Appointment with Death (1988) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Emily Boynton, step-mother to the three Boynton children and mother to Ginevra, blackmails the family lawyer, Jefferson Cope, into destroying a second will of her late husband which would have freed the childern from her dominating influence. She takes herself and the children on holiday to Europe and the Holy Land. In Jerusalem, Hercule Poirot meets up with a woman friend, Dr. King who falls in love with Raymond Boynton to Emily's disapproval. Lady Westholme, her secretary and Cope are following them too. The children discover about the second will and Emily succeeds in rubbing the rest up the wrong way causing much hatred towards her. At a dig, everybody wonders about the camp and Emily is found dead... poisoned. Poirot investigates...

    - Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>
  • When Emily Boynton is found dead at an archaeological dig near the Dead Sea, there are a great many suspects. Boynton is a harridan, a former prison wardress who dominates the lives of her three adult stepchildren and her daughter. She is loud and rude, much to the dislike of Lady Westholme, a transplanted American Anglophile and member of the British government and Miss Quinton, the archaeologist in charge of the dig. Also present is Jefferson Cope, the family attorney whom she blackmailed into destroying her late husband's most recent will, thereby ensuring she would inherit everything. By the time of her death, Hercule Poirot has been traveling with this group for several days and already knows a good deal about them. He is more than happy to accept a request from his friend, Colonel Carbury, to assist the authorities in their investigation.

    - Written by garykmcd


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