Version: 2008; starring David Suchet.
Plot Summary: [from IMDb:] “A pair of photographs are the only clues that Poirot has to solve the murder of a village charwoman, and to prove the innocence of the victim’s lodger.”
My Review: To be honest, it’s been a long time since I read this particular Poirot mystery. I remember it had a lot of female characters, and it was the first time I had read anything where the character Ariadne Oliver made an appearance. I also remember I enjoyed the mystery a lot, because it featured a common storytelling technique of Christie’s, which is to involve a mystery with roots beginning far back decades ago and the detective must piece together how the current generation of characters are affiliated with the past. I couldn’t recall the details, however, such as who was killed, who had done it or why.
This is one of the more recent Poirot productions starring David Suchet, compared with when they first started filming them in the 1980’s. The quality of it is very good, and I loved the creepy atmosphere of the film! The period set contributed heavily to this, along with a swirl of yellowed dead leaves, and the signature Poirot music. Love, love, love it!
Another thing I appreciated was that this murder mystery wasn’t gorey and it didn’t make me feel too uncomfortable. On the flip side, it could also be considered predictable. I cannot verify if it stayed true to the book, but to the best of my memory I believe it was for the most part. Poirot was his lovable old self, and the new role of Ms. Oliver (played by Zoe Wanamaker) was totally convincing as the Agatha Christie-herself-inspired character.
This movie makes for great autumn entertainment, so grab a comfy blanket, slippers, and hot cocoa, and have fun some evening! 🙂