Poirot isn't even in the first third or so of this book, which is all about this old man and his children, most of whom hate each other. The old man gets killed, Poirot and some British policemen get called in to solve the crime, and the rest of the book is about that.
This was a fast read, and I'm happy to say I did not solve the crime before the hero did, which is the sort of mystery I like best.
Particularly Good Bits:
"I believe the present matters -- not the past! The past must go. If we seek to keep the past alive, we end, I think, by distorting it. We see it in exaggerated terms -- a false perspective" (p. 33).
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG-13 for a lot of talk about a man having illegitimate children through his many love affairs, and a pretty gory murder.