Poirot investigates the murder of Florence Carrington while traveling on the express train to Plymouth. Her father, mining entrepreneur Gordon Halliday, will spare no expense to have the crime solved. She had recently been approached by her estranged husband Rupert, asking for money and was seen having lunch with a one-time suitor, Armand de la Rochefort, of whom her father disapproves. However, the victim's jewelry was stolen and Poirot realizes that to find the murderer, they must first find the jewels. Written by
The story is set in the 1930s, yet the train carriages at Paddington station are of the BR MK1 type not built until 1951; and as the steam train pulls into Plymouth station, several 1980s-built diesel trains can clearly be seen in the background. See more »
The Plymouth Express starts off with the usual high production values, the touches of humour. Florence Carrington, an heir to a mining fortune in Australia boards the Plymouth Express with all her jewellery and plans to meet a shady Frenchman who is pursuing her romantically with more than a passing interest in her wealth.
Florence is also estranged from her ex husband who likes to gamble. She is later found dead on the train.
Poirot was already asked by her father to look into the Frenchman and is now investigating her death. Despite the two obvious suspects, Poirot thinks the stolen jewels hold the key to the mystery.
This is a rather sombre and dark mystery with the reveal of the murderer being rather unsatisfying and hardly connected to the plot. I felt wrong footed but for all the wrong reasons.
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