A repugnant Amercian widow is killed during a trip to Petra. Among the towering red cliffs of Petra, like some monstrous swollen Buddha, sat the corpse of Mrs Boynton. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist was the only sign of the fatal injection that had killed her. With only 24 hours available to solve the mystery, Hercule Poirot recalled a chance remark he’d overheard back in Jerusalem - 'You see, don’t you, that she’s got to be killed?' Mrs Boynton was, indeed, the most detestable woman he’d ever met.