When Hercule Poirot and his associate Arthur Hastings arrive in the French village of Merlinville-sur-Mer to meet their client Paul Renauld, they learn from the police that he has been found that morning stabbed in the back with a letter opener and left in a newly-dug grave adjacent to a local golf course.
Among the plausible suspects are Renauld’s wife Eloise, his son Jack, Renauld’s immediate neighbor Madame Daubreuil, the mysterious “Cinderella” of Hasting’s recent acquaintance, and some unknown visitor of the previous day–all of whom Poirot has reason to suspect. Poirot’s powers of investigation ultimately triumph over the wiles of an assailant whose misdirection and motives are nearly–but not quite–impossible to spot.
In this particular Agatha Christie novel, it focuses on the millionaire Mr Renauld who writes to Hercule Poirot for assistance as he fears for his life. Poirot automatically travels to him however Mr. Renauld is already dead; stabbed in the back, literally.
Poirot delivers yet again. He begins to use his ‘grey cells’ to solve the murder and detests anyone who does not follow order and method. Hastings is not as silly in this novel when it comes to his theory’s therefore he’s slightly improved although not by much.
I did enjoy it and appreciate that Poirot did not put down Hastings as much in this. Although at times it did ramble on with theories but by the end it was much enjoyed as it finally crapped up.
This would have gotten 5 stars from myself if it wasn’t for the fact that Hastings and his ‘love’. Just give over, anyone that goes on about ‘love’ too much is clearly for show or infatuation and cough cough IT JUST WON’T LAST, IDIOTS LOL.
It was very annoying how this element was played out. Why bring love into this mystery novel? It was fine as it was without this annoying element which did not suit this particular novel.
Other than that, everything else about this novel was very well written and kept me turning the page.