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A detective novel by Agatha Christie published in 1938

The novel has been adapted multiple times. Christie herself made a stage play in 1945 that removed Poirot from the story and changed the ending. A movie adaptation was released in 1988 featuring an AllStarCast, including Creator/PeterUstinov, Creator/CarrieFisher, Creator/JohnGielgud and Creator/PiperLaurie. In 1992 it was adapted for radio by BBC Radio 4 with John Moffat as Poirot.

It has also been adapted by ITV's ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' as part of the 11th season, starring Creator/DavidSuchet as Poirot. Like many other episodes, the TV adaptation features many changes to the plot and characters. Tropes for the TV adaptation can be found on the page for the series.


!!Appointment with Death contains examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Lady Boyinton, whose only amusement in life comes from controlling and terrorising her children.
* AssholeVictim: The victim is established as an unpleasant and tyrranical towards her children. They finally gain their HappyEnding at the end of the novel, which probably would not have been possible with her still alive.
* BlackmailBackfire: While the victim never actually gets that far, it's her unspoken threat to reaveal the murderer's secret that gets her killed. Poirot speculates that she wanted someone to control and toy with, and would have eventually revealed the truth anyway.
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: After the case is solved, most of the innocent charracters are paired up in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.
* DarkSecret: The murderer has one. [[spoiler:Lady Celia Westeholme was previously an incarcerated criminal, something her wealthy husband doesn't know about. She's willing to commit murder to keep it hidden.]]
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Lady Boynton was planning on exploiting the murderer's criminal past and presumably reveal it. Thus, she had to go.
* HidingInAHijab: The murder plot involves cobbling together a disguise of an Arab servant in order to steal the poison, commit the murder and create a fake suspect.
* InternalRetcon: The epilogue shows a newspaper article reporting the murderer's suicide as an accident.
* NotHisSled: The stage play adaptation changes the solution to the murder: [[spoiler:Rather than being murdered by Lady Westholme, Lady Boyinton commits suicide in order to instill fear and paranoia over her children, intending to make her iron grip on their lives last even in death.]]
* WhoMurderedTheAsshole: A very typical example. Lady Boynton is so despised that everyone in her family discover her body and fail to report it, each believing that someone else in the family did it.


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