Yellow iris

Yellow Iris is a Hercule Poirot short story written by Agatha Christie in the U.K. in The Strand Magazine in July 1937. In the U.S., the story was first published in the Hartford Courant in October 1937. It was later gathered and published in The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories in 1939 in the U.S. and then for Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories in 1991 in the U.K.


Late at night, Poirot receives a call from a woman asking him to come urgently to the Jardin des Cygnes restaurant and look for the table with yellow irises.

Plot summaryEdit

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Poirot arrives at a party being held by a rich American, exactly one year since his wife Iris had been killed at a similar event. The only difference between now and then is the presence of Poirot – can he find her killer?


Research notesEdit

  • This story was later expanded, with different characters and a slightly altered plot to form the basis of Sparkling Cyanide. This novel featured Colonel Race instead of Hercule Poirot.

Film, TV, or theatrical versionsEdit

BBC Radio PlayEdit

The Yellow Iris (radio play) is the name of a radio play written by Agatha Christie herself and based on the original story. It was broadcast on the BBC National Programme on Tuesday 2 November 1937 at 8.00pm. The one-hour programme was broadcast again two days later, this time on the BBC Regional Programme at 9.00pm. The script of this play remains unpublished.

Agatha Christie's PoirotEdit

A television film with David Suchet as Poirot was produced as episode 3 in Series 5 of the ITV series Agatha Christie's Poirot, first broadcast on 31 January 1991.

Publication history Edit

  • 1937 The Strand Magazine, Issue 559, July 1937
  • 1937 Hartford Courant, 10 October 1937
  • 1939 The Regatta Mystery and other Stories, Dodd Mead and Company (New York), 1939
  • 1991 Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories, Harper Collins (London), November 1991
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