Problem at Sea

  • Hercule Poirot
  • Short Story
  • 1939

A hypochondriac woman is found dead in her cabin on a ship to Egypt. From Poirot’s Early Cases and The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories.

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An unpleasant wife is found dead in her cabin on a ship on the way to Egypt. Poirot, having kept a close ear on the conversations of the group, is quick to spot a murderer.

This story was initially called Poirot and the Crime in the Cabin when it appeared in The Strand Magazine but had its title revised when it first appeared in book form in the US collection The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories in 1939. It was not published in the UK until the 1974 collection Poirot’s Early Cases.

This story was adapted for the TV series Agatha Christie’s Poirot in 1989 and starred David Suchet in the title role. He was accompanied by Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) and Miss Felicity Lemon (Pauline Moran) in many of the cases, regardless of whether or not they appeared in the original text.

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