Lord Edgware Dies

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A gold-digging actress is accused of murdering her husband. Can Poirot trust her?

"This story presents a most ingenious crime puzzle and a still more ingenious solution, all set forth with the consummate skill of which Agatha Christie is mistress."

The New York Times Book Review, 1933


About this story

First released

August 1933 (serialised in The American Magazine, US)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery, 
  • Detective

Formats

  • Novel, 
  • TV, 
  • Radio, 
  • Television Film

Recurring characters

  • Poirot, 
  • Chief Inspector Japp, 
  • Hastings

Murder methods

Setting

  • House

A beautiful actress, known to marry for money, is accused of the murder of her husband, the fourth Baron Edgware. She enlists Poirot’s help to clear her name in what appears to be a straightforward case.

Christie wrote much of this novel while on an excavation with her archaeologist husband, Max Mallowan, in Nimrud. In fact, she was so engrossed in writing that a recovered skeleton on the dig was swiftly christened Lord Edgware (whether or not he was murdered was a mystery for Max to solve).

Lord Edgware Dies was among the first of Christie’s works to ...

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A beautiful actress, known to marry for money, is accused of the murder of her husband, the fourth Baron Edgware. She enlists Poirot’s help to clear her name in what appears to be a straightforward case.

Christie wrote much of this novel while on an excavation with her archaeologist husband, Max Mallowan, in Nimrud. In fact, she was so engrossed in writing that a recovered skeleton on the dig was swiftly christened Lord Edgware (whether or not he was murdered was a mystery for Max to solve).

Lord Edgware Dies was among the first of Christie’s works to be adapted for film. In 1934 Austin Trevor took on the role of Poirot for the third time, directed by Henry Edwards. Peter Ustinov also starred in this story in 1985, under the original US title Thirteen at Dinner. The version was modernised and brought out of the 1930s. It also featured an appearance from David Suchet as Chief Inspector Japp. David Suchet would himself star as Poirot in the 2000 adaptation for TV, which added the character of Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran). In 2005, John Moffatt again voiced Poirot in the BBC Radio 4 dramatised version of the story.



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