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 »
This is one of the more faithful story adaptations of the series. Poirot and Hastings are consulted by an actress who has received threatening letters regarding The Western Star, the large diamond given to her by her husband. Poirot offers to keep the diamond safe, but the actress wants to take it to Yardley Chase to show it off to Lady Yardley, who is said to have a large diamond of her own. The next day, while Poirot is out, Hastings is visited by Lady Yardley. Hastings tells Lady Yardley that he knows that she must have received letters as well, and agrees that he will go with Poirot to Yardley Chase that evening. But when they get there, as Lady Yardley is getting ready to show them the diamond, the lights go out, Lady Yardley screams, and the diamond disappears. Can Poirot discover who has the diamond, and get it back to its rightful owner?
Since it is a faithful rendering of the story, it comes off quite well. The extra details that have been added by the writers are mildly amusing, and don't take anything away from the story. The actress in this version is supposed to be Belgian, and there is a bit of a running joke about how Poirot seems to be the only man in England who is aware that there is such a thing as a Belgian film star. And Japp, who spends the episode trying to bring to justice the man who is trying to buy the stolen diamond, has the rug pulled out from under him yet again at the end. Overall, quite a good retelling of the story but nothing special.
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