How did a woman holding a pistol in her right hand manage to shoot herself in the left temple? What was the link between a ghost sighting and the disappearance of top secert military plans? How did the bullet that killed Sir Gervase shatter a mirror in another part of the room? And who destroyed the `eternal triangle’ of love involving renowned beauty, Valentine Chantry?
Hercule Poirot is faced with four mystifying cases – Murder in the Mews, The Incredible Theft, Dead Man’s Mirror and Triangle at Rhodes – each a miniature classic of characterisation, incident and suspense.
Quite a short story, Murder in the Mews is a story about a wealthy man, Sir Gervase, who sees himself as a God. He expects everyone to praise him daily and to obey his orders. Living with his adopted daughter, wife and servants Sir Gervase is more like a tyrant, he makes his own rules and everyone needs to participate to them. One day Hercule Poirot receives a letter from him asking for his assistance, Poirot as a man who hates receiving orders from anyone leaves to Sir Gervase’s home where he meets the family right before discovering the fact that Sir Gervase killed himself, shot in the head, in his own office.
From here the book becomes just a serie of questioning every member of the family and everyone who was there about that night and the relationship they had with Sir Gervase. Secrets unfold and Poirot has now a better idea who was Sir Gervase, a man who controlled his adopted daughter into a marriage she wasn’t into, the man who was a little bit crazy and had a crazy spirit seeing wife, a man with a touch of gold and a taste for fortune and in the end, just a man.
I recommand the book, it’s quite short 140 something pages so it’s nice as a autumnal morning read but it’s clearly not the best one Agatha Christie wrote. I didn’t quite liked it, it annoyed the Hell out of me especially Sir Gervase. He was bitter but quite misunderstood, it just gaved me an eerie feeling.