After spending a bit of a holiday in Paris, Poirot finds himself on a flight to London with an odd assortment of people, some of whom he had met during his stay. When one of the passengers, Madame Gisele, is murdered during the flight by a poisoned dart, Poirot is asked by Inspector Japp of Scotland Yard to assist with the investigation. Gisele was a well-known moneylender with penchant towards blackmail. When Lady Horbury denies knowing the dead woman - which Poirot knows is false - the police clearly have their prime suspect. Poirot however, sees a far more complex plot to gain access to the victims money.Written by
This episode can be dated to 1935, when Fred Perry of the UK defeated Gottfried von Cramm of Germany in the men's singles championship. Von Cramm defeated Perry in the 1936 championship. See more »
Although the events take place in 1935, there is a Pelican book, with its distinctive blue and white spine on Clancy's shelf. Pelicans, the non-fiction imprint of Penguin, was founded in 1937. See more »
Wouldn't you just know it, there's a murder on the plane on which Poirot is traveling from Paris to London. One Madame Gisele is killed via poisoned dart. Madame Gisele was a moneylender to the upper crust and also a blackmailer. Poirot has seen her with the haughty Lady Horbury, but Lady Horbury claims never to have seen Madame Gisele before. Poirot is troubled. A wasp is found on the plane, killed by one of the passengers with his coffee cup. Poirot wonders what the wasp was doing there. And how did someone kill Madame Gisele with a dart in front of all the passengers? It's a knotty problem, which Poirot finally solves, but it's much more complicated than it appeared in the beginning with situations involving bigamy and fake identities.
Excellent mystery with Poirot and Japp working together, and Poirot enlisting the aide of the female flight steward as well. The usual high production values abound.
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