Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 3, Episode 8

The Mystery of the Spanish Chest (17 Feb. 1991)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The Mystery of the Spanish Chest (original title)

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Poirot is asked to protect a woman from her violent husband, but events take a turn when the husband soon becomes the victim of a gruesome murder.

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Lady Chatterton asks for Poirot's assistance when she comes to fear for the safety of her friend, Marguerite Clayton. Specifically, she is convinced that Marguerite's husband Edward Clayton, known for his violent temper, will kill her. Poirot is invited to a party in order to meet Clayton, but he never shows up. The next day, Poirot finds himself being interviewed by Inspector Japp when Edward Clayton's body is found hidden in an elaborate Spanish chest located in the same room as the party the previous evening. When Marguerite's friend Major Rich is arrested for the murder, Poirot correctly deduces the true nature of the crime and the identity of the culprit. Written by garykmcd

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Chief Inspector Japp: [to Poirot] I don't know why I bother sometimes. I may as well stay at home and do my garden. Who do you want me to arrest now?
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Very Interesting and unusual
16 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A man who is in love with his friend Mr Clayton's wife plants thought's into Mr Clayton's head that his wife is unfaithful. He taunts him for months and convinces Mr Clayton to catch his wife by planting himself in a Spanish Chest at the house of the man she supposed to be cheating with a Colonel Curtiss'. Mr Curtiss is having a house party Clayton's wife is attending. The following day Mr Clayton turns up dead in the Spanish Chest in Colonel Curtiss' house. Hard to believe. Who would get in a casket like chest to catch their wife.

The lady that plays Mrs Clayton, Caroline Langrishe looks so much like Princess Diana of Wales, very beautiful, same kind of eyes. She probably could play the part of the Princess in a movie or play.

Anyway, I love the Poirot series and his side kicks, Inspector Japp and Hastings are always fun to watch. Miss Lemon was not in this episode


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