The King of Clubs is a story featuring Hercule Poirot assisted by Captain Hastings. It chronicles a crime where a family playing bridge on a quiet evening are interrupted by a melodramatic neighbour who has witnessed a crime.
This story repeats several of Agatha ‘s favourite motifs. The movements of the family at the time the crime takes place are determined by the evidence of their game of bridge. Agatha takes advantage of card games, their intervals and rules, in several of her stories . The most notable among these is Cards on the Table.
There is another formula she has used before, a European prince intent on marrying a British starlet. The story is short, and not really one of my favourites but then maybe I am not well versed with bridge and so cannot appreciate the significance of the King of Clubs.