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The news on the radio at Monkswell Manor relates a murder that has recently taken place. Mollie and Giles Ralston, the young, newly-married owners of the once-regal estate which they recently converted into a guest house, hardly notice the news. They are far too busy preparing for the arriving of their first guests—and concerned that the blizzard raging outside may hamper their arrival.
Christopher Wren arrives first. He is an obviously neurotic young man who speaks to the Ralstons with a familiarity that makes them rather uncomfortable.
The next to arrive is Mrs. Boyle, a generally unpleasant person who is dissatisfied with just about everything and everyone.
Next comes Major Metcalf, a middle-aged man who is very military in manner and bearing.
Miss Casewell, a young woman who is just a bit masculine, is the next to arrive. She relates more details about the murder that recently took place.
Then an unexpected guest, Mr. Paravicini, arrives announcing that his car has overturned in a snowdrift. He is just happy to have found someplace to get in out of the weather.
The next day
finds Mrs. Boyle generally getting on everyone’s nerves. Mollie
announces that a phone call from the police has informed her that an
officer is being sent to the manor, in spite of the weather.
Soon the police detective, Sergeant Trotter, arrives on skis. He relates that the murdered woman was once a resident of a nearby house. A few years back, the courts sent several children there for care and protection. Sergeant Trotter believes that someone at the manor had a connection of some sort to the murder victim. The murderer, he says, may well be among them even now. Each of the guests, as well as the Ralstons, denies having any knowledge of the situation whatsoever.
Mollie hears a scuffle and a scream coming from the library and enters to find Mrs. Boyle has been strangled.
Sergeant Trotter assembles everyone for questioning. Each accounts for his or her whereabouts, but none satisfactorily. Soon, everyone becomes suspicious of everyone else. Giles accuses Christopher Wren of being the most likely to be the killer since he is about the same age the oldest of the remaining children would be now. Mollie points out that the killer may be the father of the abused children and therefore wouldn’t necessarily be a young person at all. Trotter casts suspicion on Giles Ralston, producing a London newspaper from the pocket of Giles’s overcoat. Trotter is also suspicious of Miss Casewell, who, in turn, sees something strange in his behavior. Everyone realizes a murderer is among them—and two more victims, the other bind mice, are in danger.
who is the next victim? Will the murderer be unmasked in time to stop
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Written by Agatha Christie
Directed by Denny Dey
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