At a flower show, an older woman in a wheelchair approaches Poirot, gives him an empty seed packet, and asks him to visit her the next day. When Poirot arrives the next day, the woman is dead, murdered with poison.
Poirot and Miss Lemon travel to Surrey to visit Miss Amelia Barrowby but arrive to learn that she has died during the night. Poirot had an odd encounter with her the previous day at a flower show when she made the odd gesture of giving him an empty seed packet. Upon returning home, he finds that she has written him seeking his assistance. Poirot suspects foul play and the pathologist confirms that the woman was poisoned with strychnine. Initial suspects are Miss Barrowby's niece and her husband, but when the dead woman's Russian companion runs away, Inspector Japp thinks he has the culprit. Poirot thinks otherwise. Written by
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Poirot, who is having a rose named for him, has a strange encounter in "How Does Your Garden Grow?" from 1991. He meets an elderly woman who gives a seed packet, which is empty. When he returns to his home, he finds a letter from the same woman asking him for help.
Poirot's assistant in this case is none other than Miss Lemon, who accompanies him to Surrey. However, the woman, Miss Amelia Barrowby, has died during the night. Poirot is certain that it was murder, and this is confirmed in the postmortem; she was poisoned with strychnine.
The original suspects include the woman's niece and her husband; then Miss Barrowby's Russian companion leaves abruptly. Japp is sure the companion did it; Poirot disagrees.
Good mystery, with poor Hastings derailed by allergies, necessitating Miss Lemon accompanying Poirot. Beautifully photographed, and you can't beat Suchet as Poirot.
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