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After the Funeral (Hercule Poirot Series)
     

After the Funeral (Hercule Poirot Series)

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by Agatha Christie
 

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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?"

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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. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Diane Mott Davidson
“Agatha Christie’s puzzles have delighted fans for decades.”
New York Times
“Complete with a genealogical tree, a dubious will, and a family full of potential murderers.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062357311
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Series:
Hercule Poirot Series
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
202,084
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Diane Mott Davidson
“Agatha Christie’s puzzles have delighted fans for decades.”

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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After the Funeral 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
After the Funeral begins with Mr. Entwhistle, a lawyer attending a funeral for one of his oldest clients and friends, Richard Abernethie. Mr. Abernethie ran a successful family business and with the death of only son occurring years earlier, the heirs to the family money include Richard's hypochondriac brother Timothy, his sister Cora, whom no one has seen in twenty years after she married a man considered 'unsuitable', nieces Susan, a businesswoman, Rosamund, an actress, and nephew George, in finance. At the home after the funeral, Cora carelessly tosses off a comment about Richard being murdered. Most of the family chalked it up to Cora just stirring up the pot, as she is wont to do. But the next day, Cora is brutally murdered in her home, and now Mr. Entwhistle is concerned that perhaps Richard was murdered. He goes to Hercule Poirot to investigate and find out if Richard was murdered and who killed Cora. I found it amusing when Poirot turns to Mr. Goby, a man "famous for the acquiring of information." Goby calls government snooping "God's gift to investigators." Given what we know about the NSA, one could infer that government's spying on their citizens is a time- honored practice. The family members all have money issues: Timothy hasn't worked due to his "illnesses", and his house and car are falling apart. Susan wishes to buy a pharmacy for her husband. Rosamund wants to use the money to support her and her husband's dreams of staging a play. George apparently has a gambling problem and has been using clients' funds to cover his losses. They all have motives for wanting the money, and Poirot discovers that many of them had opportunity as well. It's great fun following the clues and trying to put the puzzle pieces together to discover the murderer. (I confess that I was wrong.) It's interesting that Poirot does not dominate the story. He comes into the story late and stays in the background for the most part. In today's mystery/thriller series books, the protagonist (a cop, investigator, medical examiner) tends to dominate the stories of the books, with the crime relegated to equal or lesser plotlines. I also found it interesting the lengths that people will go to when money is involved. Like government spying, greed appears to be something that has been with humans for a long time, and probably will be for a long time to come. Now that I have read three Agatha Christie novels, two of them featuring M. Poirot, I'm curious to read Sophie Hannah's take on the iconic character in The Monogram Murders.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved how in the begining of the book Aunt Cora made the surprising remark that her brother Richard was murdered and then instantly she was brutally murdered in her cottage with a hatchet. This book is great. You have a family full of aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews and any one of them could be a potential killer. Wonderful characterzations, surprising twists and turns, two shocking crimes during the course of the novel. The ending is incredible I was shocked by the killer's idetnity and motive and you will be surprised too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First released under the title "Funerals are Fatal" this book is an excellent example of Agatha Christie's writing style. She keeps you guessing until the very end. I absolutely LOVE her books, which is probably why I own over 70 of them! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of my favourite books from agatha.really enjoyable(though the end is really sad)but the end makes this book so great, you almost feel sorry for the murderer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Exciting book. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!
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meemee1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed trying to figure out who the killer was; the book was very intriging and kept my intres. i'm a long time Agatha Cristie fan and love Poirot .With such a collection of family members wanting the money/other items it's a real page turner! all of them had motive but not all had the passion of killing. Many twists adn turns kept me guessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had not read this particular mystery by Miss Christie and was pleased to see it offered as a freebie. Once again the persnickity little Belgian does not disappoint.
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Stands in the shadows with his cloak covering his features.
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Appears behind Hades swipes a pitchfork under his feet and knocks him over. Stands over him menacingly and hisses "State your business here" pitchfork positioned inches from his forehead.
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Stop copying meh, dude
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