Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Collector’s Set Volume 8

July 24, 2013 - Comment

After making Agatha Christie the bestselling author of her day, Hercule Poirot has proved equally popular on television, becoming the most-watched detective in the history of the PBS Mystery! series and capturing a new audience of mystery lovers on A&E. DAVID SUCHET plays the brilliant Belgian sleuth in these three stories that brim with period

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After making Agatha Christie the bestselling author of her day, Hercule Poirot has proved equally popular on television, becoming the most-watched detective in the history of the PBS Mystery! series and capturing a new audience of mystery lovers on A&E. DAVID SUCHET plays the brilliant Belgian sleuth in these three stories that brim with period details and deliciously clever wit. Starring Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings, Philip Jackson as Chief Inspector Japp and Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon.

The Case of the Missing Will — Poirot is the executor of a revised will that disappears when its author dies suddenly.

The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman — Hastings’ decision to buy an elegant Italian car coincides with a case involving an Italian count.

The Chocolate Box — A trip home to Belgium with Japp causes Poirot to reopen a case that he failed to solve 20 years earlier.Like a box of gourmet chocolates, this three-episode collector’s set of Agatha Christie’s Poirot–eighth in a series of 12–contains scrumptious delights for the connoisseur of British mysteries. And if one of these episodes were to be wrapped in gold foil, it would have to be “The Chocolate Box,” in which Hercule Poirot revisits a 20-year-old case that was never officially solved. Having perfected the mannerisms of an older, fussier Poirot, here David Suchet has the opportunity to reveal a young, eager junior detective on the Brussels police force, who longs to solve the case not only for the sake of the truth, but also for the sake of the young woman who begged for his help. Both intriguing and bittersweet, this episode is the dark chocolate truffle of the set.

By comparison, “The Case of the Missing Will” and “The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman” are lighter confections, but with murder at their tart center. In the first, Poirot must execute the final wishes of an old friend who is killed on the eve of drafting his will; several red herrings and a surprising solution enliven this classic murder-mystery scenario. Hastings’s acquisition of an Italian roadster and Miss Lemon’s new gentleman friend turn out to have an unexpected connection with each other and with the murdered man in “The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman,” which culminates in a car chase that claims more than one victim. Of course, the best thing about this set is that unlike a box of chocolates, viewers can savor its contents again and again. –Larisa Lomacky Moore

Comments

F. Behrens "Frank Behrens" says:

Three episodes of special interest It is always a fascinating study to compare the shorter Poirot television versions with the stories on which they are based. So much circumstantial detail is added to most of them in order to stretch the scenarios to a full 51 minutes that one wonders if each episode should have been kept to 25 minutes and we would have two cases instead of one. But it is all done with such finesse that we cannot complain. Now that Acorn Media has made Collector’s Set 8 available, we have yet three more chances…

"face-garak" says:

God Bless Agatha Christie! The Case of the Missing Will – This is a great episode! It’s so complex it feels like it should be a 2-hour fare! All the relationships with characters made me watch it again DIRECTLY after seeing it the first time! – 4.5 stars

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