Curtain, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A wheelchair-bound Poirot returns to Styles, the venue of his first investigation, where he knows another murder is going to take place...The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly pleasant to Captain Hastings; there was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara , Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife, Daisy, and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington.

So Hastings was shocked to learn from Hercule Poirot's declaration that one of them was a five-times murderer.

True, the ageing detective was crippled with arthritis, but had his deductive instincts finally deserted him?...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic crime
  • ISBN: 9780007121120

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Poirot and Hastings return to Styles, the scene of their first investigation, for what is Poirot's last case. This book has an ingenuious plot, which I don't want to give away. Christie wrote this book and kept it back so that it could be released after her death, or when she was ready to stop writing Poirot stories, and she was right to do so. I believe that one of her main concerns was to stop other authors writing Poirot stories after her death, and I hope that the Christie Estate doesn't follow the examples set by the Estates of Ian Fleming, Enid Blyton and Douglas Adams.

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This is Poirot’s last case, and it ends where it all began. His mind is sharp until the last, and he is still educating Hastings in the way true detectives should think. A fitting way to finish Poirot’s career, it is still sad to see it come to an end. Well written, fans of Christie will find it fascinating.