An enchanting beauty is fatally poisoned while Poirot holidays on the Greek island of Rhodes.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Lyall
Jon Cartwright ...
Commander Chantry
Valentine Chantry
Douglas Gold
Angela Down ...
Marjorie Gold
Timothy Kightley ...
Major Barnes
Al Fiorentini ...
Police Inspector
Anthony Benson ...
Patrick Monckton ...
Hotel Manager
Dimitri Andreas ...
Greek Cashier
Georgia Dervis ...
Greek Girl
Sofia Olympiou ...
Good Woman (as Sophia Olympiou)
Tilemanos Emanuel ...
Custom's Officer (as Tilemahos Emanuel)
Giannis Hatzigiannis ...
Purser (as Yannis Hadjiyannis)


Just as his holiday on the island of Rhodes is coming to an end, Hercule Poirot finds himself investigating a murder when one of the hotel guests, Valentine Chantry, is poisoned in the bar. The drink she had was apparently meant for her husband and had been bought by Douglas Gold, with whom she had been carrying on since her arrival. Gold is arrested and everyone assumes he is the perpetrator but Poirot thinks otherwise however and looks to the other guests in the hotel as more likely suspects. When a local pathologist confirms that the poison used was local in origin, Poirot realizes that only when he learns who purchased the poison will he learn the killer's identity. Written by garykmcd

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12 February 1989 (UK)  »

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In the final scene, as the car taking Poirot to the train station departs, equipment is reflected in the shiny red metal. See more »


[first lines]
Dicker: Oh yes, and what time do we call this, then, eh?
Postman: Don't want to get you out of bed. Huh.
Dicker: Here! No good leaving all this stuff for 56B; they're on holiday.
Postman: What, all of 'em?
Dicker: Oh, yeah. That Captain Hastings has gone off shooting things, and the secretary has gone off to visit her sister in Folkestone.
Postman: Well, what of t' French one?
Dicker: Somewhere foreign. Sent me a postcard with goats on it.
Postman: Oh, yeah, I remember. Well, let's hope it keeps fine for him.
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The beautiful scenery makes this episode a winner
3 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As the two previous reviewers have mentioned, it is the beautiful photography of the beautiful island of Rhodes that makes this episode special. Although I think that the mystery with its well done misdirection is good. This happens to be one of the very few short stories that I actually remembered how it ended even though it has been decades since I read it. The story is a simple one - two couples, the Chantrys and the Golds meet on a beach on Rhodes and later, one of them is poisoned. But was the "right" person poisoned or was the intended victim someone else? Frances Low as Poirot's sidekick does a very good job but I prefer the shows with the regular sidekicks of Hastings, Japp and Lemon and the humor and interest they add to the shows. But there are no bad Poirot shows only some that are not as good as others.

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