Cat Among the Pigeons

  • Hercule Poirot
  • Novel
  • 1959

Unpleasant things are going on in an exclusive school for girls – things like murder… Late one night, two teachers investigate a mysterious flashing light in the sports pavilion, while the rest of the school sleeps. There, among the lacrosse sticks, they stumble upon the body of the unpopular games mistress – shot through the heart from point blank range. The school is thrown into chaos when the ‘cat’ strikes again. Unfortunately, schoolgirl Julia Upjohn knows too much. In particular, she knows that without Hercule Poirot’s help, she will be the next victim…

Everybody always knows something, even if it's something they don't know they know.

Adam Goodman, Cat Among the Pigeons

More about this story

A taste of political intrigue and international espionage for Poirot, all set in a girls’ school in England but the roots of the story are to be found in the Middle East. The story is a result of the same inspirations Agatha Christie found on her extensive travels, much like the novels The Man in the Brown Suit and They Came to Baghdad. Here we see them brought over to England.

The story was adapted for TV in 2008, and starred David Suchet. Parts of the plot were altered, such as Poirot’s appearance early on in the story, but overall the adaptation remained fairly close to the original novel.

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