Poirot is enlisted by Japp to help solve a mystery that took place on Bonfire Night in a mews flat. A Mrs. Allen was found shot, apparently a suicide, but she was holding the gun that killed her in the wrong hand, and foul play is suspected. Furthermore, the ash-tray in the room contained the stubs of Turkish cigarettes smoked by one Major Eustace, a disreputable acquaintance.The victim was engaged to be married and seemingly had no cause to take her own life. Did she? Or was it murder in the mews?Written by
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David Yelland, who plays Laverton West here, later returned as a series regular. He played Poirot's valet, George, in seven episodes from 2006-2013. See more »
Right before the camera moves away from the blonde murder victim for the last time, her fingers are twitching. See more »
Hastings, my friend, tell me: to blow up the English Parliament, was it a sin or a noble deed?
Oh, it's no good asking me, old son. I was never much of a one for politics. Where's Mrs Japp tonight, then?
Chief Inspector Japp:
She can't abide fireworks.
Ah, the noise disturbs the delicate sensibilities of many ladies.
Chief Inspector Japp:
Maybe, maybe. I think it's more that she doesn't like to see people enjoying themselves.
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Intriguing and engaging mystery with a great twist
Chief Inspector Japp enlists Poirot's help in a case of his. Barbara Allen appears to have committed suicide but Japp isn't so sure. Several clues point to it potentially being murder. The most likely suspects are Jane Plenderleith - Mrs Allen's best friend, Laverton West - Ms Allen's fiancé - and the shadowy Major Eustace. Poirot and Hastings help out and uncover a most ingenious plan.
Intriguing and engaging mystery with a great twist. The murderer is not obvious at all, and there are several suspects. Some good red herrings and a wonderful twist near the end. Some great banter and humour too.
Almost ruined at the end by a rather unnecessary, sanctimonious speech by Poirot but thankfully it doesn't affect the outcome too much.
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