Chapter 1* Hercule Poirot meets Mr. Shaitana at a snuff box exhibition at Wessex House in London. * Mr. Shaitana immediately ridicules Poirot's profession as a private detective. * Mr. Shaitana invites Poirot to a dinner party. * He claims to collect murderers, and his dinner party will have both murderers and detectives. * Poirot expresses concern that the plan is a dangerous one, but Mr. Shaitana dismisses Poirot's concerns.
Chapter 2* Four sleuths arrive at Mr. Shaitana's apartment. * They are Hercule Poirot, Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, Superintendent Battle, and Colonel Race. * Guests arrive 15 minutes later. * The first guest to arrive is Dr. Roberts, an ebullient and cheerful man whose geniality makes him seem an unlikely candidate for the crime of murder. * The next suspect to arrive is the lovely and genteel elderly Mrs. Lorrimer. * Following Mrs. Lorrimer is Major Despard, who is immediately drawn into conversation with Colonel Race. * Last to arrive is Miss...
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