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After the Funeral ➽ [Download] ➺ After the Funeral By Agatha Christie ➸ – Thomashillier.co.uk The master of a Victorian mansion dies suddenly and his sister is convinced it was murder When Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extraordinary remark she made the previous day at her broth The master of a Victorian mansion dies suddenly and his sister is convinced it was murder When Cora 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 After the Epub / 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.


About the Author: Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie MallowanAgatha Christie is the best selling author of all time She wrote crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a After the Epub / billion in translation According to Index Translationum, she remains the most translated individual author, having been translated into at least languages She is the creator of two of the most enduring figures in crime literature Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple and author of The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the history of modern theatre Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, UK as the youngest of three The Millers had two other children Margaret Frary Miller , called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha s senior, and Louis Montant Miller , called Monty, ten years older than Agatha Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison During the Second World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novelsHer first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in During her first marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazinesIn late , Agatha s husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce On December the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house, Styles, in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven daysIn , Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan Sir Max from after joining him in an archaeological dig Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie s death in Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories Christie s travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East Other novels such as And Then There Were None were set in and around Torquay, where she was born Christie s novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway The hotel maintains Christie s room as a memorial to the author The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in , is now in the care of the National TrustChristie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother in law, James Watts She based at least two of her stories on the hall the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, and the novel After the Funeral Abney Hall became Agatha s greatest inspiration for country house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plotsTo honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club Wikipedia entry for Agatha Christie.



10 thoughts on “After the Funeral

  1. Dita (on partial hiatus until Saturday!) Dita (on partial hiatus until Saturday!) says:

    This isn t one of my girl s best because it is Poirot light He only appears a handful of times but it is still fabulous because the family dynamics are Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs and I am always in for that.I also loved that Poirot was upstaged in solving this one and as usual I was blown away by both the who and the why.Rock on Aggie.


  2. Sumit RK Sumit RK says:

    For in the long run, either through a lie, or through truth, people were bound to give themselves away A Poirot mystery set in the post World War II Era A sad reminder that Poirot is now old retired that the writer has now slowly started moving away from the Poirot character An era where Christie had started focusingon Marple than Poirot. Story A wealthy man dies his relatives gather after his funeral for the reading of his will, during which his sister states that he was murdere For in the long run, either through a lie, or through truth, people were bound to give themselves away A Poirot mystery set in the post World War II Era A sad reminder that Poirot is now old retired that the writer has now slowly started moving away from the Poirot character An era where Christie had started focusingon Marple than Poirot. Story A wealthy man dies his relatives gather after his funeral for the reading of his will, during which his sister states that he was murdered The next day, she herself is found murdered Poirot is called in to solve the mystery.Without revealing the plot too much, I will get into what works what doesn t work in terms of the storyline What Works After the Funeral has the ideal setting for a perfect murder mystery a dead rich man, plenty of greedy relatives reading of a dead man s will Christie is brilliant at murder mysteries involving multiple scheming backstabbing suspects And Then There Were None Murder On The Orient Expresscome to mind , where every member is a suspect and enough clues are left around to suspect every one of the murder Christie keeps confusing the readers with clues while blinding them to the obvious facts right in front of them Indeed, hidden amongst the plot are many of Christie s usual tricks hints which guide sometimes misguide you. What Doesn t Work There are 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 with alibis of each character deconstructed The many characters introduced all at once their stories, all gets confusing it slightly distracts you from the main mystery Although this is a Poirot novel, for about the first two thirds of the novel the investigation is conducted by Entwhistle, the family solicitor Poirot is brought in at the end almost as an afterthought for the final reveal as discussed above Poirot s solution to the murder mystery is quite logical and satisfying, though it does have a few loopholes, if you think about it.Overall, though not among Christie s best works, it is still a very good enjoyable mystery with a unique twist in the end 3.5 5


  3. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Funerals Are Fatal After the Funeral Hercule Poirot 31 , Agatha ChristieAfter the Funeral is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in March 1953.The book features the author s Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, but the Murder at the Gallop film adaptation instead featured her amateur sleuth, Miss Marple A wealthy man dies at home His relatives gather after his funeral for the reading of his will, during which his sister states that he was murdered The next day, Funerals Are Fatal After the Funeral Hercule Poirot 31 , Agatha ChristieAfter the Funeral is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in March 1953.The book features the author s Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, but the Murder at the Gallop film adaptation instead featured her amateur sleuth, Miss Marple A wealthy man dies at home His relatives gather after his funeral for the reading of his will, during which his sister states that he was murdered The next day, she herself is found murdered Poirot is called in to solve the mystery 2001 1379 317 1384 1387 9789647100632 20 1387 317 9789647100632 1390 26 04 1399


  4. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* says:

    EXCERPT I may, said Poirot in a completely unconvinced tone, be wrong Morton smiled But that doesn t often happen to you No Though I will admit yes, I am forced to admit that it has happened to me I must say I m glad to hear it To be always right must be sometimes monotonous I do not find it so, Poirot assured him.ABOUT THE BOOK Hercule Poirot is called on to investigate the murder of a brother and sister in this classic from the Queen of Mystery.When Cora Lansquenet is savag EXCERPT I may, said Poirot in a completely unconvinced tone, be wrong Morton smiled But that doesn t often happen to you No Though I will admit yes, I am forced to admit that it has happened to me I must say I m glad to hear it To be always right must be sometimes monotonous I do not find it so, Poirot assured him.ABOUT THE BOOK Hercule Poirot is called on to investigate the murder of a brother and sister in this classic from the Queen of Mystery.When Cora Lansquenet is savagely murdered, the odd remark she made the day before at her brother s funeral becomes chillingly important It s been hushed up very nicely, hasn t it But he was murdered, wasn t he Desperate to learnabout both deaths, the family solicitor turns to detective extraordinaire Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery MY THOUGHTS I think that After the Funeral is one of Agatha Christie s best books It isof a mystery and less of a vehicle to showcase the talents of Hercule Poirot, although he does, of course, solve the crime in the end It is a very clever, inventive and unpredictable story And thoroughly enjoyable Even upon repeat readings hearings I particularly enjoyed the BBC production, especially Frank Thornton s role as the family solicitor He has long been a firm favorite of mine as Truly of the Yard in Last of the Summer Wine 4.5 shimmering stars for After the Funeral by Agatha Christie, narrated by John Moffat, Frank Thornton and Jill Balcon, produced by BBC Audiobooks All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com


  5. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    A rich guy had decency to die just in time for his surviving relatives to inherit his money just when they needed it It so happened that they all desperately needed it at that time Right after the funeral during the reading of the will one of them suggested the dead guy was helped to the afterlife quite tactlessly I might add The family lawyer Mr Entwistle thought it was peculiar A couple of days later the tactless relative was brutally murdered Again Mr Entwistle thought it was peculia A rich guy had decency to die just in time for his surviving relatives to inherit his money just when they needed it It so happened that they all desperately needed it at that time Right after the funeral during the reading of the will one of them suggested the dead guy was helped to the afterlife quite tactlessly I might add The family lawyer Mr Entwistle thought it was peculiar A couple of days later the tactless relative was brutally murdered Again Mr Entwistle thought it was peculiar After some other gruesome event no spoilers Mr Entwistle thought it was so peculiar he decided to investigate He knew all those people so asking them questions was not a problem He was very much puzzled by his findings Did you notice something Lots of things happened, but Hercule Poirot was not in the story yet He briefly appeared in chapter 7 only to disappear again for a really long time yielding stage to lots of people with different kinds of family drama I have nothing against reading well written family drama, but I was expecting Poirot instead, dammit Finally the great detective bothered to appear, just in time to explain the mystery Usually this behavior was typical for miss Marple, but not Poirot In any way, his observations, deductions, and explanations were brilliant, but at this point they came too little, too late I also found the motive for such an elaborated crime to be bland and underwhelming All in all, as a family drama it is worth 5 stars As a Poirot mystery it is 3 stars Taking an average gives 4 stars I will leave it at that, but this is one of the weakest if not the weakest Poirot mystery I gave such a high rating


  6. carol. carol. says:

    from my blog, where it is much easier to give links, pictures and half stars at but I m a reading disaster when it comes to Christie books At one point in After the Funeral, I felt I knew who the murderer was, and when I flipped to check if I was right oh, the horroryes, I did that I was. But I got no pleasure out of my powers of deduction, as I m almost positive I ve read this at least once before Possibly twice. So that s a sad statement from my blog, where it is much easier to give links, pictures and half stars at but I m a reading disaster when it comes to Christie books At one point in After the Funeral, I felt I knew who the murderer was, and when I flipped to check if I was right oh, the horroryes, I did that I was. But I got no pleasure out of my powers of deduction, as I m almost positive I ve read this at least once before Possibly twice. So that s a sad statement of my mental affairs that I m almost pleased by solving the murderer of a book I ve read twice before Sigh if it doesn t pertain to biology, it likely doesn t stick in my brain So I find I m unable to advise if it was a fair or solvable mystery, for those who look for that sort of thing I rather think it wasn t But at any rate, murderer identified, I was able to settle down and concentrate on Christie s fine storytelling That Dame sure can tell a tale, because it remained no less suspenseful.I m working on a theory that Christie was a master mystery writer Oh, I know the British Empire already figured that out in 1971 But really, the woman could write I am so amazed, sometimes, how she created so much character in a handful of words I know I ve said this before, but it s something that bears examining Why is it that Rothfuss and Sanderson get heaps of accolades when they describe every single jewel someone is wearing, taking 700 pages to tell their story about a journey of a thousand steps I think and now that I spell this out, I think there s something really quite valid to my instinct here that I prefer the character of a story, the sense of it I don t need the high def, cinematic version I want the emotion of it, the presence of it Max Gladstone recently wrote a fascinating post about action scenes Fighting Words , and at the very bottom, in the comments section, Kameron Hurley comments Yup, this is how I think about it it s not my job to give the literal then this, then that, then this, but to infer enough of the scene through the emotion I convey for the reader to fill in the gaps This.If I may move from the discussion of writing action to the concept of writing, period, Christie doesn t exhaustively describe how each person walks, the sound of their voice, their dress, their mannerisms she picks out the part that identifies them most, includes that description in an action, and lets the reader draw the conclusion For me, to mix my metaphors again, it s the difference between 17th century Dutch paintings and cubism, particularly Braque, one of my favorite painters although not this one versusI think that s why Christie works for me There s a combination of specificity and ambiguity that gives an impression, with out the need to delineate every shadow She allows my own interpretation, and yet every single time, I end up exactly where she wants me More or less.In After the Funeral, everyone gathers at the estate for the funeral of Richard Abernethie, and imagine the surprise among the clan when dotty, arty Aunt Cora says, But he was murdered, wasn t he Elderly solicitor Entwistle remains bothered, her remark nagging at him, and imagine his surprise when he receives a phone call the next day from the police I won t spoil any , but Christie does trot in her favorites the ancient family butler, the motherly wife, the gambler, the hypochondriac, the actress, the scatty matron, the stockbroker of questionable values And, of course, the Monsieur himself Hercule Poirot at your service Poirot bowed.There were no gasps of astonishment or of apprehension And such a snicker we all had at Poirot s expense, did we not And with virtually no set up, we laughed Now try this brief character appearance on for size Mr Entwistle passed a very restless night He felt so tired and so unwell in the morning that he did not get up His sister who kept house for him brought up his breakfast on a tray and explained to him severely how wrong he had been to go gadding off to the North of England at his age and in his frail state of health Mr Entwistle contented himself with saying that Richard Abernethie had been a very old friend Funerals said his sister with deep disapproval Funerals are absolutely fatal for a man your age In four very brief paragraphs, we have the entire sense of Mr Entwistle s sister, do we not And their decades of interaction And had another little snicker at his sister s comment Evensurprising there were threeparagraphs to follow, all on a chapter heading page Eat your heart out, Way of Kings This book I recommend it, for fans of both Christie and Poirot It feels a little routine for her at this point, but it is a well polished routine, with a nice twist Even , I recommend Dame Christie Period


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    Evil is not something superhuman, it s something less than human Agatha Christie


  8. Luffy Luffy says:

    I had fears for this lesser known and ultimately excellent book by Agatha Christie This French translation was done by Yves Massip, and he did a perfect job of it The murders in this book were very relevant.The denouement of the plot, was abetted by a concise story The book is imaginative, daring, original but not entirely , functional, and elicited an inquisitive mood.This book is criminally pun intended underrated I read that the culprit barely appeared in the book Wrong Read for yours I had fears for this lesser known and ultimately excellent book by Agatha Christie This French translation was done by Yves Massip, and he did a perfect job of it The murders in this book were very relevant.The denouement of the plot, was abetted by a concise story The book is imaginative, daring, original but not entirely , functional, and elicited an inquisitive mood.This book is criminally pun intended underrated I read that the culprit barely appeared in the book Wrong Read for yourselves and find out There was some humor in the novel, which was a bonus


  9. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    Agatha Christie s 31 Hercule Poirot mystery is the work of a writer that at this point knows her craft so well that she can do it almost in her sleep And this story has a lot of sleep in it, and dreams And a couple of funerals I preferred the original title, After the Funeral, because it speaks to theserious literary tone of this book compared to thecomic tone she often seems to be going for, that would match Funerals are Fatal, which isn t exactly accurate, as you are led to be Agatha Christie s 31 Hercule Poirot mystery is the work of a writer that at this point knows her craft so well that she can do it almost in her sleep And this story has a lot of sleep in it, and dreams And a couple of funerals I preferred the original title, After the Funeral, because it speaks to theserious literary tone of this book compared to thecomic tone she often seems to be going for, that would match Funerals are Fatal, which isn t exactly accurate, as you are led to believe that a murder happens at a funeral, which it does not The tone herein this book is not actually comic but serious, with a touch of madness.In almost all Christie books there are bystanders who suppose that the crime must have been done by a madman, and it almost never is true Poirot is a psychological detective He operates by getting to know the possible murderers and thinking using his little grey cells and proceeding, not through the available evidence, that s police work, only technical but through ratiocination, through step by step logic as it applies to the study of human nature So both Poirot and I think Christie also don t feel that madness is a central rationale for murder Or interesting, really Madmen are random, and thus boringly illogical, not worth the trouble to Christie and Poirot Oh, we do have our daffy characters here, one possibly quite mad, Timothy, and one pretending to be mad, Greg, but finally those types are always comic relief, distractions Which is not say madness is irrelevant to this tale, butyou won t get me to tell, I won t But back to the point Poirot operates through logic, and talking to people, through what he calls the dangers of conversation, As he says, if you can induce a person to talk to you for long enough, on any subject whatever, sooner or later they will give themselves away Name redacted did One of the features of this tale that finally makes Christie impressive in this particular book and not just ploddingly proficient is that Christie increasingly reveals her love hate relationship with her little round Belgian, whom she likes to make fun of for his arrogance No one in this tale, he is disappointed to discover, even has heard of him She wickedly as they all refer to him as Mr Pontarlier His name is his brand, his cache, and they get it wrong Sacre bleu And she makes fun of his way of speaking Poirot The time has come to tell you all Inspector Morton You sound like a young lady in a Victorian melodrama And he does, in this tale of all things Victorian And at this point, dozens of books done, Christie feels forced to write him in this way Augh But she both does what she has to do, she makes Poirot come alive, and then she simultaneously satirizes him Can he actually be to the masses both adorable and annoying Looks like it.And then Morton can t resist saying what we as readers are thinking, something Christie perhaps might admit herself about her now close to fiftieth book, which she really does want to finish Yes, yes, tell me all And for the Lord s sake hurry up and do it Which he does, of course, finally But here again she is making fun of Poirot for his necessarily meticulous and sometimes admittedly boring, and long method, which she is compelled to recreate, book after book, so tongue in cheek makes fun of herself for being trapped to write him in this way But then the resolution, the ingenuity of which makes you realize that it is all necessary, and over such a Victorian word worth it So in the end, all is forgiven, we love Poirot after all, and so does Agatha Which is why she is Dame Christie, and not Detective Nobody Spoilers in here, but not THE spoiler, I wouldn t do that The facts of the case Richard Abernethie dies After the funeral Cora Lasquenet says she thinks it was murder, and for which she is herself murdered After which Miss Gilchrist, Cora s companion, who may know the truth about Cora, is taken ill eating a piece of wedding cake laced with arsenic And after that Mrs Abernethie, who may know the truth about Cora, is conked on the head, concussed, hospitalized Will she recover, to reveal the truth Oh, have it either way, because we have M Poirot But seriously, what do we get for speaking the truth at odd moments Or are they lies What do we really know about Cora Or about anyone You think as you read that details are just details, but Christie will make you pay attention, again and again, because some mundane details figure in to make this a sort of dazzling resolution, among them The visit of an art critic, a smell of oil paint, a picture postcard of Polflexan harbor and finally a bouquet of wax flowers standing on that malachite table And a telegram with these four words Definitely a Vermeer, Guthrie And the imperfect reflection of people in mirrors Poirot To see ourselves as others see us And Victorian stolidity and aesthetics and values and ladylike manners being replaced by something rather modern And a consideration of the nature of madness.And, just randomly, I like this line, from Timothy I ve a soul above corn plasters, Entwhistle I didn t know what this meant, no, but it made me smile But one would hope we all would have souls above corn plasters, oui Reading along in this book, do you have the temerity to be bored You must have patience, mon ami A bit of advice about method, to which both the Inspector and Poirot ascribe You don t want to fluster your bird too soon But when you do fluster it, you want to fluster it well And Poirot does, finally He patiently builds his case, and then flusters the bird well in a final explosion of flustering I had never heard of Funerals are Fatal, and thought for 200 or so of the 224 pages that this was just another 3 starred book, oh, come on, get it over with, but the ending gathering together all the relevant motifs brought it to 4 stars What did I know What do I ever know It s maybe even better than that, really, compared to any other mysteries being written, but alas, I am getting a little tired of Christie in spite of myself 30 books Sacre bleu Only 9 to go


  10. Adrian Adrian says:

    A fabulous Poirot More tomorrowSo I, and a number of other people are now well into the third year of our Group Buddy Read of all of Agatha Christie s Poirot Novels and short stories, and whilst some of the novels fade in my memory, I can imagine this one will stay with me.Poirot is asked by an old acquaintance and family lawyer to investigate the possible murder of his old friend and also the murder of his old friends sister just days after the funeral Is there even a connection especially hi A fabulous Poirot More tomorrowSo I, and a number of other people are now well into the third year of our Group Buddy Read of all of Agatha Christie s Poirot Novels and short stories, and whilst some of the novels fade in my memory, I can imagine this one will stay with me.Poirot is asked by an old acquaintance and family lawyer to investigate the possible murder of his old friend and also the murder of his old friends sister just days after the funeral Is there even a connection especially his sister blurts out she thinks her brother was murdered A number of nieces and nephews as well as the final brother and his wife are the immediate beneficiaries of the will and are therefore prime suspects.Poirot poses as the leader of a refugee charity interested in purchasing the deceased man s stately home to enable him to investigate the possible suspects, all of whom could be involved.A wonderful example of Poirot s little grey cells in action, and the epitome of what Christie set out to create with her fabulous detective


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