Appointment with Death

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The tyrannical and vicious Mrs Boynton is on holiday in Jerusalem, surrounded by her family whom she takes please in tormenting. When Poirot, also in the area, overhears her son Raymond saying to his sibling "You do see don't you, that she's got to be killed" he is on high alert and when Mrs Boynton is later found dead while on a visit to Petra, he promises to solve the mystery.


The 16th Novel by Agatha Christie to feature Poirot.

when to read

This is a great summer holiday read with the dark and sinister story line contrasting with the bright, hot sunny days.

murder mystery

With only a select group of suspects this is a classic closed circle mystery to get you playing detective.


Appointment with Death takes place in Jerusalem (Israel) and in Petra (Jordan). At the time of Agatha Christie's writing Jerusalem was part of the British Mandate for Palestine and Petra was in the neighbouring Emirate of Transjordan.

Publishing info

This novel was published in 1938 after, the year after 'Dumb Witness' and before 'Hercule Poirot's Christmas' which was released later in the same year.

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On Screen

Watching Agatha Christie

Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie was filmed as part of the ITV feature length episodes and is Season 11 episode 4 starring David Suchet as Poirot. 

Appointment with Death Character List

Carol BoyntonStep-daughter of Mrs Boynton
Colonel CarburySenior figure
Dr GerardFrench Psychologist
Ginevra BoyntonMrs Boynton’s daughter
Jefferson CopeFamily friend of the Boynton’s
Lady WestholmeMember of Parliament
Lennox BoyntonSecond step-son of Mrs Boynton
Miss Amabel PierceNursery governess to the Boynton family as children
Mrs BoyntonOverbearing and tyrannical step-mother – victim
Nadine BoyntonLennox’s wife
Raymond BoyntonEldest step-son of Mrs Boynton
Sarah KingDoctor 
Sir Gabriel SteinbaumA banker mentioned in the story
Sir Manders StoneAn archaeologise referred to in the story


Mrs Boynton

Lady Westholme

Mrs Boynton was a warden at a prison where Lady Westholm was once held. Mrs Boynton could therefore reveal Lady Westholm’s true identity as a convict. 

Mrs Boynton is stabbed

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