Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case: Hercule Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)

August 29, 2013 - Comment

The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly to Captain Hastings: there was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara, Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife Daisy, and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington. So Hastings was shocked when Poirot declared that

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The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly to Captain Hastings: there was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara, Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife Daisy, and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington.

So Hastings was shocked when Poirot declared that one of them was a five-times murderer. True, the ageing detective was crippled with arthritis, but had his deductive instincts finally deserted him?…

The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly to Captain Hastings: there was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara, Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife Daisy, and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington.

So Hastings was shocked when Poirot declared that one of them was a five-times murderer. True, the ageing detective was crippled with arthritis, but had his deductive instincts finally deserted him?…

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Gary F. Taylor "GFT" says:

Poriot’s Last Case Christie herself regarded the character with a mixture of bemused affection and frustration, and frequently expressed the wish that she had never created such an eccentric character–but of all her creations, Hercule Poroit was the most popular with the reading public. Indeed, such was the public’s devotion that in the 1940s or 1950s Christie became concerned that others might attempt to “franchise” the character after her death, resurrecting him for other novels for the sake of a…

Geert Daelemans says:

The best obituary Poirot could have gotten Hercule Poirot, the little Belgian detective has returned to Styles Court, the scene of his first English adventure in crime for his final case. But now the handsome country mansion is a guest house and Poirot, old and arthritic, is one of the guests. He invites Captain Hastings to join him and then reveals the reason for his request. Poirot informs his old friend that they are “here to hunt down a murderer.” And to find out who is the killer, first a murder has to be committed. But who will be…

Antoinette Klein says:

Ring Down the Curtain on Christie’s Master Detective “Nothing is so sad, in my opinion,” muses Captain Hastings, “as the devastation wrought by age.” In this final outing for the inimitable Hercule Poirot and his loyal friend Arthur Hastings, the body may be weak but Poirot’s brain is still functioning magnificently. A murder will be committed, the famous detective tells his friend, and Hastings must function as Poirot’s legs. Aging and failing in health, the once energetic Poirot is now confined to a wheelchair. However,…

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