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Cast: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Available on DVD as part of a boxed set.

Genre: Mystery

Reviewed by Judith Fox

There is something fascinating about Hercules Poirot, that little penquin of a man with his funny waxed moustache. I havenít always enjoyed Hercules Poirot. But he grew on me, particularly his portrayal by David Suchet. To me no one except Mr. Suchet can be as convincing in the role. He is the little man.

This particular film is fascinating and the sense of Poirot and his setting grabbed me. I was in his world of yet another murder mystery. You will be absorbed by his answer to this one. Itís a deceiving plot, but Poirot uses his little grey cells and as usual exposes even the most clever criminal mind.

Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) as the charming good friend with not as many grey cells is nevertheless always of help to Poirot.

Poirot finds in this particular case that nothing is as it seems. But though the case is a challenge to him, Poirot uses his skilful deduction skills to find the killer.

Of course, the supporting cast of Philip Jackson as Japp and Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon are also convincing, superbly portrayed in each of their important strong characters. Itís magic to see them all playing their roles in a 1933 setting in England.

Without giving anything away, the plot involves a beautiful actress married to an English lord who is disliked by everyone who knows him. This conjures up a lot suspects for his murder. Yes, he is the victim. It seems obvious that he will be murdered. The plot thickens after that. Heís the first of three murders.

The film is totally recommended by this reviewer. Rent this film, put your feet up, relax, and enjoy an intriguing murder mystery.

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