AudioGO – the company which acquired BBC Audiobooks – is publishing two ‘lost’ Hercule Poirot stories which were discovered in 2004 within a ‘treasure trove’ of notebooks unearthed at Agatha Christie’s family home, Greenway.
The two stories have been recorded by David Suchet and will be released as a double CD edition.
The Capture of Cerberus was originally intended to be the twelfth in Agatha Christie’s collection of Poirot stories, The Labours of Hercules, but she eventually rewrote it, keeping only the title.
In this first, original version, Hercule Poirot is holidaying in Geneva, trying to take his mind off the impending war. But a chance meeting with an old acquaintance leads to an investigation involving a Nazi dictator and an enormous hound…
The Incident of the Dog’s Ball, probably written in 1933, was reworked as the novel Dumb Witness (1937) with an entirely different murderer and motive.
In it, Hercule Poirot receives a letter from an elderly lady, written two months before and asking for help. Now she is dead, and Poirot is convinced that her beloved terrier Bob holds the key to her death…
Hercule Poirot in The Capture of Cerberus & The Incident of the Dog’s Ball is released on September 8th.