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The New Investigations of

Hercule Poirot
The New Investigations of
Hercule Poirot
A TRIBUTE TO

BY

VARIOUS AUTHORS

Think English
A FanFiction Collection
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Zespół Szkół nr 2 im. W. Korfantego
in Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland
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Contents
Foreword
by Ryszard Oślizło …………………………………...9

1. The Mystery of the Haunted Hotel


by Martyna Krosta ……………………………………11

2. The Adventure of Poirot’s Friend


by Justyna Salamon & Gosia Cichecka ………………17

3. The Mysterious Kidnapping


by Martyna Kosmala & Aleksandra Perkowska ……...21

4. The Tragedy at Greensville


by Ania Juszczyk ……………………………………..29

5. The Body in the Bathroom


by Zuzanna Kozłowska & Anna Miech ………………37

6. The Case of the Gold Hairpin


by Patrycja Krawczyk & Agata Doleżych ……………41

7. The Baby on the Church Steps


by Emilia Kowalska & Natalia Kapała ………………45

8. The Missing Brooch


by Magdalena Dzierża ……………………………….49

9. The Red Herring


by Przemysław Śliwa & Krzysztof Grzelak …………55
Foreword
The short stories included in this collection were written by the 2a LO and
2d LO students at Wojciech Korfanty High School in Jastrzębie-Zdrój,
Poland, as a tribute to the Queen of Crime.

The task of writing a detective story was a classwork assignment and it


took three consecutive English classes to plot, complete and revise the
stories. The students were given the opening paragraph and the closing
sentence of the story which they could use, change or replace to their
liking. The parts suggested were the following:

Hercule Poirot frowned/brightened up. He had never investigated


such a(n) interesting/surprising/shocking/dramatic/easy/difficult
case before. At the moment he was… (where? with whom? doing
what?)... and remembering the whole story.

It all began when…

„As always,‟ he thought boastfully, „Hercule Poirot proved to be the


greatest detective in the world!‟

Moreover, the students were asked to focus on some specific grammar


structures, including direct and reported speech and modal verbs of
deduction. As for the target vocabulary, they were supposed to employ
both body verbs, such as “frown”, “giggle” or “gasp”, and adjectives
describing places, e.g. “shabby”, “luxurious” or “cramped”.

The great enthusiasm and commitment which all the students brought to
this project will certainly make up for any possible shortcomings that may
be found within these covers.

Hopefully, you will enjoy reading the stories as much as the authors
enjoyed writing them!

– Ryszard Oślizło
An English Teacher
at Wojciech Korfanty High School

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The Mystery of
the Haunted Hotel
by Martyna Krosta
The Mystery of the Haunted Hotel

H ercule Poirot brightened up. He had never investigated such a


surprising case before. At the moment he was in the park with his dog,
walking across the bridge and remembering the whole story.

It all began when he was travelling around Scotland with his friend
Gemma. On the first day they reached the hotel. Gemma was happy.

'I have never been to Scotland earlier,' she said. 'I'm going to have fun!'

But she became very depressed when they saw that the hotel was shabby
and uninhabited.

'Oh, come on, Gemma,' Hercule said, 'it's too late to look for another
hotel. We should stay here.'

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So they decided to go inside. When the two friends went into the old
building, they saw a middle-aged woman. During a quick talk, Hercule
and Gemma heard a lot about the hotel and its history. The woman said
that her name was Georgina and she had inherited the building 5 years
before from her grandmother.

'In 1864 my grandma lived here, exactly in this hotel. She was a lonely
type of person. People were scared of her, and accused her of being a
witch. They took her for interrogation and after all that they burnt her at
the stake!' explained Georgina.

'Oh, that was terrible what they did!' said Gemma.

'Yes, it was, but really scary was what she said on her death day,' Georgina
added.

'What was that?' Hercule asked.

'She said: "I'll come back from the other side and get my revenge!"'
Georgina answered. 'And that is the reason why people don't want to sleep
here. At the beginning a few people came, but they didn't spend much
time here. They said that they were hearing weird noises at night. Now
nobody wants to arrive,' Georgina added.

'OK, but what about those noises?' Gemma asked.

'Yes, I heard them too,' explained Georgina, 'but this is not important. The
night is coming. Goodbye.'

'But we are going to stay here!' Hercule protested.

'Really? OK. If you want to,' Georgina said.

While Gemma was sleeping, Hercule was thinking about that witch all the
time. Then he heard some yelling from the cellar. He decided to check it.

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The Mystery of the Haunted Hotel

In the cellar Hercule saw something that looked like a woman, but he
wasn't sure.

'Who are you?' he asked.

But then suddenly the woman disappeared. Next day Hercule went to the
cellar again, but this time it was empty. On the spot where he had seen
something earlier, now he saw a shovel and a hole in the ground. Hercule
decided to go back to his room to fetch a flashlight and check the hole.
When he went inside, he was shocked. He saw a long, dark tunnel, but it
wasn't finished. Suddenly he stepped on something. It was an excavation
plan.

'Someone wants to rob a bank!' Hercule thought.

That was true. The plan explained how to dig an underground tunnel to
the local bank. He only just came back to the cellar when he saw a radio
in the corner. Hercule switched on the radio and then he heard the same
noises as in the night.

'This is suspicious,' he said. 'Georgina needs to know about that.'

He ran to look for her, walked around the whole hotel but he couldn't find
her.

'Maybe she is outside,' Hercule thought and left the building.

'Excuse me, could you give it to the owner?' asked the postman.

'Oh, sure!' Hercule answered and glanced at the card from Ireland and
read it.

'Oh my God, that card is from her grandma,' he thought. 'I think I know
where she is.'

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Hercule called the police, took them to the cellar and then everyone saw
Georgina with a shovel and they heard the strange sounds from the radio.

'Ladies and gentlemen, that woman faked a haunted house story just to
scare people away from here and get money from the bank!' Hercule said.
'How could you think that nobody will catch you?' he added.

'Damn it, that was a perfect plan. How did you know?' Georgina asked.

'I always know!' he answered.

'As always,' he thought boastfully, 'Hercule Poirot proved to be the


greatest detective in the world!'
The Adventure of
Poirot’s Friend
by Justyna Salamon
& Gosia Cichecka
The Adventure of Poirot’s Friend

H ercule Poirot frowned. He had never investigated such a shocking


case before. At the moment, he was alone in a café looking at the castle
through the window and remembering the whole story.

It all began when he was on holiday with his friends in the old town. They
visited there a lot of places. One of them was an old, deserted castle,
where it all happened.

Hercule and his friends were walking around the castle, when they heard a
loud shout. They turned back.

„Where is Hastings?‟ said Hercule.

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Their friend had disappeared. All friends were frightened. They started
looking for him nervously, but finally they didn‟t find him. Some of them
thought that Hastings might have been killed. Hercule‟s holiday changed
into his detective work. He began an investigation. Hercule kept visiting
the castle every day looking for any signs of Hastings‟s presence. He
interviewed each of the castle‟s workers. The most mysterious worker,
Hercule thought, was a cleaning lady. He decided to find out more about
her and he spied her.

After a few days something happened. That day the cleaning lady‟s
behaviour was weird. In the evening, when the castle wasn‟t crowded
with visitors, the woman opened a secret door and she came inside.

Detective Poirot followed her. The room inside was dark and spacious.
Suddenly, Hercule heard a groan. He switched on his torch and he saw
some people who were tied to chairs. Among them was also his friend,
Hastings. Hercule was shocked. When the cleaning lady saw the
detective, she wanted to escape but he stopped her and called the police.

It turned out that she had escaped from a psychiatric hospital some
months ago. The woman‟s prisoners were exhausted, but also happy,
because they were free. Hastings was grateful.

„As always,‟ he thought boastfully, „Hercule Poirot proved to be the


greatest detective in the world!‟

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The Mysterious
Kidnapping
by Martyna Kosmala
& Aleksandra Perkowska
The Mysterious Kidnapping

H ercule Poirot frowned. He had never investigated such a dramatic


case before. At the moment, he was in the forest looking at a dramatic
scene. It all began when that kid went missing. It happened in the
summer. Seven-year-old Tom went to the playground and he didn‟t come
back home. His scared parents called the private detective, Hercule Poirot,
to investigate the case. He started to search for evidence and clues
suggesting where the little boy might have been.

„Maybe he went to his best friend, Mark?‟ he asked the frightened parents.

„No, we called Mark‟s mom and she hadn‟t seen him,‟ they answered.

The detective sighed and decided to look for more information. He started
to ask people in the neighbourhood. After a couple of days he met a boy
who had seen Tom on the day he went missing.

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„Yes, I saw him,‟ he said. „He was walking through the forest with an old
woman.‟

„How did she look like?‟ Poirot asked.

The boy described the woman‟s appearance and the police artist made a
composite drawing of her.

„Oh, she looks like Mary!‟ Tom‟s father said.

„Who‟s Mary?‟ Poirot asked.

„She‟s my mother and Tom‟s grandmother.‟

The detective frowned. He thought that this case may not be that difficult.
How was it possible that he hadn‟t thought about it earlier.

„Have you got any contact with her? Is it possible that the old woman
might be her?‟ he asked.

„Yes, we have got her phone number, but it can‟t be her because she has
been in France for five years!‟ the frightened parents said.

„But we must check that!‟ Poirot answered.

After that they tried to call Mary – Tom‟s grandmother – but her telephone
was off the hook. Poirot was looking for something more but nobody had
seen Tom.

A couple of days later a strange woman called the detective and said that
she had seen the missing boy whose photograph was displayed on posters
around the city. To check the information, Poirot went to the restaurant
where the boy had been seen. Fortunately, the restaurant had a CCTV
system and the manager allowed the detective to watch the recordings.
The truth came out soon.

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„It was her!‟ Tom‟s mother said. „Oh my God! Why did she kidnap him?!‟
she started to panic and cry in agony. „We must find him,‟ she added.

Next two days passed and it didn‟t seem that the case would soon be
solved. Until Sunday morning. The woman who had called a couple of
days earlier, called again.

„I saw them once more,‟ she whispered on the phone.

Poirot was really excited.

„Could you come to my office, Ms...?‟

„Ms Smith,‟ she said. „I‟ll be there soon.‟

He was waiting for an hour and he started to worry but finally somebody
knocked at the door.

„Come in,‟ he said.

Ms Smith came into the office and started to describe everything she had
seen. While she was talking, suddenly somebody entered the room. It was
Tom‟s mother.

„Mary called us!‟ she screamed. „She has got him and she‟s going to hurt
him but I don‟t know why!‟

The detective froze motionless.

„Wait a minute,‟ he said. „Where did you see them, Ms Smith?‟

„Near Central Park,‟ Ms Smith answered.

„Oh my God! Mary had bought an old cottage in the forest near Central
Park!‟ Tom‟s mother said.

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Poirot frowned.

„We must go there!‟

They drove to Central Park and found the cottage in the forest.

„Wait here,‟ the detective said. „I will go alone.‟

He broke into the cottage. It was really shabby inside and there was
nothing except rubbish and a big fridge in the corner.

„It‟s really weird,‟ he thought.

Slowly he walked towards the fridge and opened it carefully.

„Oh my God!‟ he screamed and froze.

In the fridge he saw parts of Mary‟s body. He ran outside and whispered
to Tom‟s parents:

„I found Mary but she‟s dead. Somebody killed her.‟

The parents froze in horror.

„But where is Tom?‟ they asked.

Suddenly, they all heard derisive laughter of a child. They turned around
and saw Tom with a hatchet in his hand.

„I will kill you too!‟ he shouted and ran towards the frightened parents and
the detective.

But Poirot was faster. He knocked Tom to the ground and took the
murderous weapon away from him.

„Take him to the police! They will decide what should be done about
him!‟ he said.

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The Mysterious Kidnapping

The woeful father tied Tom up and took him to the car.

„As always,‟ Poirot thought boastfully, „Hercule Poirot proved to be the


greatest detective in the world!‟
The Tragedy
at Greensville
by Ania Juszczyk
The Tragedy at Greensville

H ercule Poirot frowned. At the moment he was sitting in his favourite


armchair and drinking coffee. He was alone. He remembered that this
case was funny and surprising.

It all began this sunny afternoon, when Hercule Poirot visited his old
friend John in his house. John seemed to be troubled and sad. Hercule
frowned and continued his observations. John became more and more
anxious with each minute of the conversation. Suddenly, Hercule Poirot
asked:

„John, my friend, what is wrong? I see that you are worried about
something, why don‟t you tell me about your problems?‟

„Well, it‟s really nothing. Oh, I just need to go on vacation…‟ continued


John. „Hercule, what do you think about a trip to Greensville? I am a little
tired of this London‟s weather; we have unusually hot summer this year. I
am thinking of a few days of vacation in the small, quiet village. You

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know: no patients, no obligations, no papers…‟

„No bills,‟ ended Poirot.

„Well, you‟re right,‟ said John. „I really would like to spend a few days far
away from the crowded city, and I need a break, so I decided to accept
Miss Wilson‟s invitation. I am going to Greensville for a few days, just to
relax…‟

„Wait a second,‟ Hercule Poirot stopped his explanations. „Aren‟t you


hiding something?‟ he asked. „Miss Wilson? Your beloved, charming Miss
Wilson? And you have just decided to spend your precious time in the
middle of nowhere, just to relax? I know you very well, John. You can‟t
live without your job and your patients,‟ said Poirot.

„Oh, you‟ve got me,‟ answered John. „Well, you remember that Miss
Wilson and I had been good friends before I went to India. It was a few
years ago. I never forgot her and I still remember her beautiful face. She
never married and she stayed with her parents, Lord and Lady Wilson. I
am worried about her life right now. I think she is in real danger. Miss
Wilson visited my office last Monday and she told me a very interesting
story about her house in Greensville. Her father had bought this property a
few weeks before he died. “It was a bargain,” she said. “A beautiful, old
and large mansion for a really cheap price.”‟

„Hmm, an old mansion for a cheap price? Something is fishy here…‟ said
Poirot quietly.

„Yes, you‟re right,‟ answered John. „They moved into Greensville last
month. A week later they started to hear strange noises in their cellar. Next
day their maid was so scared that she decided to quit. She was really
frightened. Mrs. Wilson tried to convince her to stay, even for a much
higher salary, but the old woman refused. She said that the house was
cursed, because the previous owner, Lord Black, had died there. She
repeated all the time: “It‟s him! It‟s him! The old Master! He is upset,
because a new family lives in his home! He hated people when he was
alive! Now, he wants his house back again!” Lord Wilson was confused.

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He had heard the story about the old owner, Lord Black. There were
rumours that he had become wealthy in Africa, where he traded blood
diamonds. Many people died to make him rich. Lord Wilson didn‟t
believe in any curses, but honestly, this curse was the main reason for
such low price for that mansion. Mrs. Wilson wanted to move out
immediately, but her husband refused. He was stubborn and didn‟t believe
in any curses or ghosts. A few days later, in the middle of the night, they
were alarmed again by the strange noises. Mr. Wilson took a rifle and
decided to check that cellar. A few minutes later, Mrs. and Miss Wilson
heard a shot and Mr. Wilson‟s scream. They found Mr. Wilson on the
cellar floor. He was dead. Mr. Wilson fell off the stairs and broke his neck.
But what was this strange noise? What really happened in the cellar? After
this accident, everything seemed to be OK in the mansion. No more
strange noises coming from the cellar until this week. Miss Wilson came
to my office and desperately asked for help. She told me that this time her
mother or she herself may become the victim. She started to believe in
that curse. That‟s the whole story,‟ said John.

„OK, John. It is an interesting case. I will go with you to help Mrs.


Wilson. Let‟s go my friend,‟ said Poirot.

The trip wasn‟t long. Early in the evening they stopped by at the front
door of the old mansion in Greensville.

„Oh, this is a beautiful place!‟ said John. „Look at this garden and forest.
They are amazing!‟ he continued.

The house and garden were really charming. Both ladies Wilson were
waiting impatiently for the men. A moment later they were all sitting in a
luxurious living-room and drinking tea. Mrs. Wilson said:

„I am so happy to see you both; especially I am grateful for your help, Mr.
Poirot. I live here with my daughter but I am so scared, because last night
I heard a noise coming from the cellar, the same as a month ago, in the
night of my husband‟s death.‟

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„We are at your service, madam,‟ said Poirot. „Would you like to show me
that cellar now?‟ he asked.

„Oh yes, of course. I have to bring the key, because since that terrible day
the cellar has been locked and nobody dared even to take a short glance at
that place,‟ answered Mrs. Wilson. „Here, please, take it,‟ she said and
gave the key to Poirot.

„Thank you, madam,‟ said Poirot. „I am going to make an inspection of


that cellar and I will be back in a few minutes,‟ he said again.

Soon, he appeared back in the living room.

„Well, I think we should wait until the night. I am going to catch this
ghost. I suggest that both ladies Wilson go to bed. You may feel safe,
madam, John and I will stay here and guard you,‟ said Poirot. „Have a
good night.‟

Poirot and John played chess for the next few hours. Suddenly, the quiet
living-room was filled with some noises.

„Did you hear this? whispered John.

„Yes,‟ answered Poirot. „Take your gun, John, and let‟s go.‟

They opened the door very carefully. In the cellar‟s darkness they saw a
dark shadow and big shiny eyes. Poirot switched on the flashlight
instantly. A white beam of light stopped on… a small bear. It looked
surprised; it froze for a moment, then instantly ran away.

„Oh,‟ said John weakly. „It was…‟

„…a small bear,‟ finished Poirot. „And now, I see the doorway to a secret
passage,‟ he said again. „It‟s here, look at this wall. I don‟t think the bear
will come back tonight. It was scared more than we were,‟ said Poirot.
„Let‟s go to sleep.‟

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Next day Poirot invited Mrs. and Miss Wilson into the cellar and
explained to them what had happened.

„This is an old house,‟ said Poirot. „Old houses are full of old stories and
secret passages. Such a passage with a hidden door is located in your
cellar and leads into the garden and then to the forest. This small bear
probably got lost from its mother and had to take care of itself. It
accidently found the passage leading into your cellar and visited your
house every time when it became hungry. That was the reason for the
noises. Your cellar, full of food, was an attractive place for this lost
animal. Unfortunately, this small bear doesn‟t have good manners and it
didn‟t keep quiet during its visits in the middle of the night. Your
husband, alarmed at the strange noises, tried to check the cellar and fell
off the high stairs. It wasn‟t murder; it was an accident. You have to lock
the doorway to the secret passage and you will avoid any unwanted
guests. And what about the story about ghosts and curses?‟ Hercule Poirot
giggled quietly. „Well, all old houses have their stories. This one had
nothing to do with all these events. So your mother‟s or your own life is
not in danger, Miss Wilson. You don‟t need to be afraid anymore,
especially, that you have a new guard – my friend John. Am I right, Miss
Wilson?‟

Hercule Poirot left Greensville next day. He was alone because his friend,
John, decided to stay with the lady of his heart and soon – his wife.

„As always,‟ he thought boastfully, „Hercule Poirot proved to be the


greatest detective in the world.‟

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The Body in
the Bathroom
by Zuzanna Kozłowska
& Anna Miech
The Body in the Bathroom

H ercule Poirot frowned. He had never investigated such a dramatic


case before. At the moment, he was alone in his office remembering the
whole story.

Everything started when a twenty-year-old man called him. This young


man studied in London and decided to visit his family in Bristol. He
found the body of his forty-year-old mother in the bathroom. The woman
had a lot of cuts on the head and everything implied that she was the
victim of murder. However, from the garage the car was stolen that she
had bought not so long ago.

'We found the car abandoned by the road a couple of miles away,' said the
policeman who was investigating the case.

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The investigation took too long and the young man became desperate to
find help from Hercule Poirot. The detective decided to take care of this
case. He looked further into the victim's husband to check if he had had
something to do with this case. He watched the suspected man and found
the weapon and bullets inside his house. He informed the police about this
fact and they found out that since the son had left the family home, the
man had abused his wife several times.

'As always,' the detective thought boastfully, 'Hercule Poirot proved to be


the greatest detective in the world.'
The Case of
the Gold Hairpin
by Patrycja Krawczyk
& Agata Doleżych
The Case of the Gold Hairpin

H ercule Poirot brightened up. He had never investigated such an easy


case before. At the moment he was in the park with his friends having
breakfast and remembering the whole story.

It all began one day when he was asked to find a gold hairpin which had
been stolen from his friends‟ house. He thought it would be difficult to
find the person who might have stolen it.

One day he went to a café to have some cake when suddenly he saw a
charming woman sitting at the table next to his. He remembered that he
had seen her before. They had met at his friends‟ house the day the
jewelry box went missing.

He looked at her head and saw… a luxurious gold hairpin in her hair. It
looked exactly like the one he was looking for. He thought that the lady
must have stolen it from her neighbours. He felt a thrill of excitement

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because he was sure of that. He called the police and told them what he
had discovered.

His conjectures soon proved correct when he saw how the woman was
scared looking at the two policemen coming up to her. Poirot approached
to the woman and told her:

'I am a detective and I am looking for the gold hairpin which is now in
your hair. I‟m afraid it was stolen.'

At first the woman didn't want to admit to what she had done but then she
sighed and told the men that she had been in that house and she had stolen
the jewelry box with the gold hairpin inside. She was embarrassed and
stressed.

Poirot never thought that it would be so easy to solve the case but the
moment he saw the woman he knew that she must have been guilty
because her face said that she was hiding something.

'As always,' he thought boastfully, 'Hercule Poirot proved to be the


greatest detective in the world!'

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The Baby on
the Church Steps
by Emilia Kowalska
& Natalia Kapała
The Baby on the Church Steps

H ercule Poirot brightened up. He had never investigated such an


interesting case before. At the moment, he was in a tranquil church with
his friend, a priest. They were talking about the baby and remembering
the whole story.

It all began when one cloudy day the sexton heard a baby crying and saw
a little charming person who was lying on the church steps. Hercule
Poirot said:

'I promise to find the baby's mother.'

When he came back to his office he came up with an idea. He wanted to


know who had given birth to babies that month and so he went
immediately to the hospital to find it out. Because of the privacy issues,
the nurse couldn't tell him about it. He had to check the information
himself without being noticed. Poirot discovered that two women had
given birth to babies in November and he went to visit those women at
once.

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When he was near the door of one of them, Hercule heard a baby crying.
A young woman with a baby in her arms opened the door.

'Good evening. I come with some questions,' Mr Poirot said.

'Come in,' she invited Hercule inside.

He explained everything. She told him that when she had been in hospital
she saw a pregnant teenage girl who was sad and was crying every night.
The detective thanked for the information and went to see the other
woman. When he was near her house, he heard some screams. He ran
inside and saw an old woman who screamed:

'Help my daughter, help my daughter...'

Hercule came in and saw blood everywhere. The girl was hanged. Mr
Poirot gave her first aid. But she died.

At the police station the girl's mother explained that her daughter had
abandoned the baby because they didn't have any money. The priest
promised to find a new mother for the baby. The woman was in mourning.

'As always,' the detective thought boastfully, 'Hercule Poirot proved to be


the greatest detective in the world.'

But he was also disappointed because the girl had died.

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The Missing Brooch
by Magdalena Dzierża
The Missing Brooch

O n a dull and gloomy day, thirty-year-old Mrs. Odish was sitting in a


comfortable armchair and she was knitting. Her small kitty was sleeping
on her lap and was purring sweetly. She was feeling bereaved. She looked
through the window at the rain. This ugly and rainy weather caused
depression in her. She felt tired and sleepy so she decided to go to sleep.

The next day was sunny and beautiful and she came up with an idea to go
somewhere in her car. She simply wanted to have fun and spend a nice
time driving. She took only the necessary things such as clothes, another
pair of shoes, a camera and some food. She got into her car and along with
her kitty she set off.

She drove and drove listening to loud music and she smiled to herself. She
went along crowded streets all day long. When the night came, she

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decided to look for a night‟s lodging. She stopped at the Rose hotel. It
wasn‟t a luxurious hotel but it was cosy and warm. It had tacky furniture,
though.

While staying at the Rose hotel, she lost there a valuable thing. It was a
big brooch which her grandmother had once given her.

On that day she had dinner in the restaurant. It was most delicious. After
she got back to her room, she changed into more comfortable clothes and
she went out to town. She had left her brooch on the dressing table.

She got back to the hotel at about ten o‟clock p.m. and went to sleep. In
the morning she noticed that her brooch was not on the dressing table. She
looked for it everywhere but she couldn‟t find it. She was very sad and
tears flooded her eyes. She cuddled her kitty which purred sweetly.

In the afternoon she called a private detective, Hercule Poirot. The


detective soon turned up in the Rose hotel. This case of the missing
brooch interested him very much and he started his investigation.

First, he interrogated all the people present at the hotel. He had an eye on
every person he was interrogating. Unfortunately, nobody behaved
suspiciously.

Next, he asked Mrs. Odish to tell him everything about the previous day.
He looked at her and listened to her carefully. He wrote down the most
important information in his notebook.

„After dinner, madam, you went to town, yes? Did you lock the door after
you left?‟

„Yes, I always remember to do it.‟

„And thereafter you got back to your room at about ten o‟clock p.m.,
correct?‟

„Yes.‟

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The Missing Brooch

„Were you a bit tipsy, perhaps?‟

„Well, I was a little, I admit.‟

„Hmm… and you went to sleep?‟

„Not exactly. I had a bath first.‟

„Was the brooch on the dressing table then?‟

„Yes, it was.‟

„What happened later?‟

„Later I sat at the dressing table and combed my hair. My brooch was
there all the time. When I had combed my hair, I went to sleep.‟

„I see. Maybe the brooch fell down somewhere. Let‟s look for it now,
yes?‟

„But I had already looked for it. I couldn‟t find it anywhere.‟

„Madam, you said you had been slightly tipsy last night. And first thing in
the morning you noticed that the brooch was not on the dressing table.
You could still have been a bit sleepy and may not have remembered
everything clearly. Secondly, madam, you did not look for the brooch
properly. Let‟s do it now.‟

„All right.‟

Detective Poirot started his methodical search. He soon found the brooch
on the bottom of the wardrobe.

„There you are, this is your brooch, madam.‟

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The New Investigations of Hercule Poirot

„Thank you. Now I remember! I looked for my pyjamas in the wardrobe. I


had the brooch in my hand. I always keep it on me. It‟s very valuable for
me.‟

„No problem. It happens. I am glad that I could help.‟

„Once again thank you!‟

Detective Poirot said good-bye to Mrs. Odish and left. The kitty jumped
on Mrs. Odish‟s lap and purred sweetly. He was happy that his mistress
felt cheerful again.

„As always,‟ he thought boastfully, „Hercule Poirot proved to be the


greatest detective in the world!‟
The Red Herring
by Przemysław Śliwa
& Krzysztof Grzelak
The Red Herring

H ercule was sitting at home and sipping tea, when suddenly he heard
car tires squeal somewhere outside. He looked out of the window and saw
a little girl in the street. The girl was crying, so he went out to check what
had happened.

„Hey, little girl, what‟s wrong?‟ he asked but the girl couldn‟t speak
English.

Hercule deduced that her mother had just been kidnapped. He decided to
take up this case. He brought in an interpreter to the nearby Puaro café but
in the meantime the girl was kidnapped too. When he was having coffee,
he saw a little Romanian boy who gave him a packet.

Hercule frowned – in the packet he found a cut off finger and a red fish
head. He had never investigated such a dramatic case before.

He went to the USA by airplane where the clue was leading. In


Connecticut he met Robert Barnlike, a famous strongman and Poirot's
friend. Robert promised to help him and soon he found a good clue. It
was the French address of the person who had sent the Romanian boy to
bring Poirot the packet. So they immediately flew to Saint Tropez.

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The New Investigations of Hercule Poirot

At the airport they met a crook, Adrian, who took them to one place. They
found there a dangerous gang. Fortunately, Robert had his favourite
supplement to improve strength. He took a pill and grabbed the gang. The
gangsters gave them the next clue which led them to the town of
Zebrzydowice in Poland.

When they arrived in the countryside, a scruffy boy gave them a strange
sheet of paper with an address on it. They went to the suspicious address
and they found a house with an open door. When they got into this house
they finally found the kidnapped little girl, but she looked very bad. The
girl was crying but she managed to tell them the whole story.

Soon Adrian, who had taken Poirot to the gang‟s house, was convicted to
prison for kidnapping but a local policeman let him out. The criminal
escaped to the nearby town of Jastrzębie-Zdrój and hid at Wojciech
Korfanty High School. From this time on, Adrian became a good student
and never missed any classes.

Hercule came back home and tried to forget about what had happened.
Fifteen years later he got a letter where Adrian apologized to him for what
he had done and confirmed that he gave himself up and went to prison.

„As always you were right and I‟m sure that we will meet again
sometime,‟ he wrote.

Now Hercule Poirot is waiting for a new case to solve and is still regarded
as the best detective in the world.

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Agatha Christie is the best-selling
Agatha
novelist in theChristie
world and heris books
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translated into world
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language.
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better than her 79 detective-stories which madesell
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her detectives, 79 detective-stories which
Poirot and Miss made
Marple,
her detectives, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple,
as famous as their creator.
as famous as their creator.

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Hercule Poirot made his first appearance in The Mysterious
Poirot made his first appearance in The Mysterious
Affair
Affair at
at Styles, called upon
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by his
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friend Hastings,
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to solve
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most
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mysterious murder. Poirot would
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himself
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his modesty
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But not even Christie could ever have imagined how popular
popular Poirot
Poirot
would become, nor how many stories she would write aboutabout him.
him.
He would star in thirty-three novels and fifty-four short
short stories,
stories,
including some
including some of
of Christie’s
Christie’s best
best such
such as
as Murder
Murder onon the
the Orient
Orient
Express, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Death on the Nile.
Express, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Death on the Nile.

All the
This short stories
exclusive included
collection in this
of short collection
stories were written
has been written
by the 2a LO and 2d LO students at Wojciech Korfanty High School
by the 2a LO and 2d LO students at Wojciech Korfanty High School
in Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland, as a tribute to the Queen of Crime.
in Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland, as a tribute to the Queen of Crime.
Hercule Poirot makes a splendid return and his “little grey cells”
Hercule Poirot makes a splendid return and his “little grey cells”
are challenged once again by another bunch of mysterious cases.
are challenged
In these storiesonce again by kidnapping
of murder, another bunchandofinsanity,
mysterious cases.
he never
In these to
hesitates stories of murder,
visit haunted kidnapping
places or even goand insanity,
around he never
the world. And
hesitates
as always, he proves to be the greatest detective in the world. And
to visit haunted places or even go around the world.
as always, he proves to be the greatest detective in the world.

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