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The Adventure of "The Western Star" [short story]

by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 3* of five

The Publisher Says: A classic Agatha Christie short story, available individually for the first time as an ebook.

Movie star Mary Marvell consults with Hercule Poirot after receiving threatening letters that warn her to return her diamond, the famous ‘Western Star’, to its rightful owner. But who does own the diamond, and is it even the genuine article?

My Review: Again, a 99¢ Kindle Single as well as an episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot's second season.

Good lord, society was racist in those days. In 1923, when this story was published, making the villain Chinese was a piece of shorthand for morally degenerate furriner. That the ultimate culprits were not Chinese and that the reason for the jewel theft was simple and sordid adultery made the entire tale predictable. This was more of a Columbo episode than it was a typical Christie.

The look of these shows is stellar. I love it, this Art Deco beauty and lushness. What's very strange to me is how much the atmosphere of the stories (in these early seasons) depends on Poirot and Hastings acting like an old married couple. Bicker bicker bicker! Smile and make up. Bicker some more, Poirot says something cutting, Hastings acts hurt, smile and make up! It was 1990 when these were made, no one can convince me that there's any chance of this being unconscious or accidental.

Well anyway it's a charming way to pass an hour.


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  richardderus | Aug 25, 2014 |
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Three episodes of the impeccably turned-out diminutive Belgian sleuth. With the his razor sharp mind and the aid of the affabel Captain Hastings, Poirot unravels the thorniest cases without mussing a hair of his famously sculpted mustache. Set in the elegance 1930's England, the series also includes Chief Inspector Japp and Miss Lemon.… (more)

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