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Revisiting the Classics- Agatha Christie’s Curtain:Poirot’s Last Case

Nothing is so sad, in my opinion, as the devastation wrought by age.                                                                                                                       My poor friend. I have described him many times. Now to convey to you the difference. Crippled with arthritis, he propelled himself about in a wheel chair. His once plump frame has fallen in. He was a thin little man now. His face was lined and wrinkled. His moustache and his hair, it is true, were still of a jet black colour, but candidly, though I would not for the world have hurt his feelings by saying so to him, this was a mistake. There comes a moment when hair dye is only too painfully obvious….Only his eyes were the same as ever, shrewd and twinkling, and now- yes, undoubtedly- softened with emotion.                                                                 ‘Ah, mon ami Hastings…Eh bien, my friend, there is work to be done.’                                                                                                                      I stared at him with even more astonishment. For a moment I thought he was rambling.                                                                                 ‘You really mean that?’                                                                                                                                                                                                           “But certainly I mean it. For what other reason did I urge you to join me? My limbs, they are no longer active, but my brain, as I told you, is unimpaired. My rule, remember, has always been the same- sit back and think. That I still can do- in fact it is the only thing possible for me. For the more active side of the campaign, I shall have with me my invaluable Hastings.’

The little Belgian detective made his bow in Agatha Christie’s first detective story, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Styles is now a guest house and one of the guests is responsible for several murders. Revisiting Styles brings back memories for Poirot and his dear friend Hastings, and they find themselves solving one last mystery together. As part of HarperCollin’s celebration of 200 years of international publishing, HarperCollins India has come out with special hardback editions of twenty-five books by the ‘queen of mystery writing’, Agatha Christie.

Hercule Poirot lives on as one of the most impressive detectives in the history of crime-solving!


About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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