(Hercule Poirot #22)
Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stood serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence was damning: only Elinor had the motive, the opportunity and the means to administer the fatal poison.Yet, inside the hostile courtroom, only one man still presumed Elinor was innocent until proven guilty: Hercule Poirot was all that stood between Elinor and the gallows…
The book starts by presenting Elinor and Roddy (Mr. Welman), the heirs to a big fortune, talking and in love, well Elinor I guess is more in love with him than he is with her but they both receive a telegram that says that Mary Gerrard, the girl who takes care of their old and rich aunt can be a menace to them because the old lady grew found of Mary. The letter says that they should go and visit their aunt before she lets all of her fortune to Mary and although Elinor is disgusted by the lack of tact the woman who wrote the letter presents, they both leave to go and see their aunt.
When they arrive there a serie of unfortunate events starts to unfold, their aunt passes away with no written will, Roddy is flirting with Mary and Elinor gets pretty concerned about it and (no spoilers) Mary dies poisoned soon after her own dad passes away as well. At the time of Mary’s death Elinor was in the same room as she was and she prepared the sandwiches with the poison in them, Elinor had the means and reasons to kill Mary but now in the courtroom Hercule Poirot believes Elinor wasn’t after all the criminal in this case.
After the death of Mary everything goes down in a spiral speed, the web of lies grows larger and plots and plots come to knock you down. Poirot goes into a journey of investigation all the characters and the book and action becomes more and more interesting. The killer? Will blow your mind.
An Agatha Christie novel that will make you stop trusting anybody. Loved it, 4/5 stars.