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* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Nick, Freddie, and Maggie. [[spoiler: The fact that both Nick and Maggie have the first name Magdala but neither uses it is what makes the plan possible]].

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* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Nick, Freddie, and Maggie. [[spoiler: The fact that both Nick and Maggie have the [[SignificantNameOverlap first name Magdala Magdala]] but neither uses it is what makes the plan possible]].



* SignificantNameOverlap: Both Nick and her cousin Maggie are legally 'Magdala Buckley'.

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* SignificantNameOverlap: Both Nick [[spoiler:Nick and Maggie]] share the same legal name, [[spoiler:Magdala]], and this is what makes the murderer's plan even possible. [[spoiler:Nick pretends that someone is after her cousin Maggie are legally 'Magdala Buckley'.life to gain the inheritance she had just received from her deceased fiancee--except the one who's meant to inherit the wealth is actually Maggie, and ''Nick'' murders ''her'' for the money while pretending that the killer had got the wrong victim]].


* OneSteveLimit: Subverted: [[spoiler:Both Nick and her cousin Maggie are legally 'Magdala Buckley'.]]


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* SignificantNameOverlap: Both Nick and her cousin Maggie are legally 'Magdala Buckley'.


* InheritanceMurder: This is a suspected motive behind the attacks on Nick, as she is engaged to Michael Seton, nephew and inheritor of "the second-richest man in England", who had named his fiancee as his own inheritor. [[spoiler:While Seton's money was indeed the motive for the murder, the truth plays out differently from what was presupposed. Michael was engaged, not to Nick, but to her cousin Maggie. As they have the same name -- Magdala Buckley -- Nick murders her cousin in order to claim the inheritance Michael had left for Maggie]].

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* InheritanceMurder: This is a suspected motive behind the attacks on Nick, as she is engaged to Michael Seton, nephew and inheritor of "the second-richest man in England", who had named his fiancee as his own inheritor. [[spoiler:While [[spoiler:DoubleSubverted: While Seton's money was indeed the motive for the murder, the truth plays out differently from what was presupposed. Michael was engaged, not to Nick, but to her cousin Maggie. As they have the same name -- Magdala Buckley -- Nick murders her cousin in order to claim the inheritance Michael had left for Maggie]].

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* ChekhovsGun: Magdala Buckley's nickname, of all things. She explains her actual name is Magdala but since it's such a common name in the family, that she prefers for others to call her Nick. [[spoiler:Poirot realizes that Seton would have referred to his fiancee by her AffectionateNickname in his love letters, and that Maggie was the actually engaged party since she was another Magdala Buckley]].


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* DramaQueen: A plot point; Freddie mentions to Poirot that Nick is an "actress" and is always making up lies to be at the center of attention. She's forced to eat her words when someone shoots Maggie, mistaking her for Nick. [[spoiler:Poirot admits that Freddie had the better measure of her friend, and that Nick was a drama queen. She created the whole plot to get Poirot on her side and exonerate her of potential murder]].


* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Nick, Freddie, and Maggie. [[spoiler: The fact that both Nick and Maggie have the first name Magdala but neither use it is what makes the plan possible]].

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* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Nick, Freddie, and Maggie. [[spoiler: The fact that both Nick and Maggie have the first name Magdala but neither use uses it is what makes the plan possible]].


* JustOneLittleMistake: The use of a love letter that does not mention [[spoiler:Nick's serious operation, despite being dated for that time. There are surprisingly few letters for such an ardent love affair, as Nick had to remove all of the ones that mention the real recipient. Also, her RevealingCoverup at the end.]]

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* JustOneLittleMistake: The use of Despite how brilliantly manipulative the killer is, they make three mistakes: [[spoiler:firstly, suppressing the fact that she had already sent for Maggie and was simply asking her to come a day earlier, and secondly, using a love letter from Seton that does not mention [[spoiler:Nick's a serious operation, operation she had, despite being dated for that time. There are surprisingly few letters for such an ardent love affair, as Nick had to remove all of the ones that mention the real recipient. Also, The third mistake was her RevealingCoverup at in trying to frame Freddie by placing her pistol in the end.latter's coat pocket.]]

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* NearVillainVictory: The killer comes incredibly close to succeeding, [[spoiler:having very skillfully manipulated Poirot into firmly believing that her life was in danger and that she was the intended victim of her cousin's murder, working hard to protect her, and investigating every outlandish possibility save the real one until the very end of the story. He is only put on the right path due to a curious line in a letter that Maggie had written to her mother.]]


* CoincidentalDodge: Nick appears to be bothered by a fly near her face. It turns out to be a bullet that went through her hat and narrowly missed hitting her, which Poirot finds nearby. [[spoiler:Subverted; she planted the bullet, made the hole in her hat, and pretended to be bothered by a fly, all to re-enforce the idea that someone was trying to kill her]]

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* CoincidentalDodge: Nick appears to be bothered by a fly near her face. It turns out to be a bullet that went through her hat and narrowly missed hitting her, which Poirot finds nearby. [[spoiler:Subverted; she planted the bullet, made the hole in her hat, and pretended to be bothered by a fly, all to re-enforce the idea that someone was trying to kill her]]her.]]



* DrugsAreBad: Played with. [[spoiler:Freddie]] is a recovering cocaine addict, trying to get clean of the stuff after being addicted by [[spoiler:her violent addict husband. Commander Challenger]] is also found out to be a drug dealer. And then Nick gets poisoned by cocaine-laced chocolates [[spoiler:that she herself prepared]].

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* DrugsAreBad: Played with. [[spoiler:Freddie]] is a recovering cocaine addict, trying to get clean of the stuff after being addicted by [[spoiler:her violent addict husband. Commander Challenger]] is also found out to be a drug dealer. And then Nick gets poisoned by cocaine-laced chocolates [[spoiler:that she herself prepared]].prepared, and after she is unmasked as the murderer, it is implied that she will use a full dose of cocaine to kill herself]].



* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Nick]] is persuaded by Poirot to do this, in order to expose [[spoiler:the Crofts]].

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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Nick]] is persuaded by Poirot to do this, in order to expose [[spoiler:the Crofts]]. Crofts. Poirot also does this in order to stage the drama that Nick always wanted in End House, and to give her an opportunity to incriminate herself in the process.]]

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* ReversePsychology: The killer is a master of this. [[spoiler:Nick goads Poirot into concluding that her life is in danger, while at the same time laughing it off and insisting that the things that happened to her were just silly accidents. When he insists that she call for someone to be with her, she half-heartedly suggests summoning Maggie, while also making a big deal about how there are better choices, but Poirot says she will do admirably (just as Nick planned).]]


* AntiAdvice: This is how Poirot reacts to Hastings calling Commander Challenger a "pukka sahib" (a [[UsefulNotes/TheRaj Raj]] term for a [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman true gentleman]]), deciding that it might be worth investigating him after all. [[spoiler: Sure enough...]]

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* AntiAdvice: This is how Poirot reacts to Hastings calling Commander Challenger a "pukka sahib" (a [[UsefulNotes/TheRaj Raj]] term for a [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman true proper gentleman]]), deciding that it might be worth investigating him after all. [[spoiler: Sure enough...]]


* AntiAdvice: This is how Poirot reacts to Hastings calling Commander Challenger a "pukka sahib" (a [[UsefulNotes/TheRaj Raj]] term for a true gentleman), deciding that it might be worth investigating him after all. [[spoiler: Sure enough...]]

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* AntiAdvice: This is how Poirot reacts to Hastings calling Commander Challenger a "pukka sahib" (a [[UsefulNotes/TheRaj Raj]] term for a [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman true gentleman), gentleman]]), deciding that it might be worth investigating him after all. [[spoiler: Sure enough...]]

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* AntiAdvice: This is how Poirot reacts to Hastings calling Commander Challenger a "pukka sahib" (a [[UsefulNotes/TheRaj Raj]] term for a true gentleman), deciding that it might be worth investigating him after all. [[spoiler: Sure enough...]]


* NamesTheSame: [[spoiler:Both Nick and her cousin Maggie are legally 'Magdala Buckley'.]]


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* OneSteveLimit: Subverted: [[spoiler:Both Nick and her cousin Maggie are legally 'Magdala Buckley'.]]


** Poirot mentions that Mr. and Mrs. Croft seem almost [[{{Flanderization}} excessively Australian]]. [[spoilers:He's right, they're crooks hiding out.]]

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** Poirot mentions that Mr. and Mrs. Croft seem almost [[{{Flanderization}} excessively Australian]]. [[spoilers:He's [[spoiler:He's right, they're crooks hiding out.]]


* CacophonyCoverUp: [[spoiler:Maggie]] is shot to death during a fireworks display, so nobody hears or sees what exactly happened.



%%* DrugsAreBad: Played with.

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%%* * DrugsAreBad: Played with. [[spoiler:Freddie]] is a recovering cocaine addict, trying to get clean of the stuff after being addicted by [[spoiler:her violent addict husband. Commander Challenger]] is also found out to be a drug dealer. And then Nick gets poisoned by cocaine-laced chocolates [[spoiler:that she herself prepared]].



** Poirot mentions that Mr. and Mrs. Croft seem almost [[{{Flanderization}} excessively Australian]]. [[spoilers:He's right, they're crooks hiding out.]]



* GhostlyGlide: [[spoiler:Nick is described as hovering across the floor when she appears at the seance.]]



* InheritanceMurder: This is a suspected motive behind the attacks on Nick, as she is engaged to the millionaire Michael Seton, who had left all his fortune to his fiancee. [[spoiler:While Seton's money was indeed the motive for the murder, the truth plays out differently from what was presupposed. Michael was engaged, not to Nick, but to her cousin Maggie. As they have the same name -- Magdala Buckley -- Nick murders her cousin in order to claim the inheritance Michael had left for Maggie]].
* JustOneLittleMistake: The use of a love letter that does not mention [[spoiler:Nick's serious operation, despite being dated for that time. Also, her RevealingCoverup at the end.]]

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* InheritanceMurder: This is a suspected motive behind the attacks on Nick, as she is engaged to the millionaire Michael Seton, nephew and inheritor of "the second-richest man in England", who had left all named his fortune to fiancee as his fiancee.own inheritor. [[spoiler:While Seton's money was indeed the motive for the murder, the truth plays out differently from what was presupposed. Michael was engaged, not to Nick, but to her cousin Maggie. As they have the same name -- Magdala Buckley -- Nick murders her cousin in order to claim the inheritance Michael had left for Maggie]].
* JustOneLittleMistake: The use of a love letter that does not mention [[spoiler:Nick's serious operation, despite being dated for that time. There are surprisingly few letters for such an ardent love affair, as Nick had to remove all of the ones that mention the real recipient. Also, her RevealingCoverup at the end.]]



* LostWillAndTestament: The will of Nick is missing, only to turn up after her [[spoiler:faked]] death, and it turns out that it's a fake made by [[spoiler:the Crofts]].

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* LostWillAndTestament: The will of Nick is missing, only to turn up after her [[spoiler:faked]] death, and it turns out that it's a fake made by [[spoiler:the Crofts]].Crofts, who persuaded her to make a will in the first place, then prevented it from reaching her cousin/lawyer after she survived the operation. When she apparently dies for real, then send their version to him]].


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* NamesTheSame: [[spoiler:Both Nick and her cousin Maggie are legally 'Magdala Buckley'.]]

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