At a flower show, an older woman in a wheelchair approaches Poirot, gives him an empty seed packet, and asks him to visit her the next day. When Poirot arrives the next day, the woman is dead, murdered with poison.
Poirot and Miss Lemon travel to Surrey to visit Miss Amelia Barrowby but arrive to learn that she has died during the night. Poirot had an odd encounter with her the previous day at a flower show when she made the odd gesture of giving him an empty seed packet. Upon returning home, he finds that she has written him seeking his assistance. Poirot suspects foul play and the pathologist confirms that the woman was poisoned with strychnine. Initial suspects are Miss Barrowby's niece and her husband, but when the dead woman's Russian companion runs away, Inspector Japp thinks he has the culprit. Poirot thinks otherwise.Written by
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Roses, Russians and murder mark this Poirot mystery
Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran) gets in on the front-line work in this mystery that the great Hercule Poirot solves. While she's helping the boss, Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) is manning the fort. And rifling through files because he doesn't know and can't handle tradesmen, as Miss Lemon admonishes.
Murder is the subject, and poisoning is the method. But a nice side story involves some intrigue with the Soviet Union embassy in London and is tied into the murder mystery. Just about everyone is suspicious of everyone else on the surface. But Poirot gets to the bottom of the case in due time.
The film opens with Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) attending a prominent flower show. He is a guest of honor with a pink rose being named after him. This is a very good segment of the Poirot TV series that all should enjoy.
The dialog line of note occurs as Poirot and Lemon are leaving the Barrowby home after the murder. Poirot says, "There is a mouse in this hole, Miss Lemon. What must the cat do now?" Miss Lemon, "I'm sure I don't know what that means, Mr. Poirot."
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