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After The Funeral (1953)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Hercule Poirot (29)

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The master of a Victorian mansion dies suddenly - and his sister is convinced it was murder.... 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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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 |
Another entertaining, though perhaps improbable, mystery story by Agatha Christie. One person dies of what seems to be natural causes and then another member of the same family is murdered with an ax. Hercule Poirot is called in to determine if the first death is a murder or natural and who did the 2nd . The is some mistaken identity and everyone is a suspect at one time or another. In the end Poirot does solve the case. The surprise would be if he didn't. ( )
  MMc009 | Jan 30, 2022 |
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 |
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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
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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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The master of a Victorian mansion dies suddenly - and his sister is convinced it was murder.... 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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