A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot, the great Belgian detective.
Elinor Carlisle and Roddy Welman are the model English couple, perfect companions set for a life of ease when they inherit Aunt Laura's considerable fortune. But a poison pen letter begins a chain of events which is to end in tragedy.
Convinced that Mary Gerrard, a childhood playmate of Elinor's, is attempting to ingratiate herself with her aunt for financial gain, the pair travel to the family home to investigate. They find no evidence but Roddy falls desperately in love with the beautiful Mary, little realising that beneath Elinor's restrained and unemotional exterior lies an almost obsessive passion for him.
Elinor obeys her aunt's deathbed wish despite her heartbreak, and gives Mary a large bequest from the estate. But when Mary is found poisoned, the evidence against Elinor is damning. It's up to Hercule Poirot to find out if the case is as simple as it seems...
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A Greek tragedy
the way that the characters are portrayed
all Agatha Christie's books due to the plot
his performance is excellent
no extreme reaction
Terrific, Layered Mystery
The BBC Agatha Christie dramatizations are at the top of my list.
Any of the other dramatizations starring John Moffatt as Hercules Poirot such as The Three Act Tragedy.
John Moffatt performs Poirot. Various actors do the other parts.
No but I found the mystery to be a bit sad and melancholy. These emotions added to the texture and atmosphere of the story.
This is a well done psychological mystery with intriguing characters and a good plot.
Although Elinor is a less than traditional heroine, she works well in this story. I like her interactions with her aunt, her boyfriend and her rival. Well worth listening to.