Poirot stumbles on the murder scene of philandering Dr Christow in a country house as his wife standing next to him with a revolver in her hand.

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Lucy Angkatell
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Gudgeon
Claire Price ...
Gerda Christow
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Tom Georgeson ...
Inspector Grange
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Sir Henry Angkatell
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Midge Hardcastle
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Edward Angkatell (as Jamie De Courcey)
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Victor Simms
Lucy Briers ...
Beryl Collins
Dale Rapley ...
Sergeant Coombes
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Elsie Patterson (as Theresa Churcher)
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While spending the weekend at his cottage outside London, Hercule Poirot is invited to dinner by Sir Henry and Lady Angkatell. Leaving immediately after dinner, he returns the next day to find that a weekend guest, John Christo, has been shot dead. There is any number of suspects: his former lover, Veronica Cray whom he had not seen for 12 years but suddenly turned up at a nearby cottage; his wife, Gerda who was deeply hurt by his womanizing; his current mistress Henrietta Savernake; Midge Hardcastle, who was very much in love with him, but whom he constantly ignored; and Edward Angkatell, who was in love with Midge. What Poirot finds however is that the evidence equally implicates everyone just a little too equally for it all to be just by chance. Written by garykmcd

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26 September 2004 (USA)  »

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When Henrietta doodles, she always sketches a stylized tree that she calls Yggdrasil. In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is a giant ash tree that represents Viking cosmology, with the branches standing for different parallel worlds. "Heaven" is at the top and Hel is at the bottom. The world we experience is on one of the middle branches. See more »

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Henrietta Savernake: I wish I wasn't so dreadfully fond of you, Edward. It makes it so much harder to go on saying no.
Edward Angkatell: What you really mean is that you won't marry me becasue of John Christow. Why doesn't the fellow get a divorce?
Henrietta Savernake: Because!
Edward Angkatell: That's it, isn't it? If there were no John Christow in the world, you'd marry me...
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Melancholy but excellent
29 September 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Excellent work all around especially by the actress who played the wife Gerda (Claire Price) as well, of course, as David Suchet. I did really figure out whodunit but that is beside the point. The ending, which I won't divulge (someone describes it on the Board in answer to someone else's question if you are interested.) I found really sad. Despite Agatha Christie's reputation for writing cardboard characters, I thought these really well-rounded by and large.

The pacing of the story was good and I enjoyed seeing Sarah Miles as Lucy and Edward Hardwicke (Cedric's son I believe in addition to being a well-known Dr. Watson.)) as her husband.


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