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Friday, January 29, 2016

The death of Poirot

I love a good murder mystery. I'm not really a fan of modern murder mysteries or even detective stories. What I like is a mystery that, if I am clever enough, I can solve. I like my mysteries to be like Ellery Queen, Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, or my beloved Hercule Poirot.

It is in regard to Hercule that I have lied to many of my friends. I have always said that I have read all of Agatha Christie's Poirot and that is simply not true. I have avoided the last one "Curtain: Poirot's Last Case" because I didn't want to read of Poirot's death.

At last, I broke down and watched the PBS version starring David Suchet. I have to say that Suchet has surpassed Peter Ustinov as my favorite Poirot (and between you and me that wasn't easy). While I will not say that "Curtain: Poirot's Last Case" was the best episode in the series, I thought that it was superb and a fine send-off for the great detective.

All things being said, I am glad that I watched it. I would give the episode 4 1/2 stars out of 5 and recommend it for the murder mystery fans.

Ah, Hastings, my dear friend. They were good days. Yes... they have been good days. --- Hercule Poirot