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Poirot short stories taken from Murder in the Mews. The Triangle at Rhodes concerns a lonely wife, the use of poison, and a husband attracted to a lady on.
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Poirot agrees as Miss Lingard is terminally ill, and does not reveal anything to Ruth who wonders why Miss Lingard committed the murder. Wishing for a quiet holiday free from crime, Poirot goes to Rhodes during the low season in October where there are but a few guests. Aside from the young Pamela Lyall and Sarah Blake there is Valentine Chantry, a consciously beautiful woman who seems to swoon under the attentions of Douglas Gold.
This is done at the expense of his own wife, Marjorie, a mildly attractive woman, and Valentine's husband Tony Chantry. This is the "triangle" that everyone observes, and it gets rather absurd with the two men vying for Valentine's favour. She seems to delight in the attention.
Marjorie Gold soon wins the sympathy of many of the guests of the hotel as her husband is frequently in the company of Valentine, she confesses her own doubts about Valentine to Poirot. Poirot, however, warns her to flee the island if she values her life.
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The event comes to a head one evening, beginning when Gold and Chantry have a loud argument. Valentine and Marjorie return from a drive, and the former is poisoned by the cocktail her husband gives her. Gold is immediately suspected, as the strophanthin that kills Valentine is found in the pocket of his dinner jacket. Poirot notices otherwise, seeing that Chantry puts it in Gold's pocket just as everyone's attention is on his dying wife.
Poirot gives this information to the police, and points out to Pamela Lyall that she was focusing on the wrong triangle. The real triangle was between Douglas, Marjorie and Chantry. Chantry and Marjorie were having an affair and Chantry, bored with his wife but wanting her fortune, conspired with Marjorie to kill her. For this reason, Chantry and Marjorie decided to kill Valentine and ensure that Douglas was blamed for the murder. Also, Poirot's warning to Marjorie Gold was not because he feared she was a victim at risk of being murdered, but the opposite.
He was warning her she would be caught, tried, and convicted as one of the culprits, and be hanged for murder. Simon Nowell-Smith of The Times Literary Supplement ' s issue of 27 March wrote: "It would seem nowadays — it was not true of Sherlock Holmes , when the rules were less rigid — the shorter the detective story the less good it will be. The least effective of the stories in this book occupies 32 pages; the most 96; and there are two of intermediate length and merit.
All are of quite a high standard as long-short stories, but none is as good as any of Mrs Christie's full-length detective novels. The fact is that the reader of today demands to participate in a detective story, and no living writer, unless occasionally Miss Sayers , can find room in a short story for this extra detective. Isaac Anderson of The New York Times Book Review of 27 June said, "The four stories in this book are all fully up to the Agatha Christie-Hercule Poirot standard, and are about as varied in plot and in the characters involved as it is possible for detective stories to be.
She writes with Spartan simplicity, presents her clues fairly, and nearly always succeeds in simultaneously mystifying and satisfying her reader. This is no mean achievement in an art which is popularly supposed to be rapidly exhausting a limited stock of deception devices. In The Observer ' s issue of 18 April , "Torquemada" Edward Powys Mathers wrote: "It is rather for herself than for the four awkwardly shaped Poirot stories which make up Murder in the Mews that I give Agatha Christie first place [in his column] this week.
There is sufficient in the latest exploits of the little Belgian to remind us that his creator is our queen of detective writers, but by no means enough to win her that title if she had not already won it. The last and shortest tale, Triangle at Rhodes , is just the one which should have been made the longest, since it is a problem depending entirely on the unfolding of the characters of four people. Mrs Christie has not given herself room for such unfolding, and is therefore constrained to tear the buds brutally apart. This plot would, I think, have furnished forth a whole novel.
In the other three stories, each of that long-short form which used to be sacred to the penny detective adventure story, Poirot is but palely himself, and in each case the plot, though clever, is not brilliant. In the name piece the motive of the second crime is legitimately baffling; in The Incredible Theft I kept pace with Poirot; in Dead Man's Mirror , feeling a little cheated, I myself cheated by backing the most exterior of outsiders. Punshon of The Guardian reviewed the collection in the 9 April issue when he wrote that it was "perhaps enough to say that they are all good, but not outstanding, Christie, and that in all of them Monsieur Poirot The last story is disappointing in that it presents an interesting psychological situation that seems to cry aloud for the fuller treatment.
Mrs Christie could well have given it.
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Here he is the murderer-chaser in four short stories which show that this author can keep you as "on edge" in shorter thrillers as in full-length ones. And another good thing is that you can come to the last untying of all the knots in one sitting. Robert Barnard : "Four very good long short stories. No duds, but perhaps the most interesting is Triangle at Rhodes , with its 'double-triangle' plot, very familiar from other Christies.
The characters of Hastings as played by Hugh Fraser and Felicity Lemon as played by Pauline Moran appear in all the televised stories except for Triangle at Rhodes , even though they make no appearance in the published versions. This version differs from the story in that the altered aeroplane plans are for the "Mayfield Kestrel" fighter plane a Supermarine Spitfire instead of a bomber; that Sir Charles' name is changed to "Tommy" and he was being blackmailed because he had sold howitzers to the Japanese-and gives a faked metal alloy formula of the fighter in return for the record of his sale; in comic relief Hastings and Poirot "borrow" a police car to chase Vanderlyn to the German ambassador's home; Inspector Japp fails to find the missing plans; Carrington is a politician instead of a RAF officer; Thomas Mayfield is an arms maker instead of a possible Prime Minister; and the involvement of Reggie Carrington and Leonie the maid does not take place.
As well as being a talented artist, Macartney was an archaeologist and accompanied the Mallowans on many of their expeditions at this time and his shy personality was later recounted by Christie in her short volume of autobiography Come, Tell Me How You Live. All four of the stories in the collection were either previously published in magazines and were reprinted or were expanded versions of far shorter stories which had previously been published under different titles. Each of the stories are of novella length. No US magazine publications of The Incredible Theft or Dead Man's Mirror prior to have been traced, but the original shorter versions of these stories as described above were first published as follows:.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Murder in the Mews Dust-jacket illustration of the first UK edition. He learns that Chevenix-Gore is extremely wealthy, very arrogant, very eccentric and the last of his line. When Hercule Poirot arrives for dinner and Sir Gervase does not appear when the dinner gong is sounded, he realizes he is already too late. Sir Gervase is dead. It looks like suicide but the shattered mirror points in another direction. Triangle at Rhodes Hercule Poirot is sitting on the beach watching the byplay between the sunbathers.
As his holiday progresses, Poirot finds what is happening rather distressing. When Valentine Chantry dies his interpretation of the crime show that others have seen what they wanted to see, not the way he saw it. They all show how acutely Hercule Poirot observes others, and how he often interprets things very differently. I found the stories to be odd and can not say I really liked any except the 3rd story. Murder in the Mews: Poirot joins Inspector Japp at the scene of a murder, posed to look as a suicide.
Mrs Allen shot herself during a fireworks display and was found the following morning by her roommate, Miss Plenderlieth, in her bedroom behind a locked door. It seems as though Mrs Allen had a visitor of dubious reputation and was being blackmailed by the man who was seen at the scene of the crime during the fireworks display. Macatta a suspected spy. Who stole the plans out from plain sight? Poirot, imploring him to come help him before it is too late is found dead in his study prior to dinner.
It appears to be suicide, with the bullet hitting the mirror as the main clue. Everyone heard the shot, but no one recognized it for what it was. The family all had reasons for wanting Sir Gervase dead, he was a controlling despot more concerned with pride of family name than care of his family and his family resented his control of them. Of all the stories this is the one I liked Triangle at Rhodes: While on holiday during the off season M. Poirot an overtly observed love triangle turned deadly. However the victim was not who the other guests supposed it would be.
The sleight of hand, an unobserved triangle, and "wrong" victim are all sorted out by M.
This was my least favorite of all. I didn't like the characters, the story was not involved enough and it left me wanting Here at Walmart. Your email address will never be sold or distributed to a third party for any reason. Due to the high volume of feedback, we are unable to respond to individual comments. Sorry, but we can't respond to individual comments.
Recent searches Clear All. Update Location. If you want NextDay, we can save the other items for later. Yes—Save my other items for later. He was every bit as dogged and determined as any two-fisted swinging dick from the pulps, and he could be just as cold and focussed. And yes, his occupation was that of a private detective, even if many of his cases seemed to have been dictated by circumstance.
So, like it or not, he certainly belongs in these pages. Agatha Christie is, of course, the Queen of Crime, and the most widely published novelist of all time.
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When the much-loved mystery author passed away , she had already made plans to ensure nobody would continue her two most loved series. She did this by killing off both amateur sleuth Miss Marple and Poirot in final novels, and arranging to have them both published posthumously. The final Poirot, Curtain , spent several months at the top of the bestseller lists, as did the final Miss Marple novel. And that was that. Yes, I know. You are commenting using your WordPress.
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