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After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

After the Funeral (1953)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Hercule Poirot Mystery (29)

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This is a very well plotted book, set in the middle of the 20th century. It features an upper-middle class family who gather together after the demise of the family head, Richard Abernethie. Agatha Christie isn't noted for characterisation, but she creates some believable and distinct family members, any of whom could have committed the crimes which are investigated through the course of the book.

There's a fair amount of detailed descriptions, conversations and internal monologues, skipping about from person to person... but of course the clues to the puzzle are in these; I fell for several red herrings, and was convinced, at different times, that each main character must be guilty... other than the one who is eventually denounced.

Hercule Poirot is involved half-way through the book; he's always a delight, and I liked this book very much. Recommended to anyone who enjoys this kind of light crime fiction of sixty plus years ago. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Apr 29, 2018 |
Well constructed mystery, good, unexpected ending. Plays fir. Poirot his usual confident self. Well drawn characters. ( )
  ritaer | Apr 19, 2018 |
The usual Christie fun and games, right up to the weak ending. ( )
  johnclaydon | Nov 2, 2017 |
I had a theory that I knew how this all fit together, but I was entirely wrong. Almost. I got one small piece right, but mostly not. Another good one! ( )
  ktlavender | Jul 17, 2017 |
Another great Christie mystery that kept me guessing until the end. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Agatha Christieprimary authorall editionscalculated
Åhlin, PerCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beckman, PerCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blomkvist, TorstenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Correy, Michael P.Designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Driesbach, ElizabethDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fontinelle, ElianeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraser, HughNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hannah, SophieIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Houm, LiseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kalkofe, OliverSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kovács György,Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Laurel, FaithCover artist and designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McBean, AngusAuthor photographsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Molino, C. Peraire delTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pöhlmann, JanCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peraire del Molino, C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riambau, EsteveTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rojkowska, AnnaTł.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Volpatti, LiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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For James: In memory of happy days at Abney
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Old Lanscombe moved totteringly from room to room, pulling up the blinds.
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(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
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aka Funerals Are Fatal. Although the book on which it is based featured Hercule Poirot as the detective, the movie Murder at the Gallop featured Margaret Rutherford as Miss Jane Marple.
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Surprise announcement
followed by brutal murder:
Poirot asks questions.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425173909, Mass Market Paperback)

The Queen of Crime at her murderously clever best. After the reading of a will, one female relative is banished from the family tree-with eight blows of a hatchet. Poirot believes she won't be the last to go.

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Detective Hercule Poirot searches for the hatchet-wielding killer of Cora Lansquenet, who was brutally silenced after suspecting that her wealthy brother's death was not due to natural causes.

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