Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds: A Hercule Poirot Short Story

June 16, 2016 - Comment

Hercule Poirot is about to tuck into a very traditional English supper with his old friend Bonnington when a lone diner sparks his interest. Like clockwork, the man has eaten at the restaurant on Thursdays and Tuesdays for the last 10 years, but no one on the staff knows his name. When “Old Father Time”,

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Hercule Poirot is about to tuck into a very traditional English supper with his old friend Bonnington when a lone diner sparks his interest. Like clockwork, the man has eaten at the restaurant on Thursdays and Tuesdays for the last 10 years, but no one on the staff knows his name. When “Old Father Time”, as they have fondly nicknamed him, suddenly stops coming, Poirot believes that he might have picked up the one essential clue that could shed light on this mysterious man. Could what Old Father Time ordered as his final meal provide the key?

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P. C. Irwin says:

24 blackbirds All a question of timing : Who died first? Any settlement of the money must show the critical timing and sequence of who died first; If it’s Anthony, then Henry gets the money, if it’s Henry, then who gets the money? A pretty dish, indeed!

So Petite says:

A clever tale. See if you will solve the mystery in the same way. FOUR and Twenty Blackbirds is one Christie ‘s best short stories. The details to the climax were clever. I couldn’t believe that Poriot could wrap this ending so easily with so little information from which to draw.

mysteryreader says:

Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds (Short Story e-book) As usual, Poroit delivers.It was, however, somewhat obvious from the beginning whatthe basis of the result was. Still enjoyable to read,

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