An outbreak of kleptomania at a student hostel was not normally the sort of crime that aroused Hercule Poirot's interest. But when he saw the list of stolen and vandalised items — including a stethoscope, some old flannel trousers, a box of chocolates, a slashed rucksack and a diamond ring found in a bowl of soup — he congratulated the warden, Mrs Hubbard, on a 'unique and beautiful problem'.
The list made absolutely no sense at all. But, reasoned Poirot, if this was merely a petty thief a work, why was everyone at the hostel so frightened?
- Publication Date:
- 17 / 08 / 1988