How Does Your Garden Grow?

  • Hercule Poirot
  • Short Story
  • 1935

A woman is poisoned after giving Poirot an empty packet of seeds. When Poirot discovers she had sent him a letter requesting his help, he immediately sets to work.

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What does an empty seed packet have to do with a woman's murder? The only obvious suspect has fled and Poirot is sure the man was innocent.

The story appeared in the Ladies Home Journal in 1935, and was not published in book form until 1939 in the US collection The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories. It was finally published in the UK in 1974 in the UK collection Poirot's Early Cases. In 1991 it was adapted for TV and starred David Suchet as Poirot. The adaptation included the characters of Hastings (Hugh Fraser), Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) and Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran).

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