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Popeau, Hercules. Hercules Popeau was created by Marie Belloc Lowndes and appeared in a number of stories and novels from 1913 to 1940, possibly beginning with “The Chambidge Affair” (Harper’s Weekly, June 21, 1913).

Hercules Popeau is a short, fussy, self-assured man in his fifties who has only recently retired from his job as detective of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Sûreté. This does not prevent Popeau from involving himself in cases, however, many of which he solves thanks to his long exposure to the darker facets of human nature. It has been argued that Popeau was Agatha Christie’s model for Hercule Poirot.

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