Appointment with Death (Poirot)

July 1, 2016 - Comment

A repugnant Amercian widow is killed during a trip to Petra…Among the towering red cliffs of Petra, like some monstrous swollen Buddha, sat the corpse of Mrs Boynton. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist was the only sign of the fatal injection that had killed her. With only 24 hours available to solve the

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A repugnant Amercian widow is killed during a trip to Petra…Among the towering red cliffs of Petra, like some monstrous swollen Buddha, sat the corpse of Mrs Boynton. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist was the only sign of the fatal injection that had killed her. With only 24 hours available to solve the mystery, Hercule Poirot recalled a chance remark he’d overheard back in Jerusalem: ‘You see, don’t you, that she’s got to be killed?’ Mrs Boynton was, indeed, the most detestable woman he’d ever met…

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Antoinette Klein says:

Psychological Study of A Family Makes For Great Mystery It is not uncommon for a mystery writer to delve into the psychological study of a character. What makes “Appointment With Death” stand out is that Christie does a psychological study on an entire family. The emotionally unbalanced Boyntons consist of the cruelly sadistic Mrs. Boynton, the near-schizophrenic daughter Ginevra, stepchildren Raymond and Carol who are eager to escape the confines of their stepmother, an older stepson Lennox and his wife Nadine who remains alone in being…

Jeanne Tassotto says:

Can’t Poirot EVER get some time off? Hercule Poirot has decided to take a vacation to the Middle East. One his first night in Jerusalem he overhears a bit of conversation – “You do see, don’t you, that she’s got to be killed?” He assumes that he has heard two people collaborating on a book or play, smiles to himself as he muses that crime seems to follow him everywhere. Of course the conversation comes back to haunt him as he again crosses paths with the speakers. 

E. A Solinas says:

The murder of a loathsome person “You see, don’t you, that she’s got to be killed?” 

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