Agatha Christie read this novel as a child. Bleak House is both a depiction of the British judiciary system and, perhaps more importantly, around the end of the story it also contains a murder case: the murder case of Mr. Tulkinghorn. The characters of this book include one of the first detectives of English fiction, Inspector Bucket, who solves the case by examining and questioning the various characters of the book who had a reason for wanting to murder Mr Tulkinghorn. Inspector Bucket, from whom Agatha Christie likely drew inspiration, may well be considered the archetype of Hercule Poirot.
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