Plot summaries[ edit ] The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, or The Theft of the Royal Ruby[ edit ] Poirot is asked by a Mr Jesmond, who is acting as an intermediary to an eastern prince, to help that unfortunate young man with a problem he is having. The prince is due soon to be married to a cousin. On his way to be married, he met an attractive but obviously dubious young woman, and rashly decided to have a last fling with her. The prince brought several expensive jewels with him to London for resetting by Cartier and one of them, a fabulous ruby , was stolen by the young woman.
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It comprises six cases. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding a. The prince is due soon to be married to a cousin. A Major Charles Rich held a small party at his flat. At the last minute, Mr Clayton received an urgent telegram summoning him to Scotland that night on business and did not attend the party.
Some ten minutes later, Rich returned and sent Burgess out on a short errand. Rich denies seeing Clayton at the flat nor did Burgess after leaving the man to write his note.
The party went well. The next morning, Burgess noticed what seemed to be bloodstains on a rug that were seeping from a Spanish chest in the corner of the room. Opening it, the startled man found the stabbed body of Mr Clayton. Rich has now been arrested as the obvious suspect but Poirot sees a flaw in that he cannot see how or why Rich would calmly have gone to bed with a bleeding corpse in the chest.
He is able to start investigating the case when a mutual friend recommends him to Mrs Clayton. The Under Dog: Sir Reuben Astwell was murdered ten days previously at his country house, Mon Repos, when he was violently hit on the back of the head with a club, and his nephew Charles Leverson has been arrested.
She sends her young companion, Lily Margrave, to Poirot to employ him on the case and Poirot accepts, partly because he senses that Lily does not want Poirot to investigate the matter and that she has something to hide. Henry eats regularly in the restaurant that they are in and he points out a white-bearded man as evidence of his theories. This bearded man eats the same meal there on Wednesday and Saturday and always orders much the same items as part of his three-course meal. The waitress brings their meals and sees Henry staring at the bearded man.
Three weeks later, Poirot and Henry meet on a tube train and during the conversation Henry mentions that the bearded man has not been seen for a week.
Poirot is not certain and starts to investigate. The man lived alone and died after an accidental fall downstairs at his house and was found near the milk bottles.
He died at approximately He had a letter in the pocket. In response to the question of relatives, Poirot is told that the man had a twin brother, Anthony, who died on the afternoon of the same day as his brother after a long illness and that their only surviving relative is a nephew, George Lorrimer. The Dream: Poirot is summoned by letter to the home of reclusive and eccentric millionaire Benedict Farley.
Farley tells him that he is troubled by a nightly dream in which he is seated at his desk in the next room and at exactly Various doctors have been unable to explain this to him, and he has now turned to the famous detective. Poirot wonders if he has enemies who would want to kill him, but Farley knows of no one. Poirot asks to see the room where the dream is set, but Farley refuses and Poirot therefore takes his leave. The correct letter is exchanged. It was built in the s or s by a man who had made an immense fortune but had little idea of architectural style, the house being a strange mish mash of buildings from around the world.
Although strictly speaking they are trespassing, they are nevertheless welcomed by Miss Greenshaw, the elderly granddaughter of the man who built the house, when they come across her in her garden. She is a sharp, slightly shrewish woman who keeps her staff of two in order. They are Miss Cresswell, her companion, and Alfred, a young gardener who is constantly in dispute with Miss Cresswell. Miss Greenshaw takes advantage of the presence of the two visitors to ask them to witness the will she has just had drawn up.
This leaves everything to Miss Cresswell in lieu of unpaid wages, as Miss Greenshaw is determined that nothing will go to her last living relative, her nephew, the son of a roguish man called Harry Fletcher who ran away with one of her sisters.
The two visitors take their leave, slightly puzzled by a comment from Miss Greenshaw to the effect that she thought they were policemen when she saw them in her grounds.
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding