Sheila Webb arrives at the house on Wilbraham Crescent to which she has been requested as a typist only to find the door open and no one at home - no one living that is - for there is the body of a dead man lying on the living room floor...Poirot sets out to prove he can solve any crime by using just the power of the little grey cells and without even having to meet the suspects or visit the scene. Now that's just showing off...
Poirot makes a late entrance in this novel but is still the master sleuth we've come to know and love.
when to read
Set towards the end of summer holidays before the children have returned to school - any frazzled parent could read this at the same time and empathise with Mrs Ramsey I think.
A murder mystery novel with notes of espionage thrown in.
The novel is set in England in 'Crowdean' in Sussex.
Published in 1963 in between two Miss Marple novels; 'The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side' in 1962 and 'A Caribbean Mystery' in 1964.