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Agatha Christie
Elephants Can Remember

To Molly Myers
in return for many kindnesses

First Published

Collins, London, Nov. 1972
Dodd Mead, New York, 1972


(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

Hercule Poirot stood on the cliff-top. Here, many years earlier, there had been a tragic accident. This was followed by the grisly discovery of two more bodies - a husband and wife - shot dead.

But who had killed whom? Was it a suicide pact? A crime of passion? Or cold-blooded murder?

Poirot delves back into the past and discovers that 'old sin leave long shadows'.


1. A Literary Luncheon
2. First Mention of Elephants
BOOK 1: Elephants
3. Great Aunt Alice's Guide to Knowledge
4. Celia
5. Old Sins Have Long Shadows
6. An Old Friend Remembers
7. Back to the Nursery
8. Mrs Oliver at Work
9. Results of Elephantine Research
10. Desmond
BOOK 2: Long Shadows
11. Superintendent Garroway and Poirot Compare Notes
12. Celia Meets Hercule Poirot
13. Mrs Burton-Cox
14. Dr Willoughby
15. Eugene and Rosentelle, Hair Stylists and Beauticians
16. Mr Goby Reports
17. Poirot Announces Departure
18. Interlude
19. Maddy and Zelie
20. Court of Enquiry


Hercule Poirot, Mrs. Buckle, Mrs. Burton-Cox, Desmond Burton-Cox, Julia Carstairs, Kathleen Fenn, Chief Inspector Garroway, Mr. Goby, Dorothea Jarrow, Felicity Lemon, Mrs. Matcham, Mademoiselle Zelie, Meadhouray, Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, General Alistair Ravenscroft, Lady Margaret Ravenscroft, Celia Ravenscroft, Madame Rostentelle, Superintendent Bert Spence, Dr. Willoughby

Movie & TV

Elephants Can Remember, 2013
Agahta Christie's POIROT XIII
director John Strickland
writer Nick Dear
cast David Suchet (Hercule Poirot), Mrs Ariadne Oliver(Zoë Wanamaker), Mrs Burton-Cox(Greta Scacchi), Celia(Vanessa Kirby), General Ravenscroft(Adrian Lukis ), Lady Ravenscroft(Annabel Mullion), Desmond(Ferdinand Kingsley), Dr Willoughby(Iain Glen), Mrs Willoughby(Jo-Anne Stockham), Detective Inspector Beale(Vincent Regan), Marie(Alexandra Dowling), Superintendent Garroway(Danny Webb), Zelie(Elsa Mollien), Dorothea(Claire Cox), Julia Carstairs(Caroline Blakiston), Mrs Matcham(Hazel Douglas), Mrs Buckle(Maxine Evans), Madame Rosentelle(Ruth Sheen)


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