- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece Ed edition (6 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007119364
- ISBN-13: 978-0007119363
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
After the Funeral (Poirot) Paperback – 6 May 2008
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“Keeps us guessing – and guessing wrongly – to the very last page”
From the Back Cover
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. " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Richard’s death which up until that point hadn’t been considered suspect is closely analysed by the members of the family and especially by the family’s solicitor Mr Entwhistle, whose suspicions are substantially increased when only a day after the funeral Cora herself is murdered in a frenzied hatchet attack.
The obvious motive is money and with Cora’s share of Richard’s will now being split amongst the other family members, Mr Entwhistle begins to make enquiries as to everyone’s whereabouts on the day of Cora’s murder. When he feels he has taken things as far as they can go he calls in a favour of an old friend, a certain M. Hercule Poirot.
The novel is very typically Christie with the various members of the family all having their own little secrets as to their real whereabouts and motives. Poirot poses as the head of a foreign charity planning to buy the house for refugees and thereby gains access to their movements.
It’s always quite hard to say when a Christie novel is set, as she very rarely mentions dates.Read more ›
So this is the first Poirot novel I've read and am reading as part of my World Book Night challenge. Having only read one other Christie novel (I know...shameful) this follows the formulaic template but then why change what works?
There's a lot of characters at the start which you have to get your head around. The chapters are split into parts each dedicated to a different character which does mean you get a thorough overview of the characters and as alibis are deconstructed there are snippets of clues to be had. I still didn't work out who did it although afterwards you realise that the clues were there!
Although this is a Poirot novel, for about the first two-thirds of the novel the investigating is conducted by Entwhistle, the family solicitor. It's only much later that Poirot is brought in - almost as a closer! It was around page 107 when he's first mentioned and this is how he's introduced (made me chuckle!):
"There were no curves in the room. Almost the only exception was Hercule Poirot himself who was full of curves. His stomach was pleasantly rounded, his head resembled an egg in shape, and his moustaches curved upwards in a flamboyant flourish."
With rather a good twist that is well wrapped up rather nicely at end, if not a little too quickly, a must read for all Poirot and Christie fans!
Maybe this is not one of Ms Christie's best, but it is a clever puzzle, and there is a strong sense of times changing, as the ancient family prepares to watch their ancestral home pass into the hands of strangers, perhaps to be redeveloped into apartments. As always with Ms Christie's work, the story is full of clues and red-herrings, with every member of the family having something to hide and some motive for the murder. Poirot is fully the equal of everyone, and anyone who tries to deceive his "little grey cells", is wasting their time. This may not be the best of Ms Christie's books, but it is a very satisfying tale.
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I have read several novels by Agatha Christie and l enjoyed this one very much. The plot unfolds gradually, retaining your interest throughout. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Hilary
When an infirm, elderly gentleman dies, there’s nothing about his death that seems suspicious. At least, not until one of his relatives says, “It’s been hushed up very nicely,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SocialBookshelves.com