Ariadne Oliver is asked to devise a murder hunt for a fête being held at a Devon estate called Nasse House, which is owned by the affable squire Sir George Stubbs and his childlike wife, Hattie. When she realizes that something is not quite right, she calls upon Poirot to observe the situation firsthand. The great detective is unable to pinpoint precisely what is out of the ordinary, although some of the people associated with Nasse House are behaving oddly enough. On the day of the fête, things appear to be going well, until several occurrences end up fulfilling Mrs Oliver's initial premonition of unease: the arrival of Hattie's foreign cousin, whom she claims is a dangerous man; the sudden disappearance of Hattie herself; and the discovery that the young girl playing the victim in the murder hunt has actually been murdered.moreless
After an unpleasant encounter with a wheedling busybody, Ariadne Oliver asks Poirot to delve into the past and solve the riddle of the murder-suicide of the Ravenscrofts, the parents of her goddaughter Celia. Ever since they were found dead, no one has been able to ascertain precisely who killed whom. As Poirot is already preoccupied with the investigation of a psychiatrist's murder, Ariadne sets out herself to question people familiar with the Ravenscrofts in the hopes that they will remember key clues to the solution, for at stake is Celia's future happiness and the memory of a loving couple whose mysterious demise shocked and baffled everyone they knew.moreless
This edition focuses on the villains who have faced The Doctor over the years, featuring interviews with Derek Jacobi and Zoe Wanamaker.
A murder is announced in the local newspaper in Chipping Cleghorn and everyone turns up at Little Paddocks at the appointed time. Then the lights go out and Letitia Blacklock is shot at and the man is found shot in the doorway. Miss Marple helps investigate the crime.moreless