Poirot is enlisted by Japp to help solve a mystery that took place on Bonfire Night in a mews flat. A Mrs. Allen was found shot, apparently a suicide, but she was holding the gun that killed her in the wrong hand, and foul play is suspected. Furthermore, the ash-tray in the room contained the stubs of Turkish cigarettes smoked by one Major Eustace, a disreputable acquaintance.The victim was engaged to be married and seemingly had no cause to take her own life. Did she? Or was it murder in the mews? Written by
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David Yelland, who plays Laverton West here, later returned as a series regular. He played Poirot's valet, George, in seven episodes from 2006-2013. See more »
The golf clubs owned by the victim are supposed to be left hand, however, when the victim's room mate is seen using them on the golf course she is swinging right handed. See more »
Hastings, my friend, tell me: to blow up the English Parliament, was it a sin or a noble deed?
Oh, it's no good asking me, old son. I was never much of a one for politics. Where's Mrs Japp tonight, then?
Chief Inspector Japp:
She can't abide fireworks.
Ah, the noise disturbs the delicate sensibilities of many ladies.
Chief Inspector Japp:
Maybe, maybe. I think it's more that she doesn't like to see people enjoying themselves.
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The second episode of Poirot sees an increased role for Inspector Japp. During Guy Fawkes Night Hasting mentions that it is a good night to commit a murder as a gunshot could sound like a firework.
The next day a body of a young woman is found near to where Hasting made his remark. comments to his companions - Poirot and Japp - that this would be the perfect night for a murder as a gunshot would be mistaken for a firecracker. The next day and very near the place where Hastings made his comment a body of a young woman is found dead, a gunshot wound that looks like suicide but Poirot and Japp are not convinced.
The young lady was engaged to a prominent and politically ambitious man who takes the news of her death coldly. She also knew a Major Eustace from her days in India and he arouses suspicion. Then there is the case of her female room mate who is behaving erratically such as playing golf and bending all the clubs.
Once again the episode features attention to period detail and the art deco look. Poirot brings out humour even absurdity such as at the beginning when he complains of his shirts from the Chinese laundry and how Hasting helped Miss Lemon translate to them.
Then there is Poirot playing a round of golf and he turns out to be rather good at it. He also teams up well with Japp, you see the little grey cells whirring and the mystery features a twist on the murder made to look suicide trope.
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