Monday, December 12, 2016

Poirot and Me By David Suchet

Review by Lorie Lewis Ham

I have been a fan of Agatha Christie ever since I was a teenager. Her books were among the first mysteries I ever read. And while I love all of her main characters, I have always had a special place in my heart for Hercule Poirot--he is just so different from most of the other private detectives in mystery fiction.

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When I discovered David Suchet's portrayal of Poirot on PBS' Masterpiece Mystery, I grew to love the character even more and have followed Suchet's portrayal through the years until the end just a couple of years ago. When I found the book Poirot and Me, I HAD to read it. In this book David shares how he came to play the Belgium detective, the lengths that he went through to make sure that his portrayal was accurate, and the adventures along the way that lasted over 20 years. He shares about it all--from how he discovered the walk and talk to what he wore, down to that funny little mustache. You also learn about many of the intimate details from behind the scenes of the show, and from other parts of David's life, as well, and how they were affected by this role.

I now love Poirot and David Suchet even more! He is an absolutely brilliant actor, and I can't ever watch any of the past Poirots ever again. David Suchet IS Hercule Poirot. He managed to portray him in every one of Agatha Christie's Poirot stories, all the way to the final one, “Curtain.”

If you are an Agatha Christie fan, and especially a Poirot fan, you have to read this book!


  1. Poirot wasn't one of my favorites but I had heard what lengths he went to developing the character. Maybe I need to go back and look at the series again as it's been decades since I watched any. Sounds like a good book.

  2. I've been an Agatha Christie fan since I was a teenager, too. I've read every one of her books, some twice. I've read every play, and I've even read the psychological romances that she wrote as Mary Westmacott. I went to see a performance of "The Mouse Trap" when I was in London. Fantastic! I was also a member of the Agatha Christie Society for many years. Unfortunately it no long exists. Too bad, because it was great.