Sad Cypress (Hercule Poirot)

January 22, 2017 - Comment

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatization starring John Moffatt as the great Belgian detective Elinor Carlisle and Roddy Welman are the model English couple, perfect companions set for a life of ease when they inherit Aunt Laura s considerable fortune. But a poison-pen letter begins a chain of events that is to end in tragedy.

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A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatization starring John Moffatt as the great Belgian detective

Elinor Carlisle and Roddy Welman are the model English couple, perfect companions set for a life of ease when they inherit Aunt Laura s considerable fortune. But a poison-pen letter begins a chain of events that is to end in tragedy.

Convinced that Mary Gerrard, a childhood playmate of Elinor s, is attempting to ingratiate herself with her aunt for financial gain, the pair travel to the family home to investigate. They find no evidence, but Roddy falls desperately in love with the beautiful Mary, little realizing that beneath Elinor s restrained and unemotional exterior lies an almost obsessive passion for him.

Elinor obeys her aunt s deathbed wish despite her heartbreak and gives Mary a large bequest from the estate. But when Mary is found poisoned, the evidence against Elinor is damning. It s up to Hercule Poirot to find out if the case is as simple as it seems.”

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Franklin the Mouse says:

Ms. Christie Sure Did Love Her Poisons ‘Sad Cypress’ was published in 1940. The story makes a passing reference about Princess Elizabeth’s possible suitors for a husband. It surprised me on how long Queen Elizabeth has been kicking around. I also found it amusing how some of the older characters were complaining about how the younger generations were lazy and irresponsible. I’ve heard this tripe griping by older people since I was a teenager back in the 1970s. The more things change, the more they remain the same. Mr. Poirot only…

G. C. says:

Agatha Christie Junkie Speaks I’m an Agatha Christie Junkie. I’m in the process of reading all of her books – this is a personal goal of mine! Well, I am starting with the good ones first. I define good as those with above a 4.5 rating on Amazon and also mentioned frequently on the top best lists. This is definitely an overlooked gem! It often gets neglected due to the fame of “Ten Little Indians” and “Murder on the Orient Express”. While this book may not have as big of a ‘twist’ as some of her other works, like “Who…

Pipoy1704 says:

slow building but good reader nevertheless As an avid reader of Poirot novels, I have to say that this is one of my least favorite: The book is rather slow building, and we don’t see a lot of Poirot until at least the 2nd half of the book. Furthermore, the characters are not so intriguing or enticing, compared to characters of typical Poirot novel. I would have wish for more humour.. and more of Poirot. The denouement is also rather disappointing (rare for Christie), as Poirot is here very understated and … well that is enough for…

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