Plot summary[ edit ] Sir Charles Cartwright hosts a dinner party at his home in Cornwall. When Babbington suddenly dies after sipping one of the cocktails being served, Cartwright believes it was murder. An investigation finds no poison in his glass. While holding a dinner party at his home in Yorkshire, Strange suddenly died after drinking a glass of port wine. The coroner rules he was poisoned with nicotine , despite there being no trace of it in his glass. Both Satterthwaite and Cartwright return to England to investigate the murders.
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It was to be a particularly unlucky evening for the mild-mannered Reverend Stephen Babbington, who choked on his cocktail, went into convulsions and died. But when his martini glass was sent for chemical analysis, there was no trace of poison — just as Poirot had predicted.
Even more troubling for the great detective, there was absolutely no motive. One knows so little. When one knows more it is too late. The Collins UK edition is now recognised as the standard. The only other story to differ significantly in the original American edition is The Moving Finger. Since this is an Agatha Christie novel featuring Hercule Poirot as its leading character, it is quite unnecessary to say that it makes uncommonly good reading.
There are also a couple of references to other Christie cases by the characters themselves. Poirot references his only professional failure as a policeman in Belgium hinting at The Chocolate Box and Satterthwaite starts to tell Sir Charles Cartwright the story of At the Bells and Motley when Sir Charles typically interrupts to recount his own tale. The action was relocated to Acapulco, Mr Satterthwaite was replaced by Hastings and the motive for the murders was changed.
Poirot also uses a word processor to write his memoirs. Did you know? This is also the only story in which Mr Satterthwaite assists Poirot — usually he can be found assisting Harley Quin.
When Babbington suddenly dies after sipping one of the cocktails being served, Cartwright believes it was murder. An investigation finds no poison in his glass. While holding a dinner party at his home in Yorkshire, Strange suddenly died after drinking a glass of port wine. The coroner rules he was poisoned with nicotine, despite no trace of it in his glass. Through them, he learns that prior to the party, Strange had sent his usual butler away for two months. A temporary replacement he hired named Ellis has since disappeared. Both Satterthwaite and Cartwright later find evidence that shows he was blackmailing Strange, while a serving maid recalls Ellis acted strangely for a butler.
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