Now confined to a wheelchair, Poirot calls on his old friend Captain Hastings for assistance as they return to Styles, the country house that was the scene of their first murder investigation.
tart up: To dress someone up or make something fancy in a tawdry, garish way: We tarted up the apartment with a pink shag carpet. The dancers tarted themselves up in feathers and sequins.
fall to bits: to become emotionally upset or unstable. She fell to bits when she heard the news of her mother's death.
the bane of (one's) life. The source or cause of one's misfortune, unhappiness, frustration, or anxiety, usually used hyperbolically. I swear, this project is the bane of my life.
A barbiturate is a drug that acts as a central nervous system depressant. Barbiturates are effective as anxiolytics, hypnotics, and anticonvulsants, but have physical and psychological addiction potential as well as overdose potential among other possible adverse effects
up your street,
Physostigma venenosum (the Calabar bean or ordeal bean) is the seed of a leguminous plant, a native of tropical Africa, poisonous to humans.
make a fuss,
cramped, feeling or causing someone to feel uncomfortably confined or hemmed in by lack of space. "the staff had to work in cramped conditions"
cretons: a spread made of pork, onions, and spices, typically eaten cold on toast.
sieve: a device for separating lumps from powdered material, straining liquids, grading particles, etc, consisting of a container with a mesh or perforated bottom through which the material is shaken or poured. rare a person who gossips and spreads secrets. memory like a sieve or head like a sieve a very poor memory.
puerile: childishly silly and trivial.
oblivious: not aware of or not concerned about what is happening around one. "she became absorbed, oblivious to the passage of time"
baronet: a member of the lowest hereditary titled British order, with the status of a commoner but able to use the prefix “Sir.”
'I am a feather for each wind that blows'...
Judith beheading Holofernes, "jealousy is a green eyed monster", Iago,