Comments: 5
BrokenTune 7 months ago
Good one!
I'm currently compiling a list for this task, and the one question I keep running into is ... How old exactly is Poirot?? I know, there are varying opinions and she didn't make him age in line with books, which doesn't help.
I know -- I wondered about the same thing, too, and ultimately chickened out and went for the more obvious choice (I wouldn't have wanted to use more than one series by Christie either way, though).

I think a fair case can be made that at least in the books from the final 2, if not 3 decades he must be over 70 years old. He's already had a career (and a successful one) by the time he takes residence in Britain in 1917, after all; his first attempt to retire happens barely a decade later, in the 1920s ("The Murder of Roger Ackroyd"), then he makes another attempt to retire in the 1940s ("The Labours of Hercules"), and even if we accept that he doesn't age in real time, Christie herself repeatedly hints (e.g., at the beginning of "Third Girl") that he's far from a spring chicken anymore in the final books. So if you want to use Poirot, go for it by all means!
Come to think of it, though -- I'm implicitly reminded of a honorable mention to add to my list ...
Mike Finn 7 months ago
...and, according to Laurie King, Holmes then went on to marry the much younger Mary Russell who he met while tending his bees.
Well, the beekeeper thing as such is straight from the original Canon (chiefly the short stories "The Lion's Mane" and "His Last Bow", where we learn from Conan Doyle himself that in 1903 Holmes retired to Sussex, embarked on beekeeping, and proceeded to write a book about it) -- and Michael Chabon, writing in 2005, thankfully keeps Holmes single in "The Final Solution". (Laurie King's "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" is from 1994 -- and it does have a very different slant than Chabon's book.) Chabon has Holmes solve a final case of political / spy intrigue, not entirely unlike the one in "His Last Bow". It's not my favorite pastiche -- but then, I hardly like any of them at all -- but I agree, the whole marriage to Mary Russell thing in Laurie King's series is definitely taking things a step too far.