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
Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings are on a cruise in the Mediterranean, heading for Alexandria. Also on board are a variety of characters, including Colonel John Clapperton and his obnoxious wife. One day, after a sojourn ashore, Colonel Clapperton returns to his cabin to find his wife dead, murdered, with her cabin door locked from the inside. Poirot sets to work on the case.
Wonderfully scenic setting. The mystery itself is interesting. Ultimately quite simple but not that obvious who the murderer is and how they did it. This seems to be a trademark of the early Poirot episodes - quite simple murder plots, in keeping with the shorter duration of these episodes (about 60 mins vs the 90 or so mins of the later ones).
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