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Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly
on 31 October 2014
This novella was originally written for publication in a magazine, but, astonishing as it sounds, could not find a home due to the odd length –neither a short story or a novel. Agatha Christie had written it in order to raise money for a new stained glass window at the church she worshipped at, but decided to write a new story with a similar title featuring Miss Marple (she used a similar title as she wanted the story to reflect the home she purchased in 1938 and loved dearly). Thankfully, she felt this novella needed not to be pared down, but rather extended and later released it as the Poirot novel, “Dead Man’s Folly.” This, then, is the original novella and, if you have read “Dead Man’s Folly,” it is interesting to compare the two.
Poirot is dealing with his correspondence with the admirable Miss Lemon, when he received a call from mystery writer Ariadne Oliver. She asks him to come to her immediately and, perturbed – and not a little intrigued – he rushes to her side. Mrs Oliver is staying at the house of Sir George Stubbs and his rather childlike wife, Hattie. She is to organise a ‘murder hunt’ for the fete taking place in the grounds of Greenshore, complete with clues, suspects and, of course, a victim…. However, she feels that something is wrong and asks Poirot for his help and advice. What follows is a murder hunt in which the victim is all too well and Poirot must untangle the mystery of Greenshore. I enjoyed this very much and was glad that Christie decided to expand this into a novel, as the plot, characters and setting are very enjoyable. I am glad that this original novella is now available for lovers of Agatha Christie’s work to read in the original format.