Agatha Christies: Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

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Anjaly Chacko

Clues from Novel to Screen in the Novel Agatha Christie’s
Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case

Agatha Christie is considered as the Queen of Crime all over the world. Agatha Christie’s novels are related to the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. An intelligent and famous investigator, Hercule Poirot is the major character in these Detective stories. Poirot is a French private who is world renown for solving some of the puzzling mysteries. Several films and television adaptations of Christie’s books have been made and several actors have been cast as Hercule Poirot. Starting in 1989, the series of Hercule Poirot produced a total of 70 episodes and its final production, the adaptation of Curtain, was broadcast on November 2013 (IMDB). Fans of the detective genre will agree that clues are a vital aspect of a good detective story. This essay will focus on the adaptation of clues from novel to screen, concentrating on Christie’s novel Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case and the corresponding episodes from the ITV’s series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. The typical detective story generally consists of two key elements: a murder and an investigation. The murder itself is not visible in the novel, it always occurs offstage. Readers know that a murder has been committed because they are confronted with a corpse. The detective
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