By Agatha Christie
Whilst Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extreme comment she made the day prior to this at her brother Richard's funeral abruptly takes on a chilling value. on the interpreting of Richard's will, Cora used to be basically heard to assert: 'It's been hushed up very properly, hasn't itBut he was once murdered, wasn't he?' In desperation, the kinfolk solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to solve the secret.
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Extra info for After the Funeral: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Agatha Christie Collection)
The police asked for the name of her nearest relative or of her solicitors. And this Miss Gilchrist seemed rather doubtful about relatives and their addresses, but she knew about us. " demanded Mr Entwhistle. Mr Parrott sounded apologetic again. " "That's the idea. " "Changing library books in Reading. She got back about five o'clock and found Mrs Lansquenet dead. The police want to know if we've any idea of who could have been likely to attack her. " "It must be some half-witted local oaf - who thought there might be something to steal and then lost his head and attacked her.
Yes. It seems she returned late from the North the night before, exhausted and very excited. " "She slept very badly and woke with a terrible headache. She had several cups of tea and took some dope for her head and then told Miss Gilchrist not to disturb her till lunch-time. She felt no better and decided to take two sleeping pills. She then sent Miss Gilchrist into Reading by the bus to change some library books. She'd have been drowsy, if not already asleep, when this man broke in. He could have taken what he wanted by means of threats, or he could easily have gagged her.
Looking after his health, fussing over him - fussing over him a bit too much, probably. Was there really anything the matter with Timothy? Just a hypochondriac, Mr Entwhistle suspected. Richard Abernethie had suspected so, too. "Weak chest, of course, when he was a boy," he had said. " Oh well, everybody had to have some hobby. Timothy's hobby was the all absorbing one of his own health. Was Mrs Tim taken in? Probably not - but women never admitted that sort of thing. Timothy must be quite comfortably off.