En route to the train station to attend a disarmament conference in Paris, the Prime Minister's car is attacked by what the press describe as ruffians. The PM is slightly injured and does make it across the Channel to French soil, but never arrives in Paris. Poirot is called in by senior government officials as it appears the Prime Minister has been kidnapped. He soon comes to the conclusion however that the evidence from the first attack doesn't quite add up and all is not what it seems. Written by
Poirot and Hastings are called in to find "The Kidnapped Prime Minister" in this episode of "Agatha Christie's Poirot." There was a failed assassination attempt on the Prime Minister already, and he was left with a head injury when the bullet grazed him. The following day, he is on his way to a summit in France when his car is hijacked and the Prime Minister is kidnapped.
Inspector Japp recommends to the heads of state that Poirot as the man to put on the case, as there are only 32 hours left before this summit, where the Prime Minister can help to keep Germany from rearming.
Japp soon regrets his recommendation and sees his pension go down the drain as Poirot has his own way of investigating, to the annoyance of everyone. He concentrates on the assassination attempt rather than the kidnapping.
Very good mystery, though again, I had the crucial part figured out -- I've seen too many mysteries, I guess. Nevertheless, Poirot is in top form, smiling but firm as he investigates, and he has Hastings and Miss Lemon helping out. Hastings, in fact, has a good assignment in this episode.
I so prefer these earlier episodes to some of the longer episodes done later, where the writing seemed to change Poirot's personality to something grim. This one is highly recommended.
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