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After the Funeral (1953)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Hercule Poirot (25)

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Hercule Poirot is called on to investigate the murder of a brother and sister, in this classic Agatha Christie mystery now available in an updated edition with a foreword Sophie Hannah.

"He was murdered, wasn't he?"

When Cora Lansquenet is savagely murdered, the extraordinary remark she had 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?"

Did Cora's accusation a dark truth that sealed her own fate? Or are the siblings' deaths just tragic coincidences?

Desperate to know the truth, the Lansquenet's solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery. For even after the funeral, death isn't finished yet . . .

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DNF unrated - the radio dramatization version. I don't know why I even borrowed it from the library, because I never like radio dramatizations, no matter how good the production or the source material. But so many friends have spoken glowingly of this book and Hugh Fraser's performance, that I spent the Audible credit on that version and will start listening to it today.
  Doodlebug34 | Jan 1, 2024 |
I may,” said Poirot in a completely unconvinced tone, “be wrong.” Morton smiled.
“But that doesn’t often happen to you?”
“No. Though I will admit—yes, I am forced to admit—that it has happened to me.”
“I must say I’m glad to hear it! To be always right must be sometimes monotonous.”
“I do not find it so,” Poirot assured him.

Christie, Agatha. After the Funeral: Hercule Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot series Book 29) (pp. 275-276). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.


Mr Entwhistle calls on his old friend Hercule Poirot when a recent death of a client appears suspicious and a second person connected to the family dies. Poirot, feeling a bit bored with his retirement, agrees to look into the case.

This was alright, a little bland. There wasn't much Poirot, mainly just various scenes with the Abernethie family. The mystery was interesting enough and I liked the bit about the murderer practising her facial expressions in the mirror but the pacing was a bit off and the characters were kind of boring.

Not my favourite Agatha Christie. 3 stars. ( )
  funstm | Nov 9, 2023 |
When Richard Abernathie's will is read out, his sister Cora asks if he was really murdered. When Cora is found a couple of days later with her head bashed in the family's solicitor Mr Entwhistle cannot believe it was just coincidence. His investigations don't get very far and eventually he is forced to call in his friend Hercule Poirot.

I couldn't work out who it was, even though Poirot actually tells us well in advance of the big reveal. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Aug 8, 2023 |
Agatha Christie presents another delicious mystery and with members of the family stretching out hands for money. Richard Abernethie dies and his will names six relatives who will each receive a share in the estate. After the funeral, his youngest sibling, Cora, asks the question: “was he murdered?” The attorney, Mr. Entwhistle, proceeds to give details about each relative. How delightful for this picture of the family. Someone brutally murders Cora. Mr. Entwhistle employs Hercule Poirot to investigate the deaths. Margaret Rutherford portrays Miss Marple in the film adaptation of Murder at the Gallop. Rutherford shines in her performance as Miss Marple, what a treat! Back to the actual book by Agatha Christie with all the red herrings with the members of the family exposed in all their foibles. ( )
  delphimo | Jul 30, 2023 |
Another post-war Poirot, where the changing times are a backdrop to murder. The younger generation gather for the funeral of Richard Abernathie, businessman and heir to a family fortune founded on Victorian era corn plasters. The big house is now run by three servants, the family are more interested in the money than family feeling. Richard's younger sister Cora who is known for speaking inconvenient truths throws out a suggestion of murder and the next day is brutally murdered herself. Aged family solicitor Entwhistle brings in Poirot to discretely find out the truth - which of the heirs may've bumped off uncle Richard? or is the solution elsewhere? And, as the excellent "All about Agatha" podcast reminds us "never discount the "help"". A good Poirot, and the repeated phrase "the rough" has entered our family lexicon! ( )
  Figgles | Sep 20, 2022 |
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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
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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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Fiction. Mystery. HTML:

Hercule Poirot is called on to investigate the murder of a brother and sister, in this classic Agatha Christie mystery now available in an updated edition with a foreword Sophie Hannah.

"He was murdered, wasn't he?"

When Cora Lansquenet is savagely murdered, the extraordinary remark she had 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?"

Did Cora's accusation a dark truth that sealed her own fate? Or are the siblings' deaths just tragic coincidences?

Desperate to know the truth, the Lansquenet's solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery. For even after the funeral, death isn't finished yet . . .

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Poirot asks questions.
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