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  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: UK General Books; Masterpiece ed edition (Jan. 20 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007119364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007119363
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #264,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Keeps us guessing - and guessing wrongly - to the very last page" Liverpool Post

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When Cora Lansquenet 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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By A Customer on Aug. 21 2001
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Although this mystery is not among the more well-known Christies, it's certainly one of the best done. The characters are interesting, complex, and often quite humorous; the subtle clues are laid with care; and Christie really makes the novel's atmosphere come to life in her descriptions of Enderbury Hall and Cora's shabby cottage and sleepy town. Written in the 1950s, there is definetly a touch of nostalgia woven throughout the book -- hints of the changing post-war period, glimpses of years gone by. The novel's solution is spectacular, not only for the ingenious resolution of the puzzle but also because Christie really hits the nail on the head when she reveals the murderer's psychological justification for his/her acts. She has a deep understanding of the obsessions and quirks that, taken to extremes, motivate humans to commit terrible acts.
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When Richard Abernethie dies, no one suspects anything since he had been ill for some time. Also, none of his relatives were particularly sorry since his will made them all extremely wealthy. However, after the funeral, his slightly batty sister blurts out that Richard's death didn't seem quite natural. The family is appalled, but later remember her words when yet another murder occurs.
The concerned family solicitor calls in the renowned private detective Hercule Poirot. A piece of wedding cake, an oil painting copied from a post card, and a Victorian bouquet of wax flowers are among the clues that set Poirot on the trail of the killer.
In 1963, a movie titled "Murder at the Gallop" was made based on this plot. Poirot was deleted from the movie and Miss Jane Marple was inserted to solve the case.
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By Marjorie James on Jan. 27 1998
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A true Christie mystery, an English country house murder, a definite set of suspects and more plot twists than you can shake a stick at. The story begins with a funeral of a rich old man, or rather with the reception after it, when one of the heirs announces "Well he was murdered wasn't he?" When she is killed the next day the family lawyer calls on Hercule Poirot and it all begins. I will refrain from giving too many details, since half of the fun is in figuring out the people for yourself.
Unlike in some of her later books, Christie does not yield to the temptation to spout politics or philosophy, yet it still manages to be moderately deep. While not my very favorite of her books (I'm partial to Miss Marple) it was entertaining and I was unable to guess the murderer, despite my long acquaintance with her style.
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I have read about 30-32, A.C novells (there is 55), and this is one of them that I enjojed the most. Why, you may ask...in this book, there is a brutal, murder,,,wich you all know, isn't all that common in A.C:s books. Actually the person who said "well he was murdered wasn't he?" (= after the funeral of a rich relative;Richard Abernethie) is found brutally murdered with an ax the following day. And she was known for such statements, (true, and/but embarrasing). Anyway Hercule Poirot is 2 investigate the case. The plot is very exciting, interesting, and the end unexpected and chocking. When will the next murder happen (if it ever does that is), - find out!
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By A Customer on June 7 2000
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My favorite Christie novel is 'The ABC murders' where the reader is left totally perplexed. This one is good, but definitely not of the same class. Richard Abernethie and his sister Cora Abernethie are dead and Poirot comes in to handle the case. The variety of characters is greater than in most christie novels. The plot also reveals the deep (and sometimes trivial) motivations of humans. If you have never read Christie, start with 'The ABC murders', & 'The murder of Roger Ackroyd'.If you are already a fan, add it to your collection.
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Agatha does it again! Without wishing to give anything away, she has the reader looking in the wrong direction from page one right up to the end. How many times have we Christie fans fooled ourselves into thinking we know "whodunnit," only to find out that, dammit, she's pulled the wool over our eyes again! This one is pure pleasure; the characters are more eccentric than usual and therefore quite funny at times, and the puzzle (and its solution) is as amazing as any she ever came up with.
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This book has got to be one of Agatha Christie's great ones. The charactes are extremly well developed and the plot is very intriguing. Everytime you think you know who did it, something unexpected happens. I really loved it But the ending kind of disappointed me. The solution is very clever and igneious, nobody can probably ever guess it but she should have picked another. Read this one however because it is excellent.
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By A Customer on Sept. 10 1999
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It's no surprise that Agatha Christie is one of the most widely sold authors in the world. Unlike many other detective novels, "After the Funeral" kept me guessing down to the end. Ms. Christie's choice of murderer and motive turned out to be quite clever. All of her characters are richly drawn and well rounded. I loved this book and can't wait to read another.
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