Poirot and Hastings are together for an adventure unlikely to be found on vacation unless you are Poirot and Hastings. The pace is even with Poirot getting one step ahead of Hastings just when he thinks he is on par. I enjoyed the ending charade of unravelling that Poirot is recognizable for. It is entertaining as he ensnares the culprit (who has no idea they are caught) with an audience. The novel had its funny parts, its predictable pace, and its twists and turns. I found it quite enjoyable from opening to close.