Tommy_A_Jones saidYou have described the book very succinctly Miss Quin, but there we part company, The Book in my view is to The Poirot books what Passenger To Frankfurt is to Non-series books, In My view The worst, an there is nothing I could say in its favour, The Big Four has good Chapters, The Labours of Hercule are a nice take on the Mythological counterpart but there is Nothing I could say in favour of Murder In Mesopotamia, I thought ITV did a much better job, The Book needed Hastings Badly and ITV put him in it.
After The Funeral SPOILERS!!!!! I feel that any stories than involve imposters changing their appearance, give people feelings of disbelief. But it's worth remembering, this was in the days when alot of photographs weren't clear. They were sepia or black and white, often grainy. If someone like Cora was prone to heavy make up, then 20 years later, I don't think that anyone could tell. They had no photoes of her to check, as she had no contact with her family. Most of the people at the funeral were of the 2nd generation and didn't know Cora anyway. Admittedly her brother should have known, but perhaps he was too busy complaining?
What if you were't the first back at the table? You are assuming people would be like you but it wouldn't have to be the Killer who notices things SPOILER WARNING! Think of Lord Edgware Dies and After The Funeral.