Sherlock Holmes vs. Hercule Poirot

The most famous fictional detectives in the world: Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) vs. Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie)

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  1. Leeroy [2] argued:
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    Lets put it this way, to end all discussion (everything else aside, because it does not compare to this):
    Poirot doesn’t officially solve the crime to a tee, He comes up with ridiculous theories with all the ‘suspects’ rounded up at the end of the story. He’ll state his case, which is almost always -terribly- off, ergo, accusing the wrong person of the crime. This, in turn, ends up riling up some absurd commentary between said suspects. This commentary ends up shedding some light that Poirot’s pompous, cocky personality could not have possibly deduced. In the end, the perpetrator and others in question, manage to solve the crime -for- Poirot. The facts unravel and evolve, and Poirot uses this to his advantage to paint a false image that -he- solved the crime, when he merely stumbled to the conclusion. I could go on about plot holes and hiccups in character development, but the facts I stated alone takes the cake! Holmes is superior, fact.

  2. Glenn Johansson [1] argued:

    In comparison Sherlock holmes has a greater skill in solving crimes. His ability to tell an individual’s past merely by observing appearance and clothing is an ability which Poirot lacks. But still the pure quality of the Agatha Christie Poirot books are obviously superior.

  3. Lindy [1] argued:
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    Poirot decides the answer and then has to go back and find the evidence for it whereas Sherlock Holmes actually goes about a case in a logical and methodical manner to solve it- as any proper detective would. *With full disclosure, I greatly enjoy reading both, but Sherlock Holmes is far superior.

  4. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    CAME BACK TO CLARIFY – If you say HP is smarter than SH because SH needs evidences but HP doesn’t need them, I would say SH is smarter than HP because HP needs people, but SH doesn’t need them !!I was talking about the very first SG case – A STUDY IN SCARLET !! All SH has is a corpse inside a locked house. Now, Vangrab, YOU tell me, what would HP do in a case like this. . .?!

  5. Murali N. [2] argued:
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    Vangrab,
    If you say HP is smarter than SH because SH needs evidences but HP doesn’t need them, I would say SH is smarter than HP because HP needs people, but SH doesn’t need them !!

    I have already answered your points regarding Stephen Norton. Are these newspaper bits not clues enough for you ?? What do you mean he detects only when there are evidences ???? Tell me…., can you even do something without leaving a shred of evidence ?? Just think through and you will realise that it is simply not practically possible. ESPECIALLY in the fervour of committing a crime, you would definitely leave back SOME pointer. After all, it is not as though a murderer walks out of a swimming pool with a blood dripping knife and all SH has to come and do is to follow the blood trail into some unused cellar and nab the murderer by the neck. A lot of keen observation and quick reasoning is required to do what SH does. Very often, he uses lenses, let’s not forget that ! What more – as though foreseeing a question from future readers ‘how come no marks get obliterated till long after the crime is done ?’, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gives us to understand that the official police often guard the crime scene till SH finishes his investigation. So, AC’s detectives way of saying “there are no marks / clues” is very superficial.

    Also, your saying that SH deals with only one suspect is also meaningless. Actually, it is the advantage of using forensics as against your ‘psychological evidences’. When you go by forensic clues, you directly get at the criminal; you need not break your head weighing the intensity of “motives” to judge the veracity of individual testimonies.

    Incidentally interestingly, NO ONE [including you] has been able to convincingly answer this point of mine – ’ HP’s way of ‘reconstructing the crime’ is suitable in only those situations when the perpetrator of the act is within some confinement where the investigation is going on like plane, ship, library railway coach etc. Notice that AC’s detectives are often found saying “We have only [some character]’s word for [something].” to [at least partially] imply that the statement might be a lie. Now tell me, doesn’t this assume that the affair under investigation / aspect of the case begging explanation would involve only those inside the confinement ? But, is this “necessary” ? Can there NEVER be a situation where the inmates are all innocent of the act ?

    One another interesting point of mine no one has been able to answer is – if psychology is better suited for hunting down criminals, why would you say HP hardly ever PREVENTED murders ?? Very often, HP is summoned by people who fear their lives to be in danger. What is he able to do for them ???? These forensic clues, which SH looks for and reasons from, are supposedly obtained only AFTER an act has been done; and yet, SH prevents crimes often !! Now, isn’t that an additional feather in SH’s cap ????

    And, to conclude THIS post, who said SH doesn’t employ psychology ?? Just see how he elicits info from the goose store in THE BLUE CARBUNCLE, how he detects Killer Evans in THE THREE GARRIDEBS and how he traces the whereabouts of some photographs in A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA. The point is the psychology element in SH’s style of investigation is extremely subtle PLUS he so ‘logically’ explains what he had meant to do and how successful he was immediately afterwards that it is not easily evident – that ‘s all !!

  6. Cassandra [2] argued:
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    Holmes FTW, not just cause I love his series. He works SO WELL with Dr Watson and works quicker than Poirot! Besides he takes cocaine because it’s a stimulant and hes sick of society sometimes, aren’t we all? Besides Hastings sometimes DOESN’T EVEN APPEAR in his book, which shows that he is more of a sidekick than a partner, unlike Watson.

  7. Cassandra [2] argued:
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    Holmes FTW, not just cause I love his series. He works SO WELL with Dr Watson and works quicker than Poirot!

  8. aquamarine [1] argued:
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    Hasn’t anyone noticed the poirot stories are so often blatant plagiarism of sherlock holmes stories? ?? I came across this site bc i finallu googled “agatha christie plagiarized sherlock holmes” yet there’s nothing on the web about that…so many of the short stories are totally plagiarized in terms of he basic plots. Was this intentional?

  9. Jirka Holman [2] argued:
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    Columbo is better than Holmes and Holmes is better than Poirot!!!

  10. Jirka Holman [2] argued:
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    I think the greatest detective ever created is Lieutenant Columbo!But out of these two?Sherlock Holmes without the doubt.Because Hercule Poirot most often even doesnt explain how he solved the case.He just says how it is, but there is most often zeno explenatuions.
    So Sherlock Holmes is much better detective, you always know, how he solved the case.

  11. Murali N. [2] argued:
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    Vangrab,
    I guess you would agree with me when I say ‘a detective’s method of operation must be suitable for nabbing the criminal WHOever he is AND WHEREver he is !’ HP’s way of ‘reconstructing the crime’ is suitable in only those situations when the perpetrator of the act is within the confinement where the investigation is going on. AC’s detectives are often found saying “We have only [some character]’s word for [something].” to [at least partially] imply that the statement could be a lie. Now tell me, doesn’t this assume that the affair under investigation / begging explanation would involve only those inside the confinement ? But, is this “necessary” ? Can there never be a situation where the inmates are all innocent of the act ? Whereas, what does SH do ? He traces the movements of all the characters accurately and puts the findings to them. This forces the perpetrator of the criminal act to confess. In cases like ‘Curtain’, SH perhaps wouldn’t have detected the psychological element involved in the affair, but I can assure you that he wouldn’t have waited for so many murders to occur – even after the very first, he would have traced the murderer and THROUGH THE CONFESSION, THE INSTIGATION INVOLVED WOULD HAVE GOT EXPOSED !!!!!!

    To say ‘in SH plots, there is only one suspect’ is unacceptable. When you approach an incident based on the forensic clues you get from the scene, you directly get to see only what had happened – no need to clutch your hair with conflicting testimonies !

    Read ALL my previous posts to understand my points better and answer me relevantly.

  12. no name [2] argued:
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    Ofcourse holmes use of observation and deduction is unmatchable and is the basis of modern crim detectives. Perhaps there would be no poirot without holmes.

  13. Bhanuprakash [1] argued:
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    Sherlock is by far superior in detection. There is more masala in Agatha Christies works but detection part is shabby. So Sherlock is way ahead of Poirot.

  14. FlixP [1] argued:
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    Holmes came before Poirot

  15. St Baker [1] argued:
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    Martial arts, chemistry, disguising, better sleuthing.

  16. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Holmes is better poirot’s stories are all the same & the character is not as likeable as Holmes and he solves mysteries easier

  17. Tapas [1] argued:
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    Well, to sum it up all, AC herself had admitted that she copied few if not many aspects of Sherlock.

  18. Jack [1] argued:
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    Because Sherlock is smarter than poirot

  19. ayyas [1] argued:
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    Becausu Holmes is amazing

  20. Uday Kanungo [1] argued:
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    Sherlock is better at deduction, while Poirot is a just a normal character who helps solves the mystery as the story goes on. Sherlock lends more to the story than poirot, and the epic way he is sketched by Doyle is exemplary. Some Poirot-lovers are just like:-“Oh, but Sherlock is not human, he doesn’t love, he has nicotine patches etc.” But that is why he is a unique character.

  21. vaibhav singh [2] argued:
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    the cases that Sherlock are very complicated…but still he thinks them as elementary…but if the cases that sherlock solves are given to poirot…he will do nothing….well…he can do nothing…

  22. vaibhav singh [2] argued:
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    sherlock is the best…….suck off you poirot lovers….sherlock is best because of his awesome deductions….poirot is shit…he just talks and talks and talks….but sherlock solves the case in the half way….the rest is to just get the criminal…poirot is a detective like any other….but sherlock is different…his abilities….he is different…and AWESOME…go to hell you poiroters…!!!

  23. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Sherlock is a much more complex character in my opinion. Also Sherlock has Watson an epic bromance vs Poirot and Hastings…..

  24. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    HOLMES IS BETTER BECAUSE HE STUDIED SUBJECTS INCLUDED IN A FORENSIC SCIENCE CURRICULUM.
    ALSO AGATHA CHRISTIE COPIED MOST OF DOYLE.

  25. Murali [3] argued:
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    I am answering the one who posted something here on 20th Sept, 2012: You seem to have missed my argument completely. You are saying: olmes keeps all the cards under his sleeves. In Poirot, most of the information is available to the reader, but in spite of that no possible solution seems clear. And then Poirot shows how every fact falls together. It’s an extraordinary puzzle involving logic, psychology and sheer creative intelligence.

    I repeat myself – N HOW MANY AGATHA CHRISTIE STORIES YOU ARE ABLE TO STOP READING THE STORY SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE & SAY with conviction THAT (THIS) IS WHAT THE DETECTIVE HAS FOUND OUT SO FAR. (THESE) CHARACTERS ARE ABOVE SUSPICION, (THIS) CHARACTER IS BEING SUSPECTED B’COZ OF (THIS) REASON / CLUE ? That is, CAN YOU EVER SAY when POIROT / MARPLE OR WHOEVER FOUND which ASPECT OF THE CASE ?? You just keep reading page after page after page without knowing where things are heading and suddenly, the “truth” is revealed all at once. It is as though, the author herself felt tired of rambling for so many pages – she could have rambled more if she had wanted to – and so “condescends” to give the solution to the reader ! ( Even then, only how / why the murder was done and NOT HOW IT WAS FOUND OUT like who was suspected when and why, what was noticed, whether the suspicion was confirmed / allayed, etc. are not told whereas Sherlock Holmes explains the whole investigation process right from the moment he was given to investigate till the final solution).

    To continue in the same vein, I would like to ask you (or,for that matter, anyone else who voices similar views): why on earth do YOU want to solve the case ?? To test your detective / observation skills, you always have games like “you be detective”, “treasure hunt”, “murder hunt”, “spot 10 differences between the pictures”, etc.
    Agatha Christie is supposed to be a detective story writer. so, her purpose is (or rather, ought to have been) only to “entertain” the readers with her stories and not “mystify” them with her characters !! This entertainment is best provided by showing how “clever” the criminals were but not just clever enough to fool the detective she created. Why toy with the readers’ intelligence ???

    Another point of mine you seem to have missed is: A good detective should employ a method of solving cases which would help you irrespective of whether the perpetrator is within the confinement where the investigation is going on or outside it. HP’s keywords “psychology of crime”, “motives”, “human nature” and what not work (as “brilliantly” as they do for him) only if the perpetrator is inside the confinement. If he is at large, (which is NEVER the case in AC books), all his “methods” would be in a soup for sure !!

    HP may seem more “humane” and “approachable” as a next street hairdresser as opposed to SH who is more cold and impersonal. But then, REMEMBER THAT WE ARE NOT COMPARING THE TWO AS PEOPLE HERE. WE ARE DEBATING WHOSE DETECTIVE SKILLS / METHODS ARE BETTER AND HOW. So, answer THAT !! Thus, forget the moustaches , neatly pressed clothes, polished shoes and all that crap ! Now speak . . . !!

  26. HolmesForever [1] argued:
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    222 movies have been made on Holmes.He was inducted into the Royal Society Of Chemists on Oct 16,2002.Holmes has a museum dedicaed to him.and anyone who has read both the detective will find christie copied a lot from holmes.

  27. eshayzvbmate [1] argued:
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    Sherlock is better, because hes such a more interesting character, although i do enjoy Hercule’ mustache.

  28. MatJangkrik [1] argued:
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    Sherlock always a humble being, he enjoy the mistery and fear, he relay on his brain and experience to solve the riddle but finish the case with heart.

    With no intend to be rude, but i despise an old man who overestimate himself to be no.1 detective

    😀

  29. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    just to go above

  30. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    the original

  31. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    the master.

  32. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    also in London in baker street there is a huge museum for shrlock holmes and also statue build in there just for sherlock holmes .sherlock holmes will never be disappointed sherlock holmes is the best of them all .”When a man embarks upon a crime he is morally guilty of any other crime which may spring from it. another .the criminal who capable of such a thought whom ill be proud to do business with.

  33. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Holmes is the best of them all and mr hercule Poirot is like any detective at this century solving a case but it is different with Holmes and also sherlock holmes said many things in real life is important but mr poirot didnt.”listen at this when you have excluded the imposible whatever remains however improbable must be the truth” and also many things i cant remember open this website and look who is the best http://tanmaykm.tripod.com/lit.....uotes.html

  34. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    sherlock holmes is the best detective of them all his intelligence his manner and attitude is fantastic ilove his deduction

  35. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Sherlock is the best.In many case Christie just winds up the story in an awkward manner and HP is without any clue to charge the criminal.When Hastings asked him if he had ever failed Poirot admits that he had failed innumerable times(THE CLUE OF THE CHOCOLATE BOX)and in many cases other detectives had solved the cases before he could.Speaking of methods I think on the contrary Holmes is much more organized as he keeps records of criminals (see THE MAZARIN STONE) He also faces formidable foes. He single handedly ( if you ignore the little help from the police and Mycroft)eliminated Moriarty’s gang. Holmes dueled with master criminals outthought the best of brains and always remained mild mannered.He never took credit at the cost of others.Although Poirot too followed some of his tactics He always boasted of having the best brain in the whole of Europe(see CHOCOLATE BOX).I have grown up listening to Holmes but I had never heard of Poirot until two years ago.So popularity advantage to Holmes. Poirot never faced an enemy like Moriarty and only ran errands for common people and caught petty thieves and hopeless criminals. Holmes All the way.
    Let the debate end here.

    Anirban

  36. Vieno Luminen [1] argued:
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    Not only is he a more sympathetic character, but his (mis)adventures are THE ORIGINAL mystery adventures, of which other mysteries draw at least some influence. In fact, no disprespect to Poirot, but his novels actually say that he’s the most famous detective “SINCE SHERLOCK HOLMES”… so…
    Ahem, anyways, Holmes is also a more complex character, being an arrogant jerk, despite being incredibly clever. But, he’s still a gentleman, and don’t even forget the deductive reasoning, which is the main reason for this character’s fame(infamy… just kidding). Thus, Holmes is the greater character.

  37. MURALI [3] argued:
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    Here is somewhat a continuation of what I was saying. . .

    Hercule Poirot keeps harping “order and method” all the time. But tell me dear Christie fans, what exactly does he do in an “orderly” and “methodical” way ? He presses his clothes, folds the newspaper, arranges flowers in vases, wears his tie, etc. in a neat methodical fashion. But then, my dears, he is supposed to be a “detective”. Is he any orderly and methodical in his profession ?? Sherlock Holmes is shabby in his appearance but EXTREMELY methodical in his profession and isn’t this what is more important ?? If you are not able to understand what exactly I mean, let me ask bluntly like this: (Answer honestly) IN HOW MANY AGATHA CHRISTIE STORIES YOU ARE ABLE TO STOP READING THE STORY SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE & SAY with conviction THAT (THIS) IS WHAT THE DETECTIVE HAS FOUND OUT SO FAR. (THESE) CHARACTERS ARE ABOVE SUSPICION, (THIS) CHARACTER IS BEING SUSPECTED B’COZ OF (THIS) REASON / CLUE ? That is, CAN YOU EVER SAY when POIROT / MARPLE OR WHOEVER FOUND which ASPECT OF THE CASE ?? You just keep reading page after page after page without knowing where things are heading and suddenly, the “truth” is revealed all at once. It is as though, the author herself felt tired of rambling for so many pages – she could have rambled more if she had wanted to – and so “condescends” to give the solution to the reader ! ( Even then, only how / why the murder was done and NOT HOW IT WAS FOUND OUT like who was suspected when and why, what was noticed, whether the suspicion was confirmed / allayed, etc. are not told whereas Sherlock Holmes explains the whole investigation process right from the moment he was given to investigate till the final solution).

    Another, but perhaps minor, point is HP is very fickle. In one story, he would say, “People don’t change” and in another, he would say “people change”. If you look at the context when he makes these statements, both will appeal as “correct” – I mean, he himself doesn’t have any particular approach value to life and says whatever is conveneint to the particular plot of the story !One another such inconsistency is his looking at a lone testimony about something. While very often, he “suspects” it saying “I have only your workd for it”, there are instances when Hastings points it to Poirot, Poirot asks, “But why should he lie ?” However, SH is consistent in his approach to all his investigative endeavours.

    Would come back to continue later . . .

  38. MURALI [3] argued:
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    Sherlock Holmes is definitely better than Hercule Poirot in ways more than one. I will try and explain some here.

    Firstly, I would say that it is SH who “reasons” while HP merely “feels” though he claims he “thinks”. Notice that HP uses “I was not satisfied”, “it didn’t ring true”, “it strucke me as rather odd”, and some such similar phrases to express his suspicions. I mean to say that there is no actual incongruity which HP notices to set him suspecting, whereas SH clearly explains what the culprit had wanted him to think and where exactly he gave himself away !! Even granting that you can’t be “logical” all the time and you DO have hunches at times, you find that he doesn’t actively pursue his suspicions. I mean – he suspected some character and did what after that – tapped his / her phone ? followed him / her to identify who he / she is meeting or what he is doing secretly ? intercepted his / her letters ? overheard any conversations from outside the door / window ? Nothing of the kind ever happens. HP’s saying that he suspected some character, thus, serves only to brainwash the reader to make him beleive that he isdeed is guilty !! That is, after you know who the murderer is, if you re read the book and look at his / her actions and/or words, they MAY give you to “feel” he / she is hiding something or evading some question or something like it – pure verbal trickery- that’s Agatha Christie for you !! (How else will you explain Poirot’s sudden absence from some scenes, but later using the “clues” from these scenes in his conclusions ???) In fact, the element of “mystery” in her stories is achieved only through this and not because of any genuinely unusual sequence of events like what SH had investigated and explained !!

    Secondly, I would say that the method of investigation used by a detective should be suitable for identifying the perpretator whoever is and WHEREVER he is at the momnent ! SH scores over HP again here. HP’s way of “reconstructing the crime” is suitable ONLY when the perpetrator is within the confinement – be it a house, plane, ship, library, plane, railway coach, or anything. If the criminal is an outsider (as is more often the case in SH adventures,) Poirot would be in a soup for sure !! Notice that whenever Poirot needs to do something out of the household, like doing background check, gathering info, tracing people, there is always someone ready with the same on a platter for Poirot.(I OFTEN WONDER HOW AGATHA CHRISTIE FANS NEVER REALISED THIS !!) To ONLY conveniently direct the suspicion back to those inside the confined area, HP asks seemingly “logical” questions like “whose word do we have for it that there was a man in the corridor ? (Mystery of the Blue Train), “what evidence do we have for it that it was left in the draw last Friday ? (The Submarine Plans), etc.

    Another really annoying point is her way of showing tangible clues cannot help a detective much. Either it is too contrived or it is too superficial !! I feel that it is a direct insult to Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes ! And the best thing is HP has indeed used tangible clues (The Big Four) but doesn’t have the moral courage to accept the same !

    Psychology, if you ask me , can be used in a milder sense to elicit some info which the character would conceal consciously (like how SH does in “The Blue Carbuncle”). I mean you have to use your psychological skills with people about the village or locality to collect info about some pasts or secret info about some character.they should not be alarmed that you are a detective and you are spying for some info. With those inside the house, direct questioning can easily be employed to a far greater degree than what HP does.

    MANY MORE POINTS ARE THERE –

    BUT LET ME CONCLUDE WITH THIS QUESTION TO ALL AGATHA CHRISTIE FANS !!

    Why should Agatha Christie be called a “mystery” writer ? She is a “crime” writer or more specifically a “murder” wirter. “Murder” is such a commonplace crime that the moment you utter the word “crime”, it is murder that strikes you first. So, what’s “mysterious” about it ? Murder is, at the most, “unexpected” !! A “mystery” is some very unusual peculiar incident awaiting explanation by the detective (ex. Noble Bachelor, Red-headed league {and many more} – SH, !!

  39. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Sherlock Holmes always gave readers a fair chance, but Poirot purposely put down clues to make us come to the wrong conclusion. Often, he clues all point to one person, without any serious opposition, but Poirot still reveals it to be someone else

  40. Anchit [1] argued:
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    Holmes doesn’t feels bloated all the time (unlike Piorot) and none of his stories end up anti-climatic (Piorot’s are usually quite anti-climatic) .
    Oh , and no irritating accent for Holmes .

  41. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Everything from his science of deduction (really induction) to his breadth and depth of knowledge in chemistry illustrates his superiority.

    That and I’ve never cared for Agatha Christie, to be honest.

  42. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Holmes (England) is the 1st and Poirot(Belgia) is 2nd,…Shinichi Kudo a.k.a conan edogawa (Japan) is the last, follower of both detective

  43. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Holmes is very polite,humble and very intelligent…
    His chemistry with watson is fantastic…
    He is undoubtedly the better amongst the 2,isnt it elementary, my dears???

  44. Sherlock Holmes [1] argued:
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    Just read the hound of the Baskervilles by doyle and i bet Poirot lovers will change their mind

  45. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Doyle is better

  46. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Best dectective fiction ever provided

  47. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    SH is best, he’s influential and has a very interesting character. Thumbs up to Doyle and SH

  48. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    I think Sherlock Holmes is better, because I heard of it more.

  49. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    The Poirot stories are very general, cookie-cutter type stories. They are all cliche whodunits. They attempt to make up for unoriginality with intricacy. They are over-elaborate to make up for a lack of plot where Sherlock Holmes’ stories are very original and just complex enough to be believable and not so overly-entangled as to be an obvious fabrication. They are simply not believable, whereas Sherlock Holmes’ stories are perfectly explained and believable. So much so that people are surprised to hear that he wasn’t a real person. Everyone knows that Poirot was fictitious, but some think Holmes was a real person. He even gets letters!

  50. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    The Sherlock Holmes stories are original. In fact, they are THE original. Poirot, however entertaining, is a series of simple whodunits that are solved by a slightly clever egoist. None have ever surprised or baffled me. I’m sorry, Poirot, but commonplace deductive skills and a mustache do not a great detective make. There is a reason Sherlock Holmes’ methods are still studied today and his stories have never been out of print. He holds the record for being the most portrayed character in television and film with 75 actors and over 211 films. He is, simply the first and the best. Poirot could never stand a chance against him for the simple reason that he had more singular and fascinating creator. To me, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will always be the greater man behind the greatest man who never lived. But I digress. Some have accused Holmes’ stories of being to stuffy and boring; perhaps he is to those who can’t appreciate the subtlety of Sir Doyle’s humor, but they are quite charming and humorous to those who have read and understood them. Dear, I’ve written a lot! And sounded like a right ladida. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate M. Poirot, I just don’t believe he was better than Sherlock Holmes. He could have learned a lesson or two from him, (namely in humility) had he had the right kind of mind. I have a certain affection for the little Belgian, but Sherlock Holmes will forever be etched into my brain as well as in my heart. Funny how someone so devoid of emotion can invoke it so deeply in others.

  51. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    if you think holmes is boring and has no personality, watch jeremy brett in action!

  52. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    if you think Holmes is a boring character, please watch jeremy brett in action!

  53. Neelanjan [1] argued:
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    he was best is best will be best because he has true character of a detective no emotions just intelligence will always be the winner if a competition is held b/w poirot and holmes, holmes will solve the case in seconnd while poirot(sucker) will not be able to even complete this case

  54. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Sherlock is a very interesting character! He knows what he does and he investigates with his own eyes… I think Poirot very “unreal” because he investigates only with words! If there is something that Inspector Japp doesn’t see, but it’s essential to the case, Poirot would be in bad hands!

  55. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Columbo is the best.

  56. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Holmes,he deduces better from little details,i thing his method is right for solving mysteries or just show brilliance,Poirot doesnt reveal how he figured it out.

  57. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    See’s things and deduces things Poirot would simply miss.

  58. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    sherlock holmes is the best poirot sucks.Only reason why poirot is popular is that americans always like their own version of everything to be better than england’s for example saying that metallica is better than iron maiden poirot is better then sherlock holmes, i am sure if arthur conan doyle was american everyone would have sided with sherlock holmes.poirot’s books are ridiculous for example the one where the murderers turn out to be all the passengers of orient express or the one where the murderer turns out to be a little girl, its obvious sherlock holmes is the best its obvious

  59. Earlofthercs [1] argued:
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    Because he’s the originator and more well rounded as a detective (forensics, footwork, evidence) and the crimes are grittier and less self-consciously `mysterious’.

  60. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Sherlock Holmes stories draw you in more, and he continues to excite to this day

  61. vamsi mohana [1] argued:
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    sherlock holmes has logic and intelligence that impresses all
    the complications in his charecter just make the whole thing better
    its sad that it came to an end

  62. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Sherlock Holmes is a more intreasting character than Poirot, and also the first sucessfull fictional detective. Nearly everyone knows Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr Watson, while not many knows Poirot and Hastings. Hastings aren’t much mentioned as Dr Watson in the books and he isn’t very intresting compare to Watson either.
    Agatha Christies Poirot is also a french version of Sherlock Holmes, and is more irritating by his french snobbish apperance. I do like to read an watch Poirot now and then, but I don’t like him. I realy don’t.
    it seems that every fictional detective are different version of Holmes. Holmes is the original, and the best. Jeremy Brett is the best as Holmes. No One can be compared to him.

  63. Mandeep [1] argued:
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    Well, that Holmes was, is and will remain the BEST is beyond doubt, but Poirot also is very interesting (with a touch on the funnier side). Both have their own methods and lets enjoy both of them rather than comparing and complaining. What say?

  64. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    I like his metal capacity of ovservation and deduction

  65. Kurian Joseph [2] argued:
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    I think Agatha Christie’s Poirot is copied cat of sherlock holmes.
    Poirot have a companion like Watson who is not only dumb but also narrate the story. Police is dumb as ever from the time of Doyle to Agatha Christie. Both have a landlady. Poirot get involved in mystery circumstances similar to Sherlock Holmes. Only difference is Poirot is immensely talented he knows the murderer before the murder itself. Not much clue is needed. The clues is only to mislead the audience.

  66. nothing and no one beats Sherlock [1] argued:
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    Sherlock is a much more complicated character than Poirot especially with his drug habits. Also having his “assistant” as a doctor is rather interesting.
    Plus Poirot’s “magnificent mustaches” gets old so quickly.
    Granted, not many people saw the ending for “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” coming I but generally find most of Agatha Christie’s mysteries (The ones with Hercule Poirot maybe not quite so much as the rest though) too boring and predictable.

    Summary: I’m on Sherlock’s side 100%,

  67. Jonathan Meager [30] argued:
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    A class act

  68. Rigo Vigil [14] argued:
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    Holmes doesn’t really need a reason to be the best but for one, he was the influence for Poirot.

  69. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Holmes always has been the best one.

#66

Hercule Poirot

poirot

  1. tuba [2] argued:
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    poirot is better. holmes being this popular is only because he is shown handsomely on screen. adds him popularity. they can’t do that with poirot because he needs to be short, fat and has a egg-shaped head. he is not even english (though this adds another aspect to his stories, being a foreigner). but he is still better than sherlock imo. my reasoning is him knowing abot people and using human pyschology in order to solve murders. for me, this is much more fun than holmes’ way. also I admire ‘let’s put everyone in one room and give the stage to poirot’ scenes. the last thing is, I love poirot’s relationship with inspector japp’s. I adore their dialogs and poirot’s wit and arrogance towards him.

  2. Oliver [1] argued:
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    Poirot is best of detective.
    Czech Republic.

  3. VSG24 [1] argued:
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    Holmes is a drug addict and needs Doctor Watson all the time while Poirot is very smart and doesn’t do drugs.

  4. Vangrab [2] argued:
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    Anyonymous, you’re 100% wrong about Holmes being smarter than Poirot, it’s the other way around, Poirot is smarter than Holmes, and here is why:
    Poirot is smarter than Holmes, because Holmes needs evidences and clues to identify the murderer, while Poirot psychologically detects the murderer, Holmes knowledge of human psychology is much, much lower than Poirot’s knowledge of human psychology-just look at Stephen Norton, Holmes would never be able to detect Norton as the one who is responsible for people killing each other with witnesses in each and every murder, Plus Poirot has detected that there is a psychological manipulator just by reading scraps of newspaper articles, Holmes is simply not that smart and does not have deduction on Poirot’s level. Holmes is only better when it comes to crime scenes and science, but unlike Poirot Holmes would never be able to detect the murderer without shred of evidence, which Poirot does all the time.
    Cornish mystery, 5 little pigs, and Curtain prove this 100%-there was no shred of evidence or even a clue of this.
    And unlike in Holmes stories/novels, there is only one suspect you can count of to be a murderer, in Poirot’s case everyone have motives to kill each other-which is much harder to solve than what Holmes solves, because it is impossible to identify the murderer, if you have so many suspects, Holmes was lucky that he always had connection with only one suspect, while Poirot always had all the suspects, the problem is Holmes would not be able to identify the murderer whenever he had so many suspects, this is why Poirot always was smarter than Holmes in this area and of course Poirot was also much more intuitive.

  5. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    He’s not as smart as Holmes, and isn’t a potential sociopath or anything.. (yes I am referring to the BOOK Sherlock), but Poirot has another style that makes him more believable…and in my opinion, better. He has style, flare, a confused but awesome sidekick, good friends, and awesome adventures. Go Poirot! And Agatha Christie wasn’t afraid to kill him off.

  6. Hercule Poirot [1] argued:
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    Poirot rules

  7. Yolo [1] argued:
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    Poirot is smarter than Holmes, he’s just BETTER.

  8. Anonymous [6969] [1] argued:
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    Poirot is better

  9. Jelena [1] argued:
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    poirot is better

  10. Atin [1] argued:
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    let’s look at the heading of the deabte, it says “fictional”.so to assert the fact let me point out that both SHErlocK and HP’s methods of solving crime are impractical.out of these agatha christie’s style is more based on real life that of conan doyle’s.

    AC’s stories are full of critical thoughts, philosophical contemplation,sensitive issues or basically morality related questions. AC stories are not only lacking in imagination but also they are boring and repettative. in Sherlock’s stories all of the information is not presented to the reader prior to the solving of the crime. but in HP cases are the context and most of the details of the crime is clear to the reader and AC in her subtle way leads us thorough her psycological melodrama and on the verge of enlightment leads us to a completely different path. sometimes this works and sometimes this doesn’t. but its the true genius of the author that captivates us to the very end and Conan doyle only wishes his stories were half as engrossing and thrilling as AC’s.

    Sherlock’s stories are detective stories just for the sake of deduction. no emotional connect, no character building and thus not fun to read. For some people this might be blessing because they don’t have the capacity of critical thinking and are satisfied with whatever the author has to shove down our throat. But to some people who wishes to engage in battle of wits with the author to see if they can beat him or her. it must be a story with good plot and character and must have good progression. I do not find that in Conan Doyle s Sherlock.

    now lets talk about sherlock’s deduction becoz pple think that they are somehow closest to science. for those i would suggest a good book which presnts the facts discarding the theatrics. its called how ‘killer of little shepards- the birth of forensic science’. Dr lacassagne had some wonderful things to say about holmes but wondered how holmes managed to do what professionals could not do. even his so called deductions are sometimes lofty guesses. I just laugh when he says that- he solved the crime even before stepping foot outside the room.

    i have read all of sherlock stories but havent had the time to read all of HP’s adventures. among the one’s i have read, there are some that i didn’t like that much. but there are some AC novels which r truly masterpieces and set it above the Conan doyles writing.

  11. Vangrab [2] argued:
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    Poirot is better detective than Holmes since he solves crimes without forensics and science, only with psychology and sixth sense and gut instincts.

  12. Fan X [1] argued:
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    Since 55 people (including me) said that Hercule Poirot is better and just 44 said that Sherlock Holmes.

  13. Roy [1] argued:
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    He’s fussy, and just a little too old. He’s not the heart melting Byronic, distant Sherlock Holmes yes, but he’s Papa Poirot. He’s domestic, familiar and amiable. He’s the hairdresser you share your secrets with. He works within domestic lines, a fire burning in summer, a chair which moved- these are things that set him apart. His disdain for the more typical methods is what makes him, at least to me, more REAL. The forensics do what they have to with fingerprints and all. As a PRIVATE detective, working underhand and away from the police, he studies what the police doesn’t- The pop-psychology motive of the crime. Also, being the first clue-puzzle series of novel, it is a series which allows a critical reader to solve the crime with the detective, not just look on in awe as he solves it somehow. That is why its predictable so that the normal non-forensic ppl can also solve the crime.

  14. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Come on. Holmes keeps all the cards under his sleeves. In Poirot, most of the information is available to the reader, but in spite of that no possible solution seems clear. And then Poirot shows how every fact falls together. It’s an extraordinary puzzle involving logic, psychology and sheer creative intelligence. It’s a much higher order of detective fiction as well as fiction in general. Some Poiro novels like “Taken at the flood”, “The Mysterious Affair at Styles,” and “Murder in Mesapotamia,” often goes into the realm of literature proper in its portrayal of human drama, characters and their psychological motives.

  15. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Poirot is the best.

  16. Stefani [1] argued:
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    Hercule is the best! Simply because I have read Agatha Christie’s books since forever, and I would definitely contract him to work for me, seeing from his brilliant detective skills and very clever manipulation of his suspected murderers. He is so full of himself and you can’t help but be assured of his performance and just fall in love with this little men in his tight leather shoes and pointy and neat moustaches! Poirot all the way!
    He is just such a great man. GEEEZ!

  17. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Poirots cases are more interesting than Holmes cases. The best one of Holmes is The Hound of Baskervill with 7 points but Poirot best cases are murder on the orient express, Death on the Nile, Evil under the sun, Peril at end House, Murder on Mesopotamia a.s.o with 10 points.

  18. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Poirot know what Poirot is doing

  19. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Sherlock Holmes is a good detective but Poirot is the best

  20. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Poirot ever

  21. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Poirot is the best

  22. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    bla bla christopher blackwood

  23. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    he sucks

  24. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    hercule sucks

  25. Annoymous [1] argued:
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    I LOVE Hercule Poirot stories

  26. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    bunch of mugs

  27. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Believe it or not but Holmes was an heroin addict who needed to get high to solve cases. Poirot just sat back and studied people till everything came into place

  28. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    “No monsieur, I am rather better than the police…” Poirot every time baby

  29. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    poirot is a pompous lame

  30. Michael [18] argued:
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    I like his mustache and my grandma’ thinks he’s great. 🙂

  31. Emalinenko [1] argued:
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    Poirot is tougher. He competed and won in the UFC.

  32. Catherine Cruz A [1] argued:
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    I love his big ego, and he actually have what’s needed to support it.

  33. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    If the question is fame it’s our dear Sherlock. If it’s a matter of sophistication again it’s Holmes.
    But if we’re talking tough-guy detective, that is someone who could solve a crime with his fists as well as his minds, it’s without question Mike Hammer!

  34. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    poirot has a very dry sense of humour which i particularly like but, his ego is what i absolutely dislike…
    If he had some modesty, it would have been much better..
    But nonetheless his crime solving style is attractive..

    PS :
    Sometimes there are just too many clues in christie’s books. 🙁

  35. the chubby one [1] argued:
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    hes much funnier

  36. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    su personaje es mas comico y las historias sorprendentes

  37. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    i read doyle’s, then i read christie’s, but i prefer holmes still. his cases are more complicated and definitely more interesting.

  38. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    He’s much more surprising then holmes

  39. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    he’s more adorable.

  40. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Because Poirot’s cases usually require creative thinking, while Holmes’ cases…meh. Doyle apparently hated Holmes so much that he did almost no research when writing the stories. Also: Holmes was a Gary Stu (with the inconsequential habit of doing drugs, and that’s it). Poirot was far more human. End of story.

  41. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    The cases solved by Poirot are more intricate. Given the formula is similar but the more specified details are much better

  42. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    I like the way Poirot solves mysteries, by using psychological issues of human being.

  43. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    is hastings used by agatha christie

  44. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    it’s the best detective because thinks right and can solve many cases with a few clues!She is a man who respect humans and try to behave right without annoying anyone. it’s lovely because consider all the people are the sme without difference!Never accuse of someone without prooves and seems different from the others because see the really face and the real feels!!!!!!!!he is wonderfull

  45. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Poirot is that analysts and always goes by-step question is where do ocrrio analyze the case and always finds the final curpable

  46. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Poirot discovers where more complicated and dark and not be carried away by apariecia if you use your gray cells to discover the culprit, but what fascinated me most were the methods used to discover the murderer hercule is undoubtedly the best

  47. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Poirot is a detective investigates all analysts do a project of analyzing and then discovers the murderer and holmes is boring to the problem of esplicarle already knows who is to blame and that is not rather be a detective holmes was a witch was Demaci ireal Poirot so I think it is much better

  48. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    holmes say what is better is wrong is that they do not realize that aghata is famous thanks to this man and his book have been sold in over 103 languages is the most translated writer in the world and his book are the most sold in any execion genre with the Bible and shekepiare to sell more than one billion copies in England and another one billion in over 103 languages and all thanks to Hercules Poirot holmes is insinificante compared to human intelligence Hercules Poirot and if I do not believe seek iletty aghata biography of the best ever number 1

  49. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    I’m staying with Poirot, analytical knowledge of the motives and arguments, or, as would the Great Mrs Christie, of human nature …

  50. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    buenoo is best left in sospresa, to know who is guilty, I never esperimentado feeling sospresa and impotecia with the stories of Agatha Cristie, let me know who the ice cream is victimaa which no one ever suspected Poirot is more! human, although I have read some sherlock me very light but has a fabulous duo with watson Poirot himself and does all the more curious fads that are used to solve the case

  51. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    That can not be discussed Poirot is more read in the world aghata is the best-selling writer in any genre shekepiare only surpassed by the Bible and to sell more than 2000 million numbers say it all is the best hercule

  52. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    I have not read much of Holmes but I am told is boring but I hercule and almost all his books are so exciting to read his books is as if love is the best feeling

  53. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    hercule plays with the mind of the reader and is always a guessing who the murderer is like a broken chain that finally achieves Poirot join but I love holmes is heavy and dull muyyyy

  54. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    when it can not be compared Poirot mystery is the great success of aghata the most translated writer of the planet

  55. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Holmes said that if someone is better because they have never read a book hercules is undoubtedly the number 1

  56. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    that when reading a book holmes you bored and leave it in exchange for half of what hecule want to go on and on and ends when the book you want to read Poirot undoubtedly have their own

  57. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Poirot is ready intelligent analyst is better
    and his story is more exciting when I read your
    If I am thrilled because their cases are a broken head in the end gun and that’s what I like about it is the best no doubt

  58. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    that was invented by the best minds writing when I read your book I think you must have a natural intelligence to write a book as it is for my writer’s largest planet THE GREAT MR. CRISTI AGHATA THE BEST OF ALL TIME AS THERE ARE NO DOUBTS

  59. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Oh Hercules Poirot is simply great …. There is no other word that fits you best. Is beyond the typical snooping detective who traces for clues, Poirot is something other than the common, much more real, with a strong personality, the better attainment of Agatha Christie.

  60. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    hercule is better because it was the only detective in the exit of the most famous World and the New York Times is read the more the world is boring holmes

  61. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    A QUI LES DEJO SOMETHING TO SAY IS BETTER THAN Poirot HOLMES
    Christie managed to sell two billion copies of their works, which were translated into 103 languages. Only the Bible and the works of English playwright William Shakespeare managed to sell more copies hercule is a success story

  62. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    aghata tube with Poirot but there is that I want to holmes it is called THE QUEEN OF MYSTERY by hercule, as the writer who most sold book in the world only surpassed by any genre shekepiare also is the most translated writer planet and that is most sold in France osea that Poirot is successful and the best aghata number say it all There’s no comparison

  63. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    POIRE BECAUSE IT IS BETTER FIND MORE COMPLICATED CASES AND HOLMES IS A DARK ABURRIDO

  64. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Poirot is the only fictional character that has been given an obituary in The New York Times, August 6, 1975 “Is Dead Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, the detective, dies” ( “Hercule Poirot is dead; famed Belgian detective “Hercule Poir

  65. Kurian Joseph [2] argued:
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    If u read works of Agatha Christie’s after Doyle’s you wont find anything new or interesting.. Its just copy cat of Doyle’s work.

  66. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    I think agatha stories are more sufisticated and have more wonderful puzzles and mystries

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