The Veiled Lady

  • Hercule Poirot
  • Short Story
  • 1923

Lady Millicent is soon to be married but an old lover is blackmailing her, threatening to send her future husband an old love letter she wrote. Lady Millicent implores Poirot to find the letter, but will he have to turn to crime to do so? From Poirot's Early Cases and Poirot Investigates (US).

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Blackmail and manipulation in this classic case for Poirot, who was relieved to be asked, having been bored with his work of late. So bored, in fact, that he tells Hastings it must be because the criminals are frightened by his reputation (Hastings politely disagrees).

This was first published as a book in the US version of the collection Poirot Investigates (1925), and wouldn’t appear in a UK collection until Poirot’s Early Cases (1974).

This story was adapted for the TV series Agatha Christie’s Poirot in 1990 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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