Three Act Tragedy
Delicated to
My Friends, Geoffrey and Violet Shipston
Collins, London, Jan. 1935
Dodd Mead, New York, 1934 as "Murder in Three Act"
Saturday Evening Post, Jun.9-Jul.14 1934 as 'Murder in Three Acts'


Thirteen guests arrived for dinner at the actor's house. It was to be a particularly unlucky evening for the mild-mannered Reverend Stephen Babbington, who choked on his cocktail, went into convulsions and died.
But when his martini glass was sent for chemical analysis, there was no trace of poison - just as Poirot had predicted. Even more troubling for the great detective, there was absolutely no motive ...


First Act - Suspicion
1. Crow's Nest
2. Incident Before Dinner
3. Sir Charles Wonders
4. A Modern Elaine
5. Flight From A Lady
Second Act - Certainty
1. Sir Charles Receives A Letter
2. The Missing Butler
3. Which Of Them?
4. The Evidence Of The Servants
5. In The Butler's Room
6. Concerning An Ink-Stain
7. Plan Of Campaign
Third Act - Discovery
1. Mrs Babbington
2. Lady Mary
3. Re-Enter Hercule Poirot
4. A Watching Brief
5. Division of Labour
6. Cynthia Dacres
7. Captain Dacres
8. Angela Sutcliffe
9. Murial Wills
10. Oliver Manders
11. Poirot Gives A Sherry Party
12. Day At Gilling
13. Mrs De Rushbridger
14. Miss Milray
15. Curtain


Charles Cartwright, Mr Satterthwaite, Dr.Strange, Miss Milray, Rev.Babbington, Mrs.Babbington, Hercule Poirot

Films & TV

Murder in Three Acts, US, 1986
TV drama list
Three Act Tragedy, ITV/UK, 2010
Agahta Christie's POIROT XII

UK/US covers


Collins / HarperCollins




Popular Library




Western Europe covers

Drame en trois actes

French index

Le Masque (#366) 1949

Club des Masques (#192) 1973

Le Livre de Poche (#6075) 1985


Drama in drie bedrijven

Dutch index


German index

Northern Europe covers

Tragedi i tre akter

Swedish index

Tragedie i 3 akter / Mord for åbent tæppe

Danish index

Tragedie i tre akter

Norwegian index

Murhenäytelmä kolmessa näytöksessä

Finnish index

Morð í þremur þáttum

Icelandic index

Tragöödia kolmes vaatuses

Estonian index

Traģēdija trīs cēlienos

Trijų veiksmų drama / Mirtis "Varnų lizde"

Lithuanian index

Southern Europe covers

Tragedia in tre atti

Italian index

Tragedia en tres actos

Spanish index

Assassinat en tres actes

Tragédia em Três Atos / Tragédia em Três Actos

Portuguese index

Tragédia em Três Atos

Tragédia em Três Actos

Θάνατος υπό δοκιμή (Τραγωδία σε τρείς πράξεις)

Greek index

Трагедија у три чина / Tragedija u tri cina

former Yugoslavia index

Tragedija u tri čina / Nikotin

former Yugoslavia index

Tragedija v treh dejanjih

former Yugoslavia index

Tragedija u tri čina

former Yugoslavia index

Eastern Europe covers

Tragédia o troch dejstvách

Tragédie o třech jednáních

Czech index

Tragédia három felvonásban / Hercule Poirot téved...?

Hungarian index

Трагедия в три действия

Bulgarian index

Tragedia w trzech aktach

Polish index


Tragedie in trei acte

Romanian index

Трагедія у трьох діях

Трагедия в трех актах / Драма в трех актах

Russian index

Middle East & Asian covers

ტრაგედია სამ აქტად

Üç Perdelik Cinayet / Üç Perdelik Trajedi / Kadehteki Zehir

Turkish index

תעלומת הרצח הכפול / דרמה בשלוש מערכות

Hebrew index

ساحر النساء / مآساة ذات ثلاث فصولمأساة ذات ثلالثة فصول ⁄ مأساة من ثلاثة فصول ⁄ جريمة من ثلاثة فصولمأساة منثلاثة فصول ⁄ ساحر النساء

Arabic index

قتل در آشيانه كلاغمهماني شوم ⁄ مهمانی شوم ⁄ تراژدی در سه پرده

A.P. = anno Persico (Persian year); Persian index

(Marathi) थ्री अँक्ट ट्रॅजडी

Tragedi Tiga Babak

Indonesian index

โศกนาฏกรรม 3 ฉาก ⁄ โศกนาฎกรรม 3 ฉาก ⁄ ฆาตกรจำแลง

Thai index

Bi kịch 3 hồi / Bi kịch về ba cái chết

Vietnamese index

謀殺悲劇 / 三幕悲剧 / 三幕悲劇

Chinese index




三幕の殺人 / 三幕の悲劇 / 三幕殺人事件

Japanese index

3막의 비극

Korean index