An obnoxious man who outbid Poirot at an auction for an antique mirror is murdered after seeking Poirot's assistance to look into the dealings of his business associate.



(short story "Dead Man's Mirror"), (dramatisation)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Iain Cuthbertson ...
Gervase Chevenix
Emma Fielding ...
Ruth Chevenix
Fiona Walker ...
Miss Lingard
Zena Walker ...
Vanda Chevenix
Hugo Trent
Susan Cardwell
Jon Croft ...
John Rolfe ...
Derek Smee ...


Poirot is outbid at an auction for an antique mirror by the dislikeable Gervais Chevenix, who requests Poirot's attendance at his country home as he believes he is being defrauded by a business associate, John Lake. Poirot arrives at the Chevenix house with Hastings and meets Chevenix's wife Vanda, an eccentric who believes in reincarnation and predicts a death in the household, his adopted daughter Ruth and her cousin Hugo,a struggling manufacturer of tubular steel furniture, who will inherit Chevenix's money if they marry and Miss Lingard, a secretary helping Chevenix research a book he is writing. Hugo is engaged to Susan and Ruth has already married Lake in secret. As the household are dressing for dinner, the butler sounds the gong to summon them, and then a shot rings out. Vanda's prophecy has come true and her husband has been murdered. Written by don @ minifie-1

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28 February 1993 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
Auctioneer: Ladies and gentlemen, lot 22. An Esker Brant wrought iron wall mirror and console table. I shall open the bidding at thirty pounds. Do I see thirty pounds? Thirty pounds.
Captain Hastings: This what you came for, Poirot?
Hercule Poirot: Yes, it is, Hastings; I thought for the vestibule, you know, by the door.
Auctioneer: Forty pounds.
Captain Hastings: How high will you go?
Hercule Poirot: Ninety pounds.
Auctioneer: Fifty pounds.
Hercule Poirot: It will be enough.
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one of the better Poirot episodes
26 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hercule Poirot is hired by a man who just outbid him on an antique mirror. The man, Gervase Chevenix, invites Poirot to his country home and explains that he believes his business partner, John Lake, has committed fraud against him.

What he doesn't know is that his daughter Ruth is secretly married to Lake. Poirot accepts his offer to travel to his country home and take on a case.

It's evident observing the household that Gervase is powerful, manipulative, and that no one can stand him. His nephew Hugh wants his uncle to invest in a new project, but Gervase wants him to marry Ruth first. Besides the fact that Ruth is already married, Hugh is engaged to someone else, Susan.

So no surprise when Gervase is found dead, but at first, it appears to be a suicide. Poirot thinks differently. Gervase had a new, unsigned will, which convinces Poirot that it is murder.

Excellent story, with a fine performance by Iain Cuthbertson as Gervase. Hugh Frasier is on hand as Hastings. One of the stronger stories, with color characters, strong production values, and the usual wonderful work by Suchet as Poirot.

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