By Agatha Christie
While Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the intense comment she made the day past at her brother Richard's funeral unexpectedly takes on a chilling importance. on the interpreting of Richard's will, Cora used to be essentially heard to assert: 'It's been hushed up very properly, hasn't itBut he was once murdered, wasn't he?' In desperation, the family members solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to solve the secret.
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Extra resources for After the Funeral: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Agatha Christie Collection)
The Abernethie household was Victorian in tone. The kitchen-maid had disappeared from the premises the next day, and after due inquiry the second gardener had been ordered to make an honest woman of her and had been presented with a cottage in which to do so. Far-off memories - but they had their point... Mr Entwhistle examined his uneasiness more closely. What was there in Cora's ridiculous remarks that had remained to tease his subconscious in this manner? Presently, he isolated two phrases. " Mr Entwhistle examined that last remark first.
No one had gained by her death - not even the brutal assailant who had thrust away those trinkets as he fled. Five people had a few thousands more of capital - but the capital they had already received was probably more than sufficient for them. No, there could be no motive there. Funny that murder should have been running in Cora's mind the very day before she herself was murdered. " Such a ridiculous thing to say. Ridiculous! Quite ridiculous! Much too ridiculous to mention to Inspector Morton.
Something...? Somebody...? Was it an expression on someone's face? Was that it? Something that - how could she put it? - ought not to have been there...? She didn't know... she couldn't place it... but there had been something -somewhere - wrong. V Meanwhile, in the buffet at Swindon, a lady in wispy mourning and festoons of jet was eating bath buns and drinking tea and looking forward to the future. She had no premonitions of disaster. She was happy. These cross-country journeys were certainly tiring.