Sacre bleu! What could possibly be more engaging and entertaining than a mystery featuring the inimitable Monsieur Hercule Poirot? Why, Four of them, of course. Join the sardonic and soigné Belgian supersleuth played by his alter ego, David Suchet as he ferrets out the miscreants in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Lord Edgware Dies, Murder in Mesopotamia, and Evil Under the Sun. 6-3/4 hours. Web Extra: Agatha Christie became famous in 1926 with the publication of "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd." Christie and her second husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan, made many expeditions to the Middle East, excavating sites at Ur, Nineveh, and Nimrud. Those adventures have served as the inspiration for some of her best-loved books. In 1928, Christie made her first visit to the Middle East and the excavation site of Ur. By 1936 when she wrote "Murder in Mesopotamia" which is set on an excavation—she was well versed in archaeology.
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Four beautifully made mysteries comprise this boxed-set collection of Agatha Christie classics, in which David Suchet perfectly captures the brilliant detective Hercule Poirot. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, in which yet another of Poirot's retirements is interrupted with murder, is an admirable adaptation of a nearly unfilmable plot. Lord Edgeware Dies offers the pleasing combination of murder, theater folk, and a glimpse of a besotted Poirot. Evil Under the Sun features cold-blooded murder at a sunny health resort, and Murder in Mesopotamia doubles the fun by dropping all the intrigue into an archaeological dig. Each mystery is lovingly crafted with clever direction, a clear fondness for Christie's work, and painstakingly accurate period settings. Suchet and Hugh Fraser (as Captain Hastings) make a marvelous pair, capturing both the easy companionship and the frequent bickering of true friendship. Special DVD features include an index of all the Hercule Poirot stories and biographies of Agatha Christie and David Suchet. --Ali Davis
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