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French detective fails to notice rare stamps on envelope. I don't buy it.


Near the beginning, the French police detective investigating the death of Regina's husband returns to her a small Luftansa bag containing all the items the husband had with him when he was discovered - all carefully itemized and no doubt carefully perused for clues. Included in the items is a letter addressed to Regina, on an unmailed and unsealed envelope with the three rare stamps worth $250,000 attached to it. The stamps, ancient and from 3 different countries (none of them France) could hardly have failed to catch the attention of the police. Then several people, including Regina and the villains who were looking VERY carefully for clues, look through the same items several times. They don't notice the stamps either. I just don't buy it.

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The detective wasn´t your regular Hercule Poirot, he failed to notice Tex literally poking at Regina´s husband´s body at the funeral. Also failing to identify Dyle or any of his cronies as suspects. Hard to believe he missed the stamps? Maybe. I wouldn´t call it a glaring flaw though.

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Lighten up. It's an entertainment, not a police procedural.

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