Set against the backdrop of the impending WWII, The Big Four plunges Poirot into a world he has never been before – one of global espionage. Poirot inquires if Hastings has ever heard the phrase the Big Four. Hastings responds uncooperatively. At the eleventh hour an unexpected visitor called. As the threat of world war looms large, Poirot seeks the help of friends both old and new when he is pitted against a dangerous group of dissidents responsible  ‎Full Cast & Crew · ‎Plot Summary · ‎The Big Four · ‎Filming & Production.


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He told the nephew, Gerald, that he had given Paynter a hypodermic injection and proceeded by asking strange questions about the servants.

Paynter was found the next morning in a room locked from the inside, dead.


It seemed that he had fallen off his chair and into the big four poirot gas fire, and the Doctor was blamed for leaving him in such a position. Before his death, Paynter had dipped his finger in ink and written "yellow jasmine" on his newspaper, a plant growing all over the house, as well as drawing two lines at right angles under the words, a sign the big four poirot to the beginning of the number 4.

At the inquest, Quentin was accused in a number of ways, such as that he was not the regular doctor and his recalling of the events. According to him, Paynter told him as soon as the door was shut that he was not feeling ill at all and that the taste of his curry was strange.

It was claimed that Quentin injected him with strychnine rather than a narcotic. Later, after the curry was analysed, the results showed that it contained a deadly amount of opium, the big four poirot the servant Ah Ling as he the big four poirot the one to cook it. Also, Inspector Japp tells the two that the key was found near the broken door and that the window was unlatched.

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Japp believes that the charred face was the big four poirot cover up the identity of the dead man, but Poirot believes the man to be Paynter. Poirot reveals that Doctor Quentin was number 4, who entered the house and gave Paynter an injection of yellow jasmine rather than strychnine.

He locked the door and exited through the window, returning later to put opium in the curry sample, throw The big four poirot into the fire and steal a manuscript-the reason for the murder. A month after the case, Japp informs Poirot of another mysterious death- the chess grandmasters Gilmour Wilson and Doctor Savaronoff were playing chess when shortly into the game Gilmour Wilson collapsed dead due to heart failure.

Japp suspects he was poisoned, and Poirot is called in.

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Japp suspects that the poison was intended for Savaronoff, a former Revolutionist in Russia who just escaped from the Bolsheviks. He refused several times to play a game of chess with Wilson but eventually gave in.

The match took place in Savaronoff's flat, with at least a dozen people watching the game. Wilson's body had a small the big four poirot mark on his left hand and was also clutching a white bishop when he died, part of Savaronoff's set.

As Poirot and Hastings enter the Doctor's flat, Poirot notices that the antique Persian rug has had a nail driven through it. After the proceedings in the flat, Poirot and Hastings return home and Poirot takes out a second white bishop.

He weighed the one he took with the one Wilson was holding and discovered that the one he was holding was heavier. He explains that the bishop has a metal rod inside it, so that the current passing through the recently refurbished flat below is powered the big four poirot the nail, into the also tampered table and into the bishop.

The bishop was chosen because of Wilson's predictable first few moves, and Poirot suspects the servant of the flat and Savaronoff's niece of working for the big Four.

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However, when they arrive at the flat Savaronoff's niece is gagged and unconscious and Ivan and the Doctor are nowhere to be seen. Poirot explains that Savaronoff did die in Russia and that number Four impersonated him as a cover.

He killed Wilson because if Savaronoff was the second greatest chess master in the world, people would soon realise that number Four was nothing like the chess player Savaronoff was. With number Four gone, the two are back the big four poirot square one again.

Soon afterwards, Hastings is given a message that his wife has been kidnapped in Argentina by the big Four, as well as another note saying that if he wants to see his wife again he must follow a Chinese servant.

He leaves four books on the table as a message for Poirot, and follows him to the big four poirot abandoned house in Chinatown and he is taken to an Arabian- like room. One of the Chinese servants tries to make him write a letter in order to get Poirot the big four poirot threaten him with death.

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He is eventually forced to write it to Poirot and he is soon seen across the street. As Hastings is forced the big four poirot beckon him into the house, a man from Scotland Yard throws a drugged smoke bomb into the house, knocking everyone unconscious and Hastings is saved.

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Hastings is not only greeted by Poirot, but by the fact that his wife has been safe for over three months in a place Poirot set up. Later, Poirot's agents return from their work of identifying number 4 and produce four names, with a Mr Claud Darrell looking suspicious as he has visited both China and America.

She gives one important point, that when the big four poirot eats he always picks up a pice of bread and dabs up the crumbs with it.