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In Agatha Christie's novel The A. B. C. Murders, explain in depth how closely the story follows each of the following elements of detective fiction: the detective is a distinctive and unusual character; the detective possesses great reasoning abilities; the detective has a not-so-brilliant but helpful companion; the guilty suspect usually shows up early in the story; and the plot may involve a "locked-room" mystery. What is an example from the novel for each of these elements?

The A. B. C. Murders has a distinctive detective in Hercule Poirot, a man of brilliant reasoning abilities. His companion, Hastings, fits the classic mold of the less intelligent but helpful sidekick. The murderer shows up before the novel is halfway through. However, this is not a classic "locked-room" mystery.

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In The A. B. C. Murders, the detective is a distinctive and unusual character. As we learn from the first chapter, Hercules Poirot is a distinctive person. He is a Belgian with a great set of mustaches of which he is very proud, he has refined tastes, and he speaks with an unusual mix of French and English. He also has a passion for symmetry, renting his new apartment for its symmetrical and orderly qualities.

The detective possesses great reasoning abilities. Throughout the novel, Poirot will show he is more methodical than the average person. Because of this, he is able to figure out that the murderer cannot be simply an insane serial killer. There is too much method in the killings, so...

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