Elephants Can Remember


First published: 1972


  • Falling/Being Pushed
  • Gunshot

A Hercule Poirot and Ariadne Oliver story


Elephants Can Remember

Elephants Can Remember

Hercule Poirot stood on the cliff-top. For here, many years earlier, there had been a tragic accident – the broken body of a woman was discovered on the rocks at the foot of the cliff. This was followed by the grisly discovery of two more bodies – a husband and wife – shot dead. But who had killed whom? Was it a suicide pact? A crime of passion? Or cold-blooded murder? Poirot delves back into a crime committed 15 years earlier and discovers that, when there is a distinct lack of physical evidence, it’s just as well that ‘old sins leave long shadows.'

Elephants can remember, but we are human beings and mercifully human beings can forget.

Ariadne Oliver, Elephants Can Remember

More about this story

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.

Did you know?

  1. The character, Superintendent Spence, had previously appeared in Taken at the Flood, Mrs McGinty's Dead and Hallowe'en Party.

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