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After The Funeral (1953)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Hercule Poirot (28)

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When Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extraordinary remark she made the previous day at her brother Richard's funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance. At the reading of Richard's will, Cora was clearly heard to say: 'It's been hushed up very nicely, hasn't it...But he was murdered, wasn't he?' In desperation, the family solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery.… (more)
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Didn't see that one coming. :) ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
During the gathering after Richard Abernethie's funeral, the family is shocked when his sister Cora blurts out "He was murdered, wasn't he?" Richard's death was sudden, but not completely unexpected since he was terminally ill. But there is no doubt that murder was the cause of Cora's death the next day. Family attorney Mr. Entwistle, disturbed by the close proximity in these events, enlists the aid of his old friend Hercule Poirot.

I am always partial to mysteries like this one that begin with a family tree. The younger characters and their dialogue maybe aren't as sharply drawn as Christie ages, but she is still at the top of her form when it comes to hiding clues in plain sight. ( )
  cbl_tn | Jul 26, 2021 |
I rescued the paperback from a bin at Goodwill.

Around the year in 52 books challenge notes:
41. A mystery ( )
  Linda_Louise | Jan 20, 2021 |
Typical Agatha Christie: there were a lot of characters to follow, a lot of exposition, and Poirot doesn’t arrive until the halfway point ... I enjoyed it all!
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  ShreyasDeshpande | Oct 24, 2020 |
good but not that great ( )
  devendradave | Sep 1, 2020 |
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ahmavaara, EeroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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
Laurel, FaithCover artist and designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pöhlmann, JanCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peraire del Molino, C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riambau, EsteveTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rojkowska, AnnaTł.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tylden-Wright, JennyCover artistsecondary 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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When Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extraordinary remark she made the previous day at her brother Richard's funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance. At the reading of Richard's will, Cora was clearly heard to say: 'It's been hushed up very nicely, hasn't it...But he was murdered, wasn't he?' In desperation, the family solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery.

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Surprise announcement
followed by brutal murder:
Poirot asks questions.
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