While on a Mediterranean cruise, Poirot is asked to investigate the murder of one of the passengers, Mrs. Clapperton who is found stabbed in the chest in her stateroom. She was somewhat haughty and generally disliked by the other passengers. Her henpecked husband, Colonel Clapperton, was ashore for the entire day with two other passengers. General Forbes, who admits to having been in love with the dead woman when they knew each other many years before, says he was having a nap. Then there is Miss Ellie Henderson, who is attracted to Colonel Clapperton but whose wife is in the way of any possible relationship. With everyone having a reasonable alibi, it is left to Poirot to find the killer. Written by
As to be expected in this series, the photography and production values (the bazaar scenes are especially interesting) are excellent. The setting on a cruise ship voyaging around Egypt is also pleasing to watch. Unfortunately, most of the characters excepting Poirot and Hastings are either boring, annoying or unlikeable. The two "silly" girls are annoying, the suburban couple and henpecked husband are boring, and the very disagreeable and arrogant murder victim is unlikeable (which is as it should be in a mystery). The suspects include native hawkers of doodads but every suspect seems to have an iron clad alibi. As another reviewer has said, it's pretty easy to figure out who the culprit is but Poirot's method of publicly identifying this person was clever and interesting. Aside from the bazaar shopping scene, my favorite bit in the show was an older woman singing a music hall number about the army as entertainment for passengers and Hastings' annoyance with the number. While this is a lesser entry in the series it was still worthwhile and fun to watch.
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