The novel features Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings in their final appearances in Christie's works. It is a country house novel, with all the characters and the murder set in one house. Not only does the novel return the characters to the setting of her first, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, but it reunites Poirot and Hastings, who last appeared together in Dumb Witness in 1937. It was adapted for television in 2013.
It is the last novel published by Christie before her death, although Sleeping Murder, published posthumously, is her final novel. Neither was the last novel written by Christie.
August 15, 2021 Subject:
Remarkable End to Poirot Mysteries
Perhaps my favorite Christie story, with an ingenious, highly psychological murder plot most suitable for the end of the Poirot tales. Add to that the twist to beat all twists (!) and this is a story you'll ponder and discuss for quite a while.
I think Ms. Christie must have had the concept up her sleeve long before she wrote the story.