The Incredible Theft

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Lord Charles Mayfield is throwing a house party to conceal a meeting to discuss top-secret plans for a fighter plane, as well as catching out a spy in the process. But when the plans are snatched only Hercule Poirot can solve the mystery... 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."

The Scotsman, 1937



About this story

First released

March 1937 (short story collection, Collins)

Genre

  • Detective

Formats

  • Short Story, 
  • TV

Recurring characters

  • Poirot

Setting

  • House

Self-made millionaire, Lord Charles Mayfield is throwing a house party, what better way to conceal the true nature of a meeting to discuss top-secret plans for a fighter plane, as well as catching out a spy in the process.  But the plans are snatched and only Poirot can uncover the truth.

An expanded version The Submarine Plans, which was serialised in six instalments in the Daily Express from April 1937, The Incredible Theft first appeared in the collection Murder in the Mews in the UK later that year, but was not published in the original US edition.

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Self-made millionaire, Lord Charles Mayfield is throwing a house party, what better way to conceal the true nature of a meeting to discuss top-secret plans for a fighter plane, as well as catching out a spy in the process.  But the plans are snatched and only Poirot can uncover the truth.

An expanded version The Submarine Plans, which was serialised in six instalments in the Daily Express from April 1937, The Incredible Theft first appeared in the collection Murder in the Mews in the UK later that year, but was not published in the original US edition.

The story was adapted for TV in 1989, as part of the first season of Agatha Christie’s Poirot starring David Suchet. The TV adaptation also added the characters of Hastings (Hugh Fraser), Japp (Philip Jackson) and Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran).



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