Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Just the Facts Category: Where — At a school
Cloak and Dagger Challenge #58
Date Finished: May 17, 2018
When the games mistress is found shot to death in the sports pavilion, the English girls boarding school is all upset. Some of the intrigue is related to missing jewels belonging to the deposed and now deceased young ruler of a Middle Eastern country, though there are perhaps other motives among the various staff and students at the school. Hercule Poirot makes a late appearance after a second murder to straighten things out.
There are some surprises here and some very good Christie characters, though it really improves when Poirot finally arrives in chapter 17. Perhaps Christie was tiring of Poirot, but he really is the most original and interesting of the characters here, even after all of his appearances. The work itself is comfortably entertaining, but not one of her best.