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Elephants Can Remember (Hercule Poirot, Bk 37)
Elephants Can Remember - Hercule Poirot, Bk 37 Author:Agatha Christie Crime novelist Ariadne Oliver again turns to Hercule Poirot, this time to solve a case the police consider closed. Oliver’s interest in the murder-suicide of General and Lady Ravenscroft is more than academic: Celia Ravenscroft is her goddaughter. — This is one of Poirot's most daunting cases – even he begins to doubt he can solve... more » it – since the investigation relies on memories from years earlier.
At the time, the double suicide of General and Lady Ravenscroft had caused a flurry of headlines, but the case had been satisfactorily dealt with the police and forgotten by the public. Fifteen years later, to her complete surprise, Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, the novelist, was asked to answer a startling question: had the husband killed the wife or the wife killed the husband? Because the answer concerned her goddaughter Celia Ravenscroft, Mrs. Oliver brought her problem to Hercule Poirot. What should she do?
Against his better judgment, the astute little Belgian detective agreed to find the facts of the case. He did not suspect that he himself would become involved in the crime because of his interest in two young people who loved each other and wanted to marry. He did not foresee the places he would go, the questions he would engage, or the depths of tragedy he would plumb....
And the Ravenscroft affair would take Mrs. Oliver on a quest of her own. Hers would be for "elephants", or rather for those remarkable people who, like elephants, could remember things that had happened long ago. The memories she was to collect--the bizarre, the sad, the wryly humorous--even the false ones, would give Poirot a clue to long guarded secrets and to the passions that played such havoc with the destinies of the innocent as well as the guilty.« less