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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLANT, 21 July 2000
As you will now probably know I am A HUGE fan of Poirot! This does not disappoint! The first story is Christe at her very very best and it is clever and witty with very strong performances. A seemingly benile case turns into a web of international intrigue and I was very impressed with the performance of the obnoxious employer of the cook. The second story is brillant with a very VERy clever twist. These u can guess and as such are some of the best in the series!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two very enjoyable episode..., 13 Aug. 2005
"The Adventure of the Clapham Cook" and "Murder in the Mews" are two of the better short episodes from the Poirot series. While there is plenty of scope in feature-length episodes such as "Peril at End House" and "The ABC Murders" to develop both story lines and characters, shorter ones are not always as successful at making the audience feel a part of the action. These two tales, however, manage to be vastly entertaining and gripping.
"Clapham Cook" finds Poirot called in to investigate the whereabouts of the eponymous domestic. As Poirot and Hastings deal with this rather mundane matter, Chief Inspector Japp investigates an important bank robbery. Of course the two cases are linked, and our heroes have to race against time in order to solve both. Not only are the main characters on top form as ususal (Hastings, my personal favourite, has quite a time trying to keep up with Poirot's deductions, and spends most of the episode in a state of quiet bewilderment) but many of the secondary characters are great fun too: the truly vulgar Mrs Todd, the extremely dappy maid Annie, and the surprisingly dignified Eliza Dunn. This is definately one of my favourites.
"Murder in the Mews" is quite different in terms of content (an attractive young woman is found dead in her locked room) but is, like "Clapham Cook", a good all-rounder. The details of the case itself are interesting, with enough dodgy characters and skeletons in the proverbial cupboard to keep the story moving. At the same time there are some really enjoyable moments, such as when Poirot, a first-time golfer, very nearly gets a hole-in-one, much to Hastings' annoyance; and Japp's tongue-in-cheek comments about his wife.
So, basically, these are two very entertaining episodes with enough twists to keep the audience guessing. At the same time, the interplay between the main characters is as fun as ever. One of the great things about Poirot is despite the gloomy subject matter (murder, theft, kidnapping etc) things are rarely allowed to become too dismal - there is always some quirky comment or amusing incident to keep the atmostphere light.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Agatha Christie's Poirot: Dead Man's Mirror/Jewel Robbery At... [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 Feb. 2015
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