This collection comprises four feature length mysteries, taken from four fine novels spanning the great Poirot period of Christie's career. The Blue Train (1928), Cards on the Table (1936), Taken at the Flood (1948) and After the Funeral (1953), despite this they are presented as taking place during Poirot's later years.
The season as a whole seems to mark a shift from the quintessential "Who (or how) dunnit" to deeper novels in which Poirot participates rather than dominates. The viewer needs to adapt a little, Suchet has now completed fifty seven stories, therefore the shift is welcome to ensure ongoing freshness to the series.
Suchet is superb as usual, but the great treat is Zoe Wanamaker who in "Cards on the Table" totally assumes the personality of Ariadne Oliver, the eccentric novelist friend of Poirot, there are nine novels featuring Ariadne, so please, please let us see Zoe in some more of them soon.
The surprise for me was "Taken at the Flood", this is a much deeper novel that usually associated with Christie, it is not solely a vehicle for Poirot, it would stand up on it's own without him. A fine study of a ghastly dysfunctional family, and in David Hunter (excellent performance by Eliot Cowan) one of the most cold blooded villains we have met so far in the series.
All the superlatives apply, the never ending rosta of fine performances from great actors and actresses, long may this series continue.