This novel is part of Hercules Poirot’s series, the wonderful belgian detective.
Mistress Boynton is a controlling, dominant and evil woman who enjoys abusing the power she has over her stepchildren and daughter. She’s the victim.
During a strange familiar travel to Jerusalem and Petra, Carol and Raymond Boynton, realize that they’re suffering and becoming atypical, so they come to the conclusion that they would be better without their stepmother. They want her to die. But, they’re not the only ones. There are others who have reasons for wanting Miss Boynton dead, for example, Sarah King who falls in love with Raymond knowing that his stepmother would never allow him to go away with her; or Nadine, Lennox wife, who has lived under Miss Boynton power over years and she’s becoming tired of it.
The Boynton are an unhappy and peculiar family, Anyone could be the killer.
Poirot, interviews all the people who had contact with Miss Boynton the day she was killed, and in, one day, he discovers who’s the killer.
I thought this was a very interesting novel. There were a lot of suspects and the victim was a horrible person who, in my opinion, deserved to die because she was only harming the people around her. I was surprised by the killer’s identity and by Poirot’s abilities. It was a difficult crime.
The story kept me in suspense all the time and I’m glad that the Boynton were so united.