Hercule Poirot accompanies his friend Captain Hastings on a weekend shooting party at the home of Harrington Pace, but he isn't having a very good time. He comes down with the flu and takes to his bed but when Pace is shot dead in his study, he rises to the occasion to assist Inspector Japp in solving the case. Pace was not very likable and treated those around him badly. He refused to acknowledge his illegitimate half brother, who worked on the family estate as the gamekeeper, refusing him even a small loan that would allow him to marry. His two nephews did not benefit from the family wealth having been told they may inherit something on this death. The solution to the case lies in correctly identifying the mysterious housekeeper, Mrs. Middleton, whom Pace had hired for a month and determining her exact role in this mysterious affair. Written by
London-bound trains are running to "King's Cross", yet they are marked LMS (London, Midland & Scottish Railway) and are decked in the LMS crimson lake corporate livery. Kings Cross was the London terminal for the London & North Eastern Railway, not LMS. Instead, London-bound LMS trains ran to St Pancras, their own terminus, ironically on the other side of the street from King's Cross. See more »
Hercule Poirot has to solve the murder of an unsympathetic rich patriarch at a remote hunter's lodge; the nephew of the victim is a friend of Captain Hastings and is the one who had invited them there. In addition to the baffling case, Poirot has one more problem: he has caught a bad cold.
The problem with "The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge" is that it immediately drops you into the story, without properly introducing the half-dozen or so characters that play an important part in it. So the story seems a bit too cluttered, especially in the 50-minute format. However, the snowy locations and the wintry cold are atmospheric, and there is also a very well-trained little dog that helps a lot in solving the mystery. (**1/2)
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