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In the novel Cards on the Table, Miss Burgess is the loyal secretary of Dr Roberts. She is described as being a "competent-looking young woman". At the time of the events of the novel, she had worked for Dr Roberts for about seven years.

When Superintendent Battle mentions suspicious circumstances about the death of one of the doctor's patients, Miss Burgess mentions Mrs Graves, whom she says had fancies that everybody was poisoning her. She also mentions Mrs Craddock, whom she says was hysterical and told her husband the most fantastic lies.


In the film adaptation of Cards on the Table in Series 10 of ITV's Agatha Christie's Poirot drama series, the part of Miss Burgess is played by Lucy Liemann.

In Cartes sur table, the French adaptation for the series Les Petits Meurtres d'Agatha Christie, the parallel character is Jeannine Poussin. She has a slightly different backstory which forms part of the motive for a murder.