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 is at a flower show when he is approached by an elderly lady in a wheelchair, Amelia Barrowby. She anxiously gives Poirot an empty seed packet and asks him to visit her the next day. Poirot does visit her the next day but is too late - she is dead, poisoned. Suspicion immediately falls on Ms Barrowby's Russian assistant, Katrina Reiger, who is now nowhere to be found.
Quite interesting and intriguing. The murderer is not obvious and there are a few decent twists and red herrings along the way. The conclusion is quite animated, and comical.
Nice sub-plot involving Hastings and Miss Lemon switching roles. Hasting proves that he is naive even when dealing with simple things like paying bills.
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