Among the towering red cliffs and ancient ruins of Petra sits the corpse of Mrs. Boynton. A tiny puncture mark, the only sign of the fatal injection that killed her. Hercule Poirot recalls a remark he overheard back in Jerusalem: "You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?" Mrs. Boynton was, indeed, the most detestable woman he had ever met. With only 24 hours to solve the case, can Poirot find the killer amongst so many suspects?
Published in 1938, Appointment with Death was adapted by Christie for the stage, though she omitted to use Poirot in the adaptation. The play opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in London in 1945 to rave reviews. It was later adapted by Hollywood and EMI Pictures released it in 1988 with the great Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. Christie’s own travels helped inform the novel as did an archaeological dig she was involved in at Petra. In 2008 David Suchet appeared as Poirot in the ITV production.
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