Murder on the Orient Express

This book is set on the Orient Express.  A man named Rachett asks Poirot for his help> Poirot declines saying that he simply does not like Rachett’s face. The next day Rachett is found murdered. Everyone on the train has a good alibi. Who did it?

Name: Mary Debenham

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: Was overheard saying suspicious things Colonel Arbuthnot

 

Name:Princess Dragomiroff

Motive: None Apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: None that we know of

 

Name: Mrs. Hubbard

Motive: None Apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: A knife was found in her sponge bag. A handkerchief with the initial “H” was found in the Rachett’s compartment.

 

Name: Colonel Arbuthnot

Motive: None apparent

Suspiscious circumstances: Was overheard saying suspicious things to Mary Debenham. A pipe cleaner for his pipe was found in Rachett’s compartment.

 

Name: Countess Andreyi

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious circumstances: Grease spot on her passport. Handkerchief was found with her initial on it in Rachett’s compartment

 

Name: Greta Ohlsson

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious circumstances: None that we know of

 

Name: Antonio Foscarelli

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: Bouc doesn’t trust Italians.

 

Name: Hardman

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: None that we know of

 

Name: Hildegarde Schmidt

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: None that we know of

 

Name: Hector MacQueen

Motive: Anger against Rachett, his former employeer

Suspicious circumstances: None that we know of

 

Name: Count Andreyi

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: None

 

Name: Pierre Michel

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: Could’ve killed Rachett while everyone was asleep

 

 

 

 

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Lord Edgeware Dies

Jane Wilkinson brags about how much she would like to kill her husband. The next day he is dead and quite a few people testify that she was the last person to see him alive. But an equal amount of people if not more testify to her being at a dinner party during the time which the murder was committed. If Jane did not kill her husband then who did? And how do you explain that she was in two places at once?

Basically the two prime suspects for this story are Jane Wilkinson and Carlotta Adams. I’ll write both their bios and leave it to you to decide who did it.

Name: Jane Wilkinson

Motive: Wants to marry the Duke of Merton. Has bragged in the past about how she wants to get rid of her husband.

Suspicious Circumstances: People  say that she was the last person to see her husband alive.

Name: Carlotta Adams

Motive: None

Suspicious Circumstances: Can do a spot-on impression of Jane. A briefcase was found with makeup and a wig in it.

Peril at End House

So this is a bit of a different mystery so I’m just going to write the scenario.

Nick Buckley has narrowly escaped death three times. She believes that it was all just accidents but Poirot isn’t so sure. When Miss Buckley’s cousin gets killed the plot deepens further. Are the two culprits the same person or not?

I really enjoyed this book. I guessed who the culprit was at the beginning of the book but as the plot thickened I began to second-guess myself.  I would recommend this book too anyone who likes to read.

The Mystery of the Blue Train

Ruth and Derek Kettering’s marriage is falling apart. Ruth is wrapped up in an affair with Comte de la Roche while Derek is seeing Mirelle an exotic dancer. Both secretly reserve spaces on the Blue Train for their own purposes without the knowledge of the other. While on this train. Ruth Kettering is killed. Valuable jewels from her compartment are taking making it look like just like another train robbery but Hercule Poirot is not so sure.

Name: Monsiuer le Marquis

Motive: Would want those jewels

Suspicious Circumstances: None

 

Name; Demetrius Papopolous

Motive: Would also want those jewels

Suspicious Circumstances: None

 

Name; Rufus Van Aldin

Motive: Wanted him away from his daughter, Ruth

Suspicious circumstances: None

 

Name: Major Richard Knighton

Motive: None Apparent

Suspicious circumstances: None

 

Name: Derek Kettering

Motive: Wanted Ruth out of the way so that he could be with Mirelle

Suspicious Circumstances: Was seen entering his wife’s compartment

 

Name: Mirelle

Motive: Wanted Ruth out of the way so that she could be with Derek

Suspicious Circumstances: Was on the same train as Ruth

 

Name: Katherine Grey

Motive: None

Suspicious Circumstances: Was on the same train as Ruth

 

Name: Ada Mason

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: None

 

Name:Comte Armand de la Roche

Motive: he wanted the jewels

Suspicious Circumstances: Ruth could have easily concealed him in her room not knowing that he planned to kill her.

 

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Dr. James Sheppard, the narrator of this book, is invited by Roger Ackroyd to dinner. While he is there they discuss Mrs.  Ferrars who was blackmailed after she killed her husband. Ackroyd says that if he ever finds out who blackmailed Mrs. Ferrars he’d make him pay. At about this time he gets a letter from Mrs. Ferrars saying the name of her blackmailer. Despite urging from Dr. James Sheppard, her refuses to read the letter. Reluctantly, Dr. Sheppard goes home. Later, he receives a call from Parker saying that Ackroyd has been murdered. When he arrives at the house Parker denies ever calling him. Together they break into Ackroyd’s study. They find that he has been murdered.

Name: Dr. James Sheppard

Motive: no apparent motives

Suspicious Circumstances: He was alone with Roger Ackroyd for ten minutes that are unaccounted for in the book

Name: Ralph Paton

Motive:

  • money
  • revenge
  • freedom

Suspicious Circumstances: Went into hiding after the murder

Name: Miss Russell

Motive: None

Suspicious Circumstances: Inquisitive about poisons

Name: Mrs. Cecil Ackroyd

Motive:

  • money
  • independence
  • revenge

Suspicious Circumstances: none

Name: Flora Ackroyd

Motive: money

Suspicious Circumstances: Defended Ralph even when it looked bad for him

Name: Parker

Motive: none apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: had blackmailed his previous employer

Name: Geoffrey Raymond

Motive: money

Suspicious Circumstances: was low on money

Name: Major Blunt

Motive: love for Flora

Suspicious Circumstances: none

Name: Ursula Borne

Motive:

  • money
  • anger
  • revenge

Suspicious Circumstances:

  • was leaving
  • Roger Ackroyd had been angry with her earlier

Name: Charles Kent

Motive: None

Suspicious Circumstances: asked Dr. Sheppard the way to Fernly Park

 

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

mpbooks: Today on mpbooks we are debuting a new segment entitled Hercule Poirot. Instead of writing a traditional book review, I will write a synopsis of whatever Poirot book I just finished, and a list of possible suspects, their motives, and suspicious circumstances. This week, I am doing The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

The story opens with Arthur Hastings going to visit his friend, John Cavendish, at his house, Styles. During his visit, Emily Cavendish, John’s mother, is murdered. Hercule Poirot soon arrives on the scene and they begin to get down to the business of which member of the household killed Mrs. Cavendish.

Name: Alfred Inglethorp

Motive: Money

Suspicious Circumstances:

  • Recently married to the deceased
  • was overheard arguing with Emily
  • everyone,especially Evelyn Howard, seems to think he did it
  • Was seen buying poison
  • denies the last bullet point but refuses to say  where he actually was

Name: John Cavendish

Motive: he is the vested remainderman at Styles

Suspiscious Circumstances:

  • was also overheard arguing with his mother
  • there is evidence to suggest that he obtained poison

Name: Lawrence Cavendish

Motive: money

Suspicious Circumstances: Maintains that the murder was suicide when it obviously wasn’t

Name: Mary Cavendish

Motive: married to John Cavendish so she would indirectly inherit the estate

Suspicious Circumstances:Admitted that she could have easily overheard the argument but refuses to say who was arguing with Mrs. Cavendish

Name: Cynthia Murdoch

Motive: Revenge

Suspicious Circumstances: Could have easily poisoned Mrs. Cavendish

Name: Evelyn Howard

Motive: anger after being dismissed by Mrs. Cavendish

Suspicious Circumstances: None