“Me and Moosier have met before – and there’s no man’s judgement I’d sooner take than his.” The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Detective Chief Inspector Japp clearly thinks highly of Hercule Poirot. The Scotland Yard detective appears in Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, where it is made quite clear that he and Poirot have worked together before: "It was in 1904 he and I worked together – the Abercrombie forgery case – you remember, he was run down in Brussels. Ah, those were great days, Moosier. Then do you remember "Baron" Altara? There was a pretty rogue for you! He eluded the clutches of half the police in Europe. But we nailed him in Antwerp – thanks to Mr Poirot here."
Clearly Japp has a lot to thank Poirot for and it is no wonder he thinks so highly of the Belgium detective. Sadly his admiration is not wholly reciprocated. Although Poirot does indeed like the Scotland Yard detective, he is heard to say, “I am disappointed in Japp. He has no method.” Often times Japp will hide behind officialdom – a serviceable detective, he is often one step behind the great Poirot!
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