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In the novella Dead Man's Mirror, Godfrey Burrows was the secretary of Gervase Chevenix-Gore. At the time of Gervase's death, he had been in the position for about two years.

Major Riddle, the Chief Constable of Westshire County, knew the Chevenix-Gore household well. He told Poirot that he did not like Burrows much. He was "not quite out of the top drawer". In the same way, Colonel Ned Bury thought Burrows was "slightly hairy at the heel". For a time, Ruth Chevenix-Gore paid attention to Burrows. This was part of her ploy to get her adopted father Gervase to approve of her desire to marry Captain John Lake. After seeing her with Burrows, she reasoned, he would be almost relieved to see her marry someone else like Lake.

Burrows was one of the last people to speak to Gervase. Just before dinner, he had brought some papers to him for signature. He described Gervase's mood as normal. In fact, he seemed pleased about something.

Poirot never found out what fraudulent matter it was that Gervase had wanted him to investigate. He speculated that it might have been some suspicion of fraud on the part of Burrows or John Lake.

Godfrey Burrows is not featured in the film adaptation of the original story in Series 5 of ITV's Agatha Christie's Poirot.