After spending a bit of a holiday in Paris, Poirot finds himself on a flight to London with an odd assortment of people, some of whom he had met during his stay. When one of the passengers, Madame Gisele, is murdered during the flight by a poisoned dart, Poirot is asked by Inspector Japp of Scotland Yard to assist with the investigation. Gisele was a well-known moneylender with penchant towards blackmail. When Lady Horbury denies knowing the dead woman - which Poirot knows is false - the police clearly have their prime suspect. Poirot however, sees a far more complex plot to gain access to the victims money. Written by
Philip Jackson, who played Japp in this version, also played Japp in a BBC Radio 4 production of Death in the Clouds. Poirot was played by John Moffatt See more »
The story is set in the summer of 1935 and much of it takes place on board a Douglas DC-3. But the Douglas DC-3 had its maiden flight shortly before Christmas that year and it was not introduced into service until 1936. See more »
Hercule Poirot is on a plane from Paris to London when one of the other passengers, Madame Giselle, is murdered. The murder weapon appears to be poison, delivered from a dart fired from a South American blowpipe. On board was Lady Horbury who owed the murdered woman a great deal of money - she is the prime suspect. Soon after Madame Giselle's death is announced, her daughter appears in Paris to claim her inheritance, but then soon disappears. A cross-channel investigation into Madame Giselle's murder, involving Chief Inspector Japp, the French police and Poirot, commences.
Intriguing, as always. However, too complex though to figure out for yourself. The best Agatha Christie stories are where you can figure it out for yourself, or at least come close to figuring it out, before Poirot reveals the plot. This is not one of those. Still very entertaining though.
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