Poirot is outbid at an auction for an antique mirror by the dislikeable Gervais Chevenix, who requests Poirot's attendance at his country home as he believes he is being defrauded by a business associate, John Lake. Poirot arrives at the Chevenix house with Hastings and meets Chevenix's wife Vanda, an eccentric who believes in reincarnation and predicts a death in the household, his adopted daughter Ruth and her cousin Hugo,a struggling manufacturer of tubular steel furniture, who will inherit Chevenix's money if they marry and Miss Lingard, a secretary helping Chevenix research a book he is writing. Hugo is engaged to Susan and Ruth has already married Lake in secret. As the household are dressing for dinner, the butler sounds the gong to summon them, and then a shot rings out. Vanda's prophecy has come true and her husband has been murdered.Written by
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Hercule Poirot is outbid for a mirror at an auction by a rather obnoxious man, Gervase Chevenix. After the auction Mr Chevenix approaches Poirot, wanting to hire him to investigate a man he believes has defrauded him out of a large sum of money. Poirot accepts and, with his friend Captain Hastings, travels to Mr Chevenix's estate to discuss the case and investigate. There he discovers that Mr Chevenix was trying to meddling in the romantic affairs of his adopted daughter and his nephew, and was generally disliked by everyone around him. That night he is found dead, shot, with a gun in his hand and the door and windows to the room locked. To Chief Inspector Japp it is clearly suicide but Poirot knows better.
Probably the shortest episode in the series, at about 50 minutes. Reasonably intriguing and baffling. It does feel rushed and too short though. Still, quite entertaining.
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