Mrs Oliver is asked to devise a murder hunt for a Devon fête, but her sense of foreboding summons Poirot to the scene. Her fears are realized when the girl playing murder victim winds up truly murdered.
With summer in the air, wealthy squire Sir George Stubbs and his fragile, childlike wife Hattie plan a grand fête for their Devonshire neighbors to celebrate their recent acquisition of Nasse House. Fancy dress, fortune telling, and a coconut shy are all scheduled, as well as a murder hunt designed by mystery novelist Ariadne Oliver. But Mrs Oliver is convinced something is amiss, and asks Hercule Poirot to attend the festivities as a means to put her mind at rest. Poirot scrutinizes the eclectic lot, which includes officious politicos, a put-upon secretary, a rakish architect, warring holidaymakers, a garrulous ferryman, an urbane foreigner, and Nasse's former matriarch, now content to be a humble lodger. They certainly have secrets to hide, but are any of them likely murderers? Or victims? When Mrs Oliver's fears are realized, however, the events are far from how she imagined them to unfold. A murder occurs as anticipated, but bizarrely, the victim is Marlene Tucker, a local Girl ...Written by
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I was always surprised this one took so long, good adaptation.
I've always looked on Dead Man's folly as a solid story, I disagree with others that call it one of her best, I see it as a bit of a pot boiler. Of course Christie fans will instantly think of, and know Peter Ustinov's film adaptation, which is decent, without setting pulses racing. Suchet's version is a very solid adaptation, better then the previous attempt, it is well scripted, intriguing, and superbly acted, particularly by Sinéad Cusack and Sean Pertwee, the pair also share the best moment of the production in a dramatic scene.
Of the latter episodes of Poirot this would perhaps be my least favourite, the screenplay is good, just lacks a little of the dramatic flair that most around this time had. The accent of the Dutch Hitch-hiker belonged in Allo Allo, and at times it just feels a little padded out.
It is still very good, and the fact that it was filmed at the actual Estate of Agatha Christie makes it that little bit special. Solid 7/10
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