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After The Funeral: A Hercule Poirot Mystery [Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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June 6 2011 Hercule Poirot Mysteries

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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“Agatha Christie’s puzzles have delighted fans for decades.” (Diane Mott Davidson, New York Times bestselling author)

“Complete with a genealogical tree, a dubious will, and a family full of potential murderers.” (New York Times)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another spellbinding Christie 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Fun And Intriguing Book July 7 2000
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Not very thrilling, but good. 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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3.0 out of 5 stars I've read better April 5 2000
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Well, it was a good book (just as I find most Agatha Christie novels), but I've read many of her books and it didn't even compare with, say, "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd." That title, in my opinion, is a work of genius, and this one I didn't find one of the more exciting ones. But it's worth your time nonetheless, and the solution is clever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funerals can be fun! Feb. 1 2000
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A real mystery! Dec 21 1999
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This book was a real page turner! I had no idea who the murderer was and I was so surprised at the end! It is definatly worth reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good unputdownable Agatha Christie classic. Nov. 3 1999
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Agatha Christie is my favourite author. With this book she has again enthralled readers worldwide.
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