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* ComicBookTime: Poirot is supposedly old and retired in the early 1920s, but is still detecting over forty years later, as ''Third Girl'' is explicitly set in sixties "swinging London".


* ''After the Funeral'' (1953)

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* ''After the Funeral'' ''Literature/AfterTheFuneral'' (1953)

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* HereditaryCurse: In ''The Lemesurier Inheritance'', the Lemesurier family had a curse since medieval times that no first-born son would ever inherit. The curse was caused by Baron Hugo who walled up his wife and son after suspecting her of being unfaithful and that his son was not his (the wife was later proven innocent). The wife in response cursed the Baron and his descendants before she died.


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* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: In the end of ''The Lemesurier Inheritance'', Poirot is strongly implying that Ronald Lemesurier's real father is John Gardiner, secretary to Hugo Lemesurier, based on the similarity in hair color of Ronald and John.


* GenteelInterbellumSetting: Poirot leaves the time of his death up to ''le bon Dieu''.

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* GenteelInterbellumSetting: Poirot leaves the time The novels began in 1920 and lasted till 1975. A majority of his death up to ''le bon Dieu''.them have this setting in mind.



* SocietyMarchesOn: In "The Capture Of Cerberus", what draws Poirot's attention to the villain is that [[spoiler: she wears unflattering clothes, in particular, a skirt with ''pockets''. To Poirot, this is unimaginable, because surely no woman would ever care so little about her own appearance as to wear pockets]]. Nowadays, it'd be hard to find anyone who'd agree.

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* SocietyMarchesOn: As the novels went on, from the 50s and into the 60s Poriot becomes increasingly disillusioned with the growing pop culture and perceived coarseness of the younger generation.
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In "The Capture Of Cerberus", what draws Poirot's attention to the villain is that [[spoiler: she wears unflattering clothes, in particular, a skirt short story begins with ''pockets''. To Poirot, this is unimaginable, because surely no woman would ever care so little Poirot on a subway looking at how mousy and uncaring people are about her own appearance as to wear pockets]]. Nowadays, it'd be hard to find anyone who'd agree.their appearance, and misses when women in his opinion were flamboyant and elegant.

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* NoodleIncident: Poirot's vacation in Istanbul is cut short by a telegram alerting him of a development in the "Kassner case" in London, prompting him to book a trip home on the next Orient Express. We all know how ''that'' turned out, but never learned any further information about the Kassner case itself.


* BusmansHoliday: Multiple times, sometimes lampshaded. For instance, ''Murder on the Orient Express'', when he finds himself involved in a murder mystery while traveling home from solving another.

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* BusmansHoliday: Multiple times, sometimes lampshaded. For instance, ''Murder on the Orient Express'', when he finds himself involved in a murder mystery while traveling home from solving another.another (and ''to'' another).

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* HeelFaceDoorSlam: In ''The Hollow'' [[AssholeVictim Dr. John Christow]] has finally gotten closure on the love affair he fled years before, and has [[HeelRealization an epiphany]] about how much of a jerk he's been to the women in his life. He resolves to atone for his past behavior--and is promptly shot to death.


* LateArrivalSpoiler: Christie's novels occasionally revealed the solutions of previous works, a habit which vexed her publishers. For instance, in ''Literature/CardsOnTheTable'', Poirot makes a reference to the solution to ''Murder on the Orient Express''. The reference is very subtle, but enough to spoil it for someone who has not yet read that novel. Even worse, in ''Dumb Witness'', Poirot casually mentions the names of the guilty parties from ''four'' previous novels in a single sentence.

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* LateArrivalSpoiler: Christie's novels occasionally revealed the solutions of previous works, a habit which vexed her publishers. For instance, in ''Literature/CardsOnTheTable'', Poirot makes a reference to the solution to ''Murder on the Orient Express''. The reference is very subtle, but enough to spoil it for someone who has not yet read that novel. Even worse, in ''Dumb Witness'', Poirot casually mentions the names of the guilty parties from ''four'' previous novels in a single sentence. Seriously spoilers, these are the names [[spoiler:(Evelyn Howard, Norman Gale, Doctor Shepard, and Major Nighton)]].


* ''The Mystery of Three Quarters'' (2018), (the third novel by Hannah)



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* AlwaysMurder: Most of the stories with ocasionally aversions. Lampshaded in Dead Man's Mirror:

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* AlwaysMurder: Most of the stories with ocasionally occasional aversions. Lampshaded in Dead Man's Mirror:



* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Subverted, since of course there is no one better than Hercule Poirot. Not even his brother Achille. [[spoiler:Who doesn't exist.]]

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Subverted, since of course there is no one better than Hercule Poirot. Not even his brother Achille. [[spoiler:Who [[spoiler: Who doesn't exist.]]


Many different actors have played Poirot on screen. Creator/PeterUstinov played him five times in the 1970s and 1980s, Creator/AlbertFinney was nominated for an Oscar for playing him in 1974, but nowadays the definitive portrayal is believed to be Creator/DavidSuchet's ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' (amusingly, he first played Inspector Japp in the 1985 adaptation of ''Literature/LordEdgwareDies''). Creator/KennethBranagh introduced his own interpretation [[Film/MurderOnTheOrientExpress2017 in 2017]] and intends to continue his own cinematic run as the Belgian.

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Many different actors have played Poirot on screen. Creator/PeterUstinov played him five times in the 1970s and 1980s, Creator/AlbertFinney was nominated for an Oscar for playing him in 1974, but nowadays the definitive portrayal is believed to be Creator/DavidSuchet's ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' (amusingly, he first played Inspector Japp in the 1985 adaptation of ''Literature/LordEdgwareDies''). Creator/KennethBranagh introduced his own interpretation [[Film/MurderOnTheOrientExpress2017 in 2017]] and intends to continue his own cinematic run as the Belgian. On television, Creator/JohnMalkovich took on the role for the Creator/{{BBC}} in 2018, playing a ''bearded'' Poirot in an adaptation of ''The ABC Murders''.

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* AlwaysMurder: Most of the stories with ocasionally aversions. Lampshaded in Dead Man's Mirror:
->'''Riddle''': "As you are on the scene, it probably would be murder!"\\
For a moment Poirot smiled.
->'''Poirot''': "[[IResembleThatRemark I hardly like that remark.]]"\\

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* PutOnABus: Hastings would make his last regular appearance in ''Dumb Witness''. He would not return again [[TheBusCameBack until]] ''Literature/{{Curtain}}''.

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* ChemicallyInducedInsanity: The Cretan Bull (part of ''The Labours of Hercules''): the "bull" in this case is a huge and energetic young man named Hugh who is suffering from hallucinations and sometimes wakes up with bloodied hands and the news that animals have been found butchered nearby. As his family has a history of congenital madness, he's afraid of going off the deep end and resolves to commit suicide when he thinks he's close to harming his fiancé. [[spoiler:He's perfectly sound in mind, the hallucinations being produced by drugs in his shaving cream. The actual madman is his father- or rather, his mother's husband, who does suffer from the family insanity and resolved to drive Hugh to suicide in revenge, having murdered his wife years ago. He shoots himself once found out.]]

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* InsistentTerminology: Hercule will ''always'' remind people he is not French, nor German. He is a proud Belgian.


Many different actors have played Poirot on screen. Creator/PeterUstinov played him on several occasions in the 1970s and 1980s, Creator/AlbertFinney was nominated for an Oscar for playing him in 1974, but nowadays the definitive portrayal is believed to be Creator/DavidSuchet's ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' (though ironically, he first played Inspector Japp in the 1985 adaptation of ''Literature/LordEdgwareDies'' before taking the role of Poirot). Creator/KennethBranagh introduced his own interpretation [[Film/MurderOnTheOrientExpress2017 in 2017]] and intends to continue his own cinematic run as the Belgian.

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Many different actors have played Poirot on screen. Creator/PeterUstinov played him on several occasions five times in the 1970s and 1980s, Creator/AlbertFinney was nominated for an Oscar for playing him in 1974, but nowadays the definitive portrayal is believed to be Creator/DavidSuchet's ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' (though ironically, (amusingly, he first played Inspector Japp in the 1985 adaptation of ''Literature/LordEdgwareDies'' before taking the role of Poirot).''Literature/LordEdgwareDies''). Creator/KennethBranagh introduced his own interpretation [[Film/MurderOnTheOrientExpress2017 in 2017]] and intends to continue his own cinematic run as the Belgian.

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