Poirot is visited by a distraught girl, Norma Restarick, who fears she may have killed someone but runs away, telling him that he's too old rather than explaining further. By coincidence, Poirot's friend Ariadne Oliver lives in the same apartment block as Norma and her two roommates and recently went to their party, where Norma was distressed when she was offered ice cream. Norma's ex-nanny, Miss Lavinia Seagram, an alcoholic, also lived in the block but was recently found dead, with the verdict being suicide. Ariadne is unconvinced and searches the nanny's apartment, finding a clue which she puts in her handbag. Soon afterward she is attacked and the bag and its contents are stolen. Poirot visits the Restarick family home in the country, owned by Norma's great-uncle, Sir Roderick, an elderly and half-blind man who is dependent upon Sonia, his young personal assistant (who may well be a gold-digger). Andrew Restarick, Norma's father, explains to Poirot that he spent much of Norma's ... Written by
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Intriguing murder mystery with good emotional, psychological and comedic aspects to it
Hercule Poirot is visited by Miss Norma Restarick who claims she thinks she murdered someone, and asks for Poirot to save her. Sensing that Poirot does not understand, Miss Restarick flees. Later that evening the body of a neighbour to Miss Restarick, Nanny Seagram, is found with her wrists slashed - an apparent suicide. Poirot assists the Police and suspects it is murder. He is assisted in his investigations by Ariandne Oliver, a crime writer and friend. The main suspect is Miss Restarick - when she was a child her mother died in similar circumstances and Nanny Seagram was her nanny. Miss Restarick has even confessed to Nanny Seagram's murder...
One of the better Poirot mysteries. Not just a plain murder mystery but, due to Norma Restarick's state of mind, has some interesting psychological aspects to it. There is also some good emotional content.
The murder mystery side is also good, of course: many twists and turns and delicious intrigue.
One of the highlights of the episode is Zoe Wanmaker as Ariandne Oliver. With Japp, Hastings and Miss Lemon out of the picture, Oliver is Poirot's new sidekick, and yin to his yang. Much of Poirot's thinking is beyond her and she makes this clear. This, and some other character traits of Ms Oliver, make for some great comedy, helped by a wonderful performance by Zoe Wanamaker.
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