Please do not look at the following if you haven't read Peril at End House, in case of spoilers!
After reading this book, I had the following questions. I would feel very grateful if anyone can share the opinion to any of the questions below.
- How did Poirot know Mrs Rice was not at Tavistock?
- How did Poirot know that Nick was engaged with Michael Seton (It turns out that Maggie, rather than Nick, was engaged to Seton, though)? Was it just a pure guess? I don’t see there’s a direct connection between Nick and Seton.
- Why did Freddie’s husband want to kill her? It did not make sense that the man tried to kill someone when there were many people around. He should have attempted murder when Freddie was alone. Also, I feel that Freddie’s husband was an unnecessary character in this book. Without him, this story still ran well.
- When Nick told some lies that she had some narrow escapes at the beginning of the book, did she have the whole plans already? There was no way she could know that Seton would die at that time, right?
- In my opinion, one bad aspect about this book is that the story required too many coincidences. I would appreciate if you can provide your disagreement!
- Nick and Maggie needed to have the same full name.
- Both Matthew Seton and Michael Seton needed to die.
- Poirot needed to ask Nick to send a friend to accompany her.
- Nick needed to have access to Maggie’s love letters and needed to quickly sort out some letters that didn’t contain Maggie’s names. She also needed to hide the rest of the letters properly. Otherwise, she would have let the cat out of the bag.
- Nick needed to isolate herself and Maggie from others, and the firework should be loud enough to cover the sound of the gun.
- Nick's friends could not be able to give an alibi to each other. Otherwise, the possibility of the murderer would be narrowed down quickly.