Taken at the Flood
William Morrow. First published 1948.
This Hercule Poirot mystery is set in London and a suburb just at the end of World War II. A 'blast', resulting from 'enemy action', at the London home of the wealthy Gordon Cloade leaves his extended and dependent family bereft of all support, and his newly wed young wife, now his widow, in possession of all his money. In fact, Mrs Cloade was already a widow when she married Gordon, and when her first husband turns up, the family is suddenly infused with new hope that the second wedding is null and void, and the money would come to them after all. The death of the putative first husband is the first of three deaths, murders or suicides, that Poirot finds himself investigating.
Not one of her best - too many coincidences, and too many new facts and characters introduced too late into the story. An easy read though.