‘I must get this clear,’ he said. ‘Who exactly are you? And where do you come in?’
‘I represent the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons Lits.’ He paused, then added, ‘I am a detective. My name is Hercule Poirot.’
If he expected an effect he did not get one.
MacQueen said merely, ‘Oh, yes?’ and waited for him to go on.
‘You know the name, perhaps.’
‘Why, it does seem kind of familiar—only I always thought it was a woman’s dressmaker.’
Hercule Poirot looked at him with distaste.
‘It is incredible!’ he said.
‘Nothing. Let us advance with the matter in hand.
Oh, poor Hercule. :D