Poirot receives taunting letters from a serial killer who appears to choose his victims and crime scenes alphabetically.

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Cust
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Franklin Clarke
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Megan Barnard
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Mary Drower
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Thora Grey
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Vivienne Burgess ...
Lady Clarke
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Franz Ascher
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Hastings returns to Britain after a long absence to find Poirot anxious for a new case which will challenge his gray cells. Poirot quickly gets his wish in the form of taunting letters from a serial killer who has dubbed himself ABC and who leaves an ABC railroad schedule at the scene of each crime. The victims as well as the crime scenes appear to be chosen randomly, but maintain an obsessive adherence to alphabetical order. However, Poirot grows to believe that the killer is not the madman the authorities believe, but a methodical murderer with a very tangible motive. Written by G. Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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5 January 1992 (UK)  »

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Trivia

The credits showing on the Doncaster cinema screen must come from Number 17 (1932) as this is the only Alfred Hitchcock film with a cast including Barry Jones, Ann Casson, Henry Caine and Garry Marsh. See more »

Goofs

In Doncaster, as Mr. Cust is getting up, to leave the theater, he turns to his left, but when, at the end of the movie, when the real murderer is revealed, and that scene is played, Mr. Cust is seen turning to his right, to leave the theater. See more »

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Well done, well acted
29 January 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

The book is a good one and it has been well dramatized here. Donald Sumpter is excellent as the travelling salesman, Cust.

It's unlike other Christies in that most of the victims are not wealthy or aristocratic. The scenes in the Andover shop and at Bexhill are (perhaps unintentionally) touching. The deaths are really sad -- which is almost never the case in a Christie book, where murder is only a chance for an interesting puzzle and the victim is quite often a nasty tyrant whom almost everyone wants dead. When Hastings is moved by the scene in Andover, Poirot brushes his comments aside, saying they must not succumb to sentimentality.

Entertaining. Recommended.


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