~Thank you for all your kind comments on our latest Tale for Our Time. John Lewis, a Mark Steyn Club member from not too far from where this book takes place, writes:
Here in the UK and for all I know overseas we have been spoiled by the definitive screen Poirot as performed by David Suchet who completed the entire "set" including numerous short stories (many which are somewhat slight but still make for an enjoyable 50 minutes viewing).
However it is a treat to hear this reading of the entire unabridged story. The extra length above and beyond the TV adaptations allows for a much fuller appreciation of the work than could ever be achieved in two hours no matter how good the acting and locations.
Well, that's the difference between adaptation and serialization, John. All I do is read every word Mrs Christie wrote. That's a much easier task than my late Bafta chum Clive Exton, who wrote most of the best of those telly Poirots, ever had.
In tonight's penultimate episode of our tale, Poirot disposes of one of the case's remaining difficulties - how the poison was administered:
Now we are faced with a new problem. We know the cocoa contained no strychnine. The coffee was never drunk. Yet the strychnine must have been administered between seven and nine o'clock that evening. What third medium was there—a medium so suitable for disguising the taste of strychnine that it is extraordinary no one has thought of it?" Poirot looked round the room, and then answered himself impressively...
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