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After two wealthy members of the Abernethie family are murdered, the family solicitor calls in master sleuth Hercule Poirot. Reissue.

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Overview

The classic ingredients-the battling family, the jealous heir, the reading of the will, the murder, and Detective Hercule Poirot-means classic Christie.

After two wealthy members of the Abernethie family are murdered, the family solicitor calls in master sleuth Hercule Poirot. Reissue.

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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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425173909
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: Hercule Poirot Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.82 (w) x 4.22 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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Agatha Christie

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. Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of nine psychological thrillers, which have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2009

    A wealthy man's funeral is only the begining of one of Poirot's most baffling and brilliant cases in his career

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    After the Funeral

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2001

    masterpiece!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2014

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    After the Funeral begins with Mr. Entwhistle, a lawyer attending

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Ally

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2002

    More Death After the Funeral!!!!

    But he was murder wasn't he? Those were the words spoken Cora Lansquenet the sister of Richard Abernethie who had always had a way of speaking the truth in the most embarrassing way.Did she know that her brother had been murdered,was that why she was killed?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2000

    Wondreful book

    Exciting book. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2014

    Kyoto

    Stands in the shadows with his cloak covering his features.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2014

    James

    Jumps in swords unsheathed and kicks the person with the pitchfork away. "What are you doing!!!!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2014

    Link

    Walks in tears in my eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2014

    KT

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2014

    Hades

    Appears in a blood red suit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2014

    Lena

    I understand it is ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2014

    Gem

    Ugh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2014

    Gem

    Stop copying meh, dude

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2014

    Morgan

    Feels sorrowful. "Well, this goes to show what suicide can do to loved ones. I wrote a poem at her grave." Leaves

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Hector

    I i gtg

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    Posted March 30, 2014

    Kenny

    "Myob"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Funeral requests/notes

    Snow Dove Funeral

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    Posted November 27, 2011

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