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This review is from: Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 8 [DVD] (DVD)
With this collection, the Poirot series is almost an end. If it is, then it will be missed.
The pick of the this season is Murder on the Orient Express. I was hoping that this book would be reserved for Poirot's swansong and given the luxury of a two and a half hour special, which is what it would take to tell the story adequately. Alas, it was not to be. However, the producers have solved the problem of the book by down-playing the mystery (which Poirot solves quite quickly) and highlighting his subsequent moral dilemma. Although I am a little sceptical about using Christie's artificial puzzles as a basis for morality tales, I think this approach actually works quite well.
Hallo-een Party is very atmospheric but is slightly undermined by a highly implausible plot twist towards the end. Nonetheless, it is a good addition to the Poirot canon.
Three Act Tragedy has a somewhat disjointed structure that is dictated by the nature of the story. It is the most conventional of the three shows, but is still good fun.
Overall, Poirot fans should be well satified with this collection (I was) and there is the bonus of some good extras on the DVD.