Hastings is invited by his friend Charles Arundell to be at hand when he tries to break a water speed record on a Berkshire country lake, but his boat's engine fails him. At a subsequent reception at the estate of Charles' well-to-do aunt, Poirot and the other guests witness her refusal to continue to underwrite Charles' expensive hobby, and he threatens her. Later, when she is almost killed in a freak accident involving her pet fox terrier Bob, she confides to Poirot that she suspects a family member of trying to kill her to gain part of her estate. The detective advises her to disinherit her grasping relatives and name a friend as beneficiary. Despite this precaution, she dies abruptly under questionable circumstances, but the local authorities refuse to authorize an autopsy. Suspecting foul play, Poirot looks to his wits as well as the Arundell dog, who remains a silent witness to murder. Written by
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"This dog is very clever" Poirot says "He must be Belgian!"
A delightful adaptation of another Christie's classic : aptly titled cause the main witness is a dog .But only Poirot can communicate with him.
Mrs Arundell is a wealthy aunt and she has got nephews and nieces waiting for their inheritance .In her desirable mansion,on the bank of a lake where one of the nephews tries to break speed record ,strange things happen.
This is an absorbing episode in the POirot brilliant miniseries involving initials (which might or might not be those of the murderer) ,a dumb witness (Bob the dog) ,and an eerie side -which frequently shows in Christie's books : Emily Arundell's death is almost supernatural ("Her soul is flying away ") and there is a medium who talks to the Dead .
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