By Agatha Christie
While Richard Abernethie, the grasp of Enderby corridor, dies his heirs gather on the titanic Victorian mansion to listen to the studying of the need. it really is then that Cora, Abernethie's sister, comes out with an alarming concept: "But he was once murdered, wasn't he?" day after today Cora is located brutally bludgeoned to loss of life in her domestic.
None except Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot is summoned to Enderby in pursuit of the assassin. Suspects abound together with a wayward nephew unfortunate with girls and horses, a favourite and probably innocent sister-in-law, feuding nieces, a nosey housekeeper, and a disingenuous paintings collector.
Poirot needs to conjure all of his deductive powers on the way to unmask the killer and his ultimate end is a superb and unforeseen as ever. After the Funeral is vintage Christie at her top.
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Not a stroke. " Lucy clung a little more tightly to Arabella's hand, all the same. "You needn't worry yourself, miss," said the older of the two watermen. "This crabber was built in Sennen Cove by men who knew their business. She'll keep the sea when more tender boats have all run for home. " Arabella couldn't believe that this battered and stinking little boat caused any envy anywhere--not even in Sennen Cove, wherever that was. She looked about the harbour. Boats of every shape and size were putting out into the sound, all drawn in one direction like leaves on a running river.
A woman was found dead wearing these clothes. Whether she is Angelique Desmarches, I cannot yet say. " the woman moaned. She waved a hand at her daughter. "Amelie. Allez. Go with the Bow Street man and see if it is Angelique. I pray that it is not. " But even in the city of London in the summer of 1815 prayers were not always answered. After accompanying Morton to view the body, young Amelie was certain beyond doubt that it was indeed the woman named Angelique Desmarches. Arabella was too affected by the sorrow of mother and daughter to be triumphant and had gone off to the rehearsal very subdued.
He nodded to the Runners, who rose and left. In the antechamber outside, Morton touched his old friend on the shoulder before he could take his leave. "You had more to say, I think, Mr. Townsend," Morton ventured. The venerable old Runner paused to think, rooting about in his frock coat for his snuff and examining his younger colleague as he did. "I will tell you this, Morton--you are beyond the realm of common crime now. Torture is imposed for reasons either of religion or of state. The Spanish Inquisition is a thing of the past.