Murder in the Mews

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While her flatmate is away for the weekend, Barbara commits suicide. However Inspector Japp is sufficiently concerned about this case to call for the assistance of Hercule Poirot. From Murder in the Mews.

"To the ingenuity of Mrs Agatha Christie there is no end. She writes with Spartan simplicity, presents her clues fairly, and nearly always succeeds in simultaneously mystifying and satisfying her reader. This is no mean achievement in an art which is popularly supposed to be rapidly exhausting a limited stock of deception devices"

The Scotsman, 1937

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About this story

First released

December 1936 (short story in Woman's Journal, UK)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery, 
  • Locked Room

Formats

  • Short Story

Recurring characters

  • Poirot

Murder methods

Setting

  • House

When a young woman is found in a locked room having been shot, the police assume it’s suicide. However, when Poirot looks further he begins to suspect murder – would a right-handed woman shoot herself from the left?

A story of novella length, it was first published in Woman’s Journal in December 1936, and later formed one of four stories the collection, Murder in the Mews, published in 1937 by Collins. Robin Macartnay, draughtsman on the Mallowan's archaeological digs, again illustrated the jacket for the Crime Club edition.

It formed the second episode of the first series of ...

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When a young woman is found in a locked room having been shot, the police assume it’s suicide. However, when Poirot looks further he begins to suspect murder – would a right-handed woman shoot herself from the left?

A story of novella length, it was first published in Woman’s Journal in December 1936, and later formed one of four stories the collection, Murder in the Mews, published in 1937 by Collins. Robin Macartnay, draughtsman on the Mallowan's archaeological digs, again illustrated the jacket for the Crime Club edition.

It formed the second episode of the first series of Agatha Christie’s Poirot in 1989, starring David Suchet. Japp was played by Philip Jackson and it included the characters of Hastings (Hugh Fraser) and Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran).



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