When Prince Farouq of Egypt foolishly lets a tart wear a fabulously valuable royal ruby, she simply walks away with it. With Hastings away in Scotland for the Christmas holidays, Poirot finds himself spending Christmas with the Lacey family. Colonel Lacey, a well-known Egyptologist, was one of the few people who knew the ruby was in England. As Poirot investigates, he learns that the Colonel is having financial difficulties and also that one of the house guests, Desmond Lee-Wortley, may not be of the soundest character. With the help of the children in the household, Poirot sets a trap for the thief. Written by
The original name of this story is "The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding" See more »
The cook had prepared two plum puddings, a large one for Christmas and a smaller one for New Years. The larger one was dropped while being cooked and it was stated that the smaller one was served at Christmas but during the meal it was obviously the larger pudding served. See more »
It's Christmas time. A priceless ruby is stolen from a visiting Egyptian prince. The British Foreign Office, eager to maintain cordial diplomatic ties with Egypt, enlist the help of Hercule Poirot in finding the ruby and its thief. In order to investigate the theft, Poirot visits Colonel Lacey, a foremost Egyptologist. Poirot ends up spending a few days at Colonel Lacey's estate. On Christmas Day, much to Poirot's surprise, the ruby turns up in a plum pudding...
Short and sweet - one of the shortest Poirot episodes, but it packs a fair bit in. The theft is intriguing, though the plot gets a bit contrived and unconvincing with the reappearance of the ruby. A tad far-fetched and schemes for the sake of schemes after that.
Still, reasonably interesting and entertaining.
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