This was a great book. The characters are really full of life and you really get inside their heads. The story opens in a London terrorized by the Blitz. Hercule Poirot hears a story told by the club bore, about a woman who's husband had died and now she was married to a millionaire. She herself is now a millionaire because he had died recently. Later, Poirot is encountered by Katherine Cloade, who is related to the millionaire. Then we are taken to the village of Warmsley Vale where we meet the members of the Cloade family, Adela Marchmont, Lynn Marchmont, Lionel Cloade, Katherine Cloade, Jeremy Cloade, Frances Cloade, and Rowley Cloade. They are all disgusted at one thing, that they haven't a penny to bless themselves with and Rosaleen Cloade and her brother David Hunter, whom they think are fortune hunters, have everything. But then, a man is murdered at a hotel, and the connection between him and the family seems to be getting greater and greater. The only downpoint of this novel is the fact that Agatha Christie seemed to have no enthusiasum in putting Hercule Poirot in the novel, as you will find happens often in most of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot novels. When Hercule Poirot does make his untimely appearance in Warmsley Vale, it is already a good deal through the book. All around, it's a great book.