The beautiful actress Jane Wilkinson made no secret of the fact that she wanted to exchange her husband for another, still wealthier, one. So when he is found murdered, all eyes turn to her, especially since she was seen entering his study only moments before the body was found. She asks famed detective Hercule Poirot to help clear her name. But how can he believe in the innocence of a woman who tried to hire him once before - to get rid of her husband?
First published in 1933 and as Thirteen at Dinner in the USA. The first film version was released in 1934 by Real Arts in England. It starred Austin Trevor in his third appearance as Hercule Poirot. It was adapted for television in the 1985 film, Thirteen for Dinner by Warner Brothers. In this version Hercule Poirot meets the actress Jane Wilkinson when he appears on the David Frost television show. It starred Peter Ustinov as Poirot, as well as Jonathan Cecil, Faye Dunaway, Lee Horsley and David Suchet as Inspector Japp. The novel was also adapted with David Suchet as Poirot in 1999 by LWT in England and with A&E in the U.S. When the novel was published it was described as "A triumph" by The Times Literary Supplement. Noted crime critic Julian Symonds selected this book as one of the best by Agatha Christie. Agatha Christie wrote this novel in Ninevah on an archaeological dig with Max Mallowan.
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