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Sweet Mystery!

July 12th, 2010 at 08:00 am

Ah, sweet mystery of life…anyone remember Nelson Eddy singing that?

I’m a sucker for a good murder mystery. I have some very favorite authors who write good mysteries that make me think.

That being said, there’s nothing like a master like Agatha Christie. Last night Masterpiece Theatre had David Suchet as Poirot in the new “Murder on the Orient Express.”

If you don’t know, Poirot is Belgian and very prissy. But incredibly smart…he uses those gray cells. He figures out by listening and observing.

For years, PBS ran Poirot on Mystery! However, for a few years, no one in American had any of the Poirot. Thanks to the Internet I discovered Mr. Suchet was still taping as Poirot, but it was only available in the United Kingdom. That was a mystery I solved, but not to my delight.

But last night that was changed. Poirot was back and we were delighted.

After the program they had a special of David Suchet’s ride on the Orient Express and how many of the cars are original Pullman cars of the era of the 30s when the show was to be shot. Talk about exquisite style and fancy food! It was wonderful learning the history as well background of the train and how it still runs today. Apparently Mrs. Christie rode the train and used it as an inspiration for her story. Although not on her trip, the train did get stopped by a snow drift for 10 days and it gave her the idea for the story and Poirot getting to ride and solve the murder.

Welcome back Poirot!

6 Responses to “Sweet Mystery!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Hmm...I took a Mystery class in college. I think I read a book that had Poirot in it. It kept my attention, but now I don't remember the title.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    They've been running those Poirots on Mystery for the past few months! We tape and watch every one. I don't always love the episodes but I LOVE Suchet's portrayal. That new "Orient Express" last night was SOOO much better than the 70s movie version with Albert Finney--we hated his interpretation of Poirot.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    We think Suchet truly captures the prissy, picky, person of Poirot.

    I guess your pbs station has been running the Poirots...ours have not. Last night's showing was such a delight.

  4. HouseHopeful Says:

    I really love Suchet. Does a great job as Poirot! And my PBS didn't have it either Frown

  5. LittleGopher Says:

    I meant to watch this and forgot - arg! I lose track of time in the summer. I did see part of the train special, as that aired a few days ahead of Orient Express.

    My husband and I enjoy pretty much everything and anything on Mystery, and especially Poirot.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    If you missed it, go to the pbs site and you can watch it...I discovered that yesterday.

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