Poirot and his friend Captain Hastings find themselves investigating the murder of Count Foscatini, who was found in his flat. As it turns out, the dead man's valet, Mr. Graves, has been dating Miss Lemon and has been less than honest with her about his profession. As for the dead nobleman, the police believe he was being blackmailed. The Italian Embassy denies any knowledge of the man and denies that he had any official role in the country. Poirot doubts the veracity of their claims but also concludes that others are lying as well. Written by
Hastings is surprised when Miss Lemon arrives late to work, but Poirot is nonplussed in "The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman." Poirot knows that Miss Lemon has been dating one Mr. Graves, secretary to Count Foscatini. Actually, Mr. Graves wants to discuss a matter of some stolen papers with Poirot. Poirot really can't help him as the sensitivity of the documents precludes Graves from saying anything more.
When Count Foscatini is found dead, Poirot, Hastings, and Japp are on the case. The first thing they find out is that Mr. Graves is a valet, not a secretary. The police think Foscatini was a victim of blackmail. The Italian Embassy claims not to know him. Poirot thinks they're lying, but also that they're not the only ones.
Excellent episode. I don't know why Hastings, Lemon, and Japp weren't always around. They add so much to the episodes when they're present. The solution to this one is clever, and it occurs to Poirot when he's looking in the mirror that he's been studying this case the wrong way.
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