The wife of Alfred Inglethorp and the step-mother of John and Lawrence Cavendish, she was “not a day less than seventy” and was an “energetic, autocratic personality, somewhat inclined to charitable and social notoriety, with a fondness for opening bazaars and playing the Lady Bountiful.” One of her more interesting projects was to provide housing for a number of Belgian refugees at Leastways Cottage, a small lodge that she owned next to the gates of Styles Court. One of her boarders was Hercule Poirot. Emily Inglethorp’s death was very painful; poisoned by strychnine, she suffered from tetanic convulsions. Hercule Poirot decided to repay her hospitality by discovering her murderer and thus the saga of Hercule Poirot in England began.

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