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Les Petits Meurtres d'Agatha Christie is a French TV adaptation of Creator/AgathaChristie's murder novels and short stories. The stories are set in 1930s (and 1950s in the second era) Northern France.

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Petits Meurtres d'Agatha Christie Christie'' is a French TV adaptation of Creator/AgathaChristie's murder novels and short stories. The stories are set in 1930s (and 1950s in the second era) Northern France.


* MissingMom: Alice is an orphan, and the reason her last name is "Avril" is that she was [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned as a baby]] and given to the Assistance Publique as a DoorstopBaby. [[spoiler:She's reunited with her mother in "La Mystérieuse affaire de Styles", only for her mother to be murdered.]]

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* MissingMom: Alice is an orphan, and the reason her last name is "Avril" is that she was [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned as a baby]] and given to the Assistance Publique as a DoorstopBaby.DoorstopBaby one April 1st. [[spoiler:She's reunited with her mother in "La Mystérieuse affaire de Styles", only for her mother to be murdered.]]


* DisappearedDad: Lampion mentions once that he never knew his father.
* DisguisedInDrag: Emile in "Je ne suis pas coupable", in order to infiltrate a feminist meeting. Not as quite PlayedForLaughs as the trope usually plays out.



* DisguisedInDrag: Laurence dresses as a woman in the episode "L'Homme au complet" in order to pass himself as a secretary.

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* DisguisedInDrag: Laurence dresses as a woman in the episode "L'Homme au complet" complet marron" in order to pass himself as a secretary.



* ReplacementGoldfish: Litteraly. In the episode "Crimes en haute couture", [[spoiler: Laurence accidentally kills Marlene's pet goldfish Bubulle by feeding him liquorice. He buys a new one before Marlene becomes aware, but she notices the slight differences between Bubulle and other goldfishes.]]

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* ReplacementGoldfish: Litteraly. In the episode "Crimes en haute couture", [[spoiler: Laurence accidentally kills Marlene's pet goldfish Bubulle by feeding him liquorice. He buys a new one before Marlene becomes aware, but she notices the slight differences between Bubulle and other goldfishes.]]

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In episode six "Cartes sur table" a man is murdered in Laurence's appartment with Laurence's own pistol and he has no alibi. To avoid being suspended from the case he asks Alice to pretend to have had a dalliance with him that night. She plays along but in front of Marlène and the commissaire divisionaire she gives the story her twist: under the pretext of discussing the case Laurence had brought her to a dark country road where he had attempted to have his way with her, asked if she wants to press charges she answers that she found him so pathetic and vulnerable that she took pity on him and when asked if that was at the time of murder she says no, that it was much earlier but you know how it is with men of a certain age, they don't last very long and that afterward Laurence had fallen asleep, all the while impishly glancing at a glaring Laurence.

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*AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: in the first episode, as in the rest of the series Laurence never lets pass an occasion to put Alice down or insult her. But when at the end of the episode he finds out that her editor has put his own byline on the article she wrote he wordlessly stomps in the editor's office and bitchslaps him off his chair.


* BiTheWay: [[spoiler:Alice]] finds [[spoiler:her]] ClosetKey in "Le Miroir se brisa]] after having had previous heterosexual affairs.

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* BiTheWay: [[spoiler:Alice]] finds [[spoiler:her]] ClosetKey in "Le Miroir se brisa]] brisa" after having had previous heterosexual affairs.


Les Petits Meurtres d'Agatha Christie is a French TV adaptation of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Agatha Christie's murder novels and short stories]]. The stories are set in 1930s (and 1950s in the second era) Northern France.

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Les Petits Meurtres d'Agatha Christie is a French TV adaptation of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Agatha Christie's Creator/AgathaChristie's murder novels and short stories]].stories. The stories are set in 1930s (and 1950s in the second era) Northern France.

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* DisguisedInDrag: Laurence dresses as a woman in the episode "L'Homme au complet" in order to pass himself as a secretary.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Promotional teasers for the show feature the main cast telling when the next season will begin.
** There are also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_4vmA9eziQ bonus videos]] where the main cast meets their own characters. The actors explain that they play the characters but the characters disagree.


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* DeadpanSnarker: Laurence.


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* PowerTrio: Laurence, Alice and Marlene.

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* AFriendInNeed: Alice and Marlene usually help each other, sometimes while Laurence is working alone.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Marlene has a crush on Laurence, but he hardly notices it.


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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Laurence is usually cold and snarky towards Alice, but he can be willing to help her during difficult times.
* MasterOfDisguise: Avril and Marlene sometimes have to disguise or use a fake identity in order for an investigation to progress.


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* ReplacementGoldfish: Litteraly. In the episode "Crimes en haute couture", [[spoiler: Laurence accidentally kills Marlene's pet goldfish Bubulle by feeding him liquorice. He buys a new one before Marlene becomes aware, but she notices the slight differences between Bubulle and other goldfishes.]]
* SignificantDoubleCasting: Marlene's sister Solange is played by Elodie Frenck, who happens to play Marlene!




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\n* ScreamingWoman: A OnceAnEpisode staple when a corpse is discovered. In the second era, Alice and Marlène are not exempt of this trope.



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* BiTheWay: [[spoiler:Alice]] finds [[spoiler:her]] ClosetKey in "Le Miroir se brisa]] after having had previous heterosexual affairs.


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* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: In reply to one of Laurence's meanest, most cruel insults, Alice grins and says, "One day, I'll rip out your heart - with an oyster fork".


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* MistakenForDying: Alice has a scooter accident at the start of "Albert Major parlait trop" and has to spend most of the episode in a hospital. At some point, her doctor gets her file mixed up with that of a cancer patient, and tells Marlène and Laurence (her next-of-kin) that she's not long for this world. Them taking it badly is both PlayedForLaughs and [[PlayedForDrama for drama]].
* MissingMom: Alice is an orphan, and the reason her last name is "Avril" is that she was [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned as a baby]] and given to the Assistance Publique as a DoorstopBaby. [[spoiler:She's reunited with her mother in "La Mystérieuse affaire de Styles", only for her mother to be murdered.]]

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* AssholeVictim: Alexandre Protheroe in "L'Affaire Protheroe".


The series has two sets of main characters and era: Commissaire (equivalent of DCI in Britain) Jean Larosière and Inspecteur (DI) Emile Lampion in 1935-1939, and Commissaire Swan Laurence and reporter Alice Avril in 1955-1962. The setting update was made when the two actors playing Larosière and Lampion left the series. There are 11 90-minutes-long episodes in the first era and 10 (so far) in the second.

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The series has two sets of main characters and era: Commissaire (equivalent of DCI in Britain) Jean Larosière and Inspecteur (DI) Emile Lampion in 1935-1939, and Commissaire Swan Laurence and reporter Alice Avril in 1955-1962. The setting update was made when the two actors playing Larosière and Lampion left the series. There are 11 90-minutes-long episodes in the first era and 10 16 (so far) in the second.

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