Poirot is thrilled to receive an invitation from renowned Belgian actress Marie Marvelle. She has been receiving anonymous notes about the Western Star, a valuable diamond purchased by her husband at a cut-rate price several years before. The notes speak to the mystical nature of the diamonds and that they should be returned to their rightful owners. The next day, Lady Yardly claims to have received similar notes about her own fabulous diamond, the Eastern Star. When Poirot and Hastings visit Lord and Lady Yardly the diamond is stolen in a daring robbery. Needless to say, none of this sits well with Poirot who finds he has a very tight knot to untie. Written by
Poirot is seen placing a card with the words "Mlle. Marie Marvelle." on top of the flowers he has brought with him to the apartment before putting final touches to the tea table.
When he gazes at the bouquet before he picks it up later on, the card is nowhere to be seen. See more »
I have always loved Agatha Christie: Poirot, and while The Adventure of the Western Star is not one of my favourites of the short-story adaptations(Wasp's Nest, The Chocolate Box, The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman, The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb, Mystery at Hunters Lodge and Four and Twenty Blackbirds) it is one of the better ones with my only real complaint being the not so convincing accent of the actress playing Marie. Other than that, it was sumptuously shot and looks absolutely splendid in detail. The music further enhances the mood, often beautiful and often haunting. The writing is consistently, with some of the series' funniest moments, with Poirot's bow in the doorway, Japp hiding in the bushes and Poirot's lines about ice cold detective prowess(or something like that) and Why is it the misfortune of Poirot to be among such philistines? The story is very tightly constructed with every single scene relevant to the story. David Suchet is adorable, dapper, funny and somewhat adorable too here. Phillip Jackson and Pauline Moran support him wonderfully while Hugh Fraser gives one of his finest performances of the series in this episode, there is something about Hastings' naivety that I find amusing. All in all, a very good episode. 8.5/10 Bethany Cox
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