When Prince Farouq of Egypt foolishly lets a tart wear a fabulously valuable royal ruby, she simply walks away with it. With Hastings away in Scotland for the Christmas holidays, Poirot finds himself spending Christmas with the Lacey family. Colonel Lacey, a well-known Egyptologist, was one of the few people who knew the ruby was in England. As Poirot investigates, he learns that the Colonel is having financial difficulties and also that one of the house guests, Desmond Lee-Wortley, may not be of the soundest character. With the help of the children in the household, Poirot sets a trap for the thief.Written by
The story has been published in several collections of Agatha Christie's short stories; "Double Sin and Other Stories" in the U.S.; "Adventure of the Christmas Pudding and Other Stories", "The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories", and "While the Light Lasts" in the U.K. and Europe. See more »
The cook had prepared two plum puddings, a large one for Christmas and a smaller one for New Years. The larger one was dropped while being cooked and it was stated that the smaller one was served at Christmas but during the meal it was obviously the larger pudding served. See more »
The festive season, and a foolish, conceited young Egyptian Prince is duped into handing over a ruby of immense value to a young woman at a Hotel. Poirot is called in to help.
I like the Christmas backdrop, it's authentically done, the music, decorations etc. It's a nice looking episode, the home of the Lacey's is gorgeous, I'm sure it's a property that's popped up a few times in TV dramas.
It boasts a strong cast Stephanie Cole, Freddie Treve, Helena Michell, all are good value, Tariq Alibai is a little hit and miss the ignorant young Price Farouq, it ends with a bit of farce.
Not the strongest episode truth be told, but it's an intriguing enough watch, the Christmas setting certainly adds to the atmosphere. It's quite an obvious outcome, you'll probably deduce it quicker then our Belgian's grey cells. How is definitely more interesting then who.
Festive fun 7/10
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this