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Ariadne Oliver asks Poirot to assist her in discovering the truth of an old crime: did the wife kill the husband or vice versa?

‘Splendid… she tells us all we want to know and nothing that is irrelevant.’

The Times, 1973


About this story

First released

February 1973 (serialised in Star Weekly Novel, Canada)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery, 
  • Detective

Formats

  • Radio Play, 
  • Novel, 
  • TV

Recurring characters

  • Poirot, 
  • Ariadne Oliver, 
  • Miss Felicity Lemon, 
  • Mr. Goby, 
  • Superintendent Spence

Murder methods

Setting

  • House

This story is part of Agatha Christie’s murder in retrospect series, a collection of stories which look at a crime several years after the fact, piecing together testimonials and witness reports to finally uncover the truth. This time we see Mrs Oliver’s goddaughter, attempting to find out the truth about her deceased parents – who killed whom?

It was adapted for Radio in 2006, with a full cast including John Moffatt reprising his role as Poirot and Julie McKenzie (better known for her portrayal of Miss Marple) took on the role of Mrs Oliver. In 2013 the story was ...

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This story is part of Agatha Christie’s murder in retrospect series, a collection of stories which look at a crime several years after the fact, piecing together testimonials and witness reports to finally uncover the truth. This time we see Mrs Oliver’s goddaughter, attempting to find out the truth about her deceased parents – who killed whom?

It was adapted for Radio in 2006, with a full cast including John Moffatt reprising his role as Poirot and Julie McKenzie (better known for her portrayal of Miss Marple) took on the role of Mrs Oliver. In 2013 the story was adapted as part of the final series of Agatha Christie’s Poirot and featured David Suchet and Zoë Wanamaker in the lead roles.



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