In an attempt to snare the enigmatic art thief Marrascaud, Poirot and the Metropolitan Police set an irresistible trap: at the society debut of wealthy aristocrat Lucinda Le Mesurier, a priceless painting called 'Hercules Vanquishing the Hydra' by Marrascaud's favorite artist will be displayed, with Lucinda wearing exquisite diamond jewelery. A confident Poirot is convinced the criminal will be apprehended, but he does not foresee the eventual, disastrous outcome: not only does Marrascaud pinch the painting, but Lucinda herself is brutally murdered, and her jewels are stolen as well. The catastrophe weights heavily on Poirot's conscience, and he sinks into a steady depression, despite the entreaties of his physician, Dr Burton. Three months after Lucinda's murder, a lonely chauffeur asks Poirot to find his true love, the maid of celebrated Russian ballerina Katrina Samoushenka. Pitying the man, Poirot agrees to reunite the lovers pro bono and sets off to the Hotel Olympos in Rochers ... Written by
The original book features Poirot taking on twelve cases (12 short stories) each one referencing Greek mythology. The TV adaptation is a combination of some of those stories into a single location. The central plot is "The Erymanthian Boar" which takes place in a Swiss mountain-top hotel as Poirot searches for master-criminal Marrascaud. In "The Arcadian Deer" Poirot is asked by a car mechanic to locate the maid of a Russian ballerina. "The Stymphalean Birds" features a man trying to help a woman in an abusive marriage. "The Girdle of Hippolyta" is about stolen paintings. While "The Capture of Cerberus" has Poirot reunited with Countess Vera Rossakoff. See more »
A very good story,including in a quite faithful way,some of the Labours Of Hercules,in a claustrophobic mix,full of anguish,sadness and thrills.THe prologue is quite Scream-like without the gore.The death of Lucinda is perhaps the most thrilling in the entire series,a good set-up for a slasher without the on-screen slashing.THe hotel in Switzerland, with cable-car annexed,is wonderfully rendered...in England,and it gives a sense of Mousetrap and Orient express combined.THe stories quite faithfully developed are Birds,Cerberus ,Deer and ,of course,Boar,the principal source of this story who can be considered half a pastiche of Christie and half a faithful adaptation of some of her tales.Very curiously,it's more faithful than Appointment ,and the solution is basically the same of the tales with no change of culprits,but instead a blending of different culprits from different tales.The love story of the chauffeur is beautifully rendered,and the final solution is pleasant,not so chaotic,and it can give to us a glimpse of what it could have been Bertram (hidden paintings included) if it could have been made well.Among the best actors,apart from colossal,herculean Hercule,an excellent Eleanor Tomlinson,MCDade and Christie as two well understated Stymphalean Birds and Rupert Evans as a dashing hero. It's a pity that many of the other Labours and Lemesurier inheritance were not been adapted as promised,and I will wait forever for a new series with Suchet even if it's hopeless.But as an ending of a monumental series,season 13 has been really a masterpiece ,one of the best of the whole series!!!!
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