The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan

  • Hercule Poirot
  • Short Story
  • 1923

A pearl necklace is stolen from a hotel room – only two people could have done it. From Poirot Investigates.

More about this story

Poirot can’t resist a case, even when holidaying in Brighton with Hastings. When a necklace goes missing, the case is a simple matter of logic for the little Belgian.

This was only the second of Agatha Christie's short stories to appear in print. In the UK, it appeared in The Sketch magazine on the 14th March 1923 as The Curious Disappearance of the Opalsen Pearls and in the US it appeared in October 1923 as Mrs Opalsen's Pearls.

The story was first published as a book in the collection Poirot Investigates, 1924, by Bodley Head. The story was adapted for the TV series Agatha Christie’s Poirot in 1993, starring David Suchet, and like many of the other early episodes, included the characters of Hastings, Japp and Miss Lemon, regardless of whether or not they appeared in the original text. It was adapted as the first episode of the Japanese anime Agatha Christie's Great Detectives in 2004, which involved Poirot teaming up with Miss Marple's great niece.

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