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'


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









Western Europe covers

Les travaux d'Hercule

French index

Le Masque (#912) 1966

Club des Masques (#70) 1969

Le Livre de Poche (#35019) 2005


Le écuries d'auglas

Le Masque (#913) 1966

Club des Masques (#72) 1969


Les douze travaux d'Hercule

Les oiseaux du lac Stymphale

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


Northern Europe covers

Hercules storverk

Swedish index

Hercule Poirots mesterstykker / Hercules' tolv arbejder

Danish index

Den nemeiske løve

Norwegian index

Poirot parhaimmillaan / Herkuleen urotyöt

Finnish index


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


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

کمربند هیپولیتا / دوازده خان هرکول

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

(Marathi) द लेबर्स ऑफ हर्क्युलस

හර්කියුලිස්ගේ රහස් පරික්ෂණ

Tugas-tugas Hercules / 12 tugas Terakhir Hercule Poirot

Indonesian index

พิชิตทรชน ⁄ คดีเอกของปัวโรต์ ⁄ เฮอร์คิวลีสพิชิตงาน

Thai index

Thám Tử Hercule Poirot Dịch giả

Vietnamese index

赫尔克里·波洛的丰功伟绩 / 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







Japanese index

헤라클레스의 모험

Korean index

other languages