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Funerals Are Fatal (Hercule Poirot #29)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  15,334 Ratings  ·  698 Reviews
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 very nicely, hasn't it...But he was murdered, wasn't he?' In desperation, the family solicitor turns to Hercule Poir ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 3rd 1985 by Pocket Books (first published March 1953)
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Apr 30, 2015 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Christie, spare writing, Poirot
Shelves: mystery

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Goodness, 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 horror!)–yes, 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
Mar 27, 2011 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poirot, 2011
Ah Poirot, how I enjoy you with your funny egg shaped head, your sleek moustaches and your willingness to embrace the rampant racism present in the average Englishman all in the pursuit of a tricksy murderer. This lovely hardcover facsimile edition has been sitting on my shelf for a while waiting to be read and it's really a very enjoyable Poirot whodunnit.

We have a stately home reaching the end of it's life along with the owner, a death swiftly followed by a second and a small cast of eccentric
Nandakishore Varma
Nov 28, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The story starts after the funeral of Richard Abernethie, when his scatterbrain sister Cora makes a wild statement: "But he was murdered, wasn't he?" There is no such scandal, and everybody admonishes Cora - but the seed of doubt has been sown. Because the silly Cora has in the past been known to blurt out unwelcome truths.

Then, the next day, Cora is bludgeoned to death...


This is an exquisitely structured novel with plenty of characterisation. As with a
Raya  Ka'abneh
Dec 07, 2016 Raya Ka'abneh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

unbelievable one!

my favorite quotes:

Oct 22, 2015 Obsidian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Only read this book if you want to read all of the Poirot books. Otherwise skip it. Seriously.

Some of the most despicable characters and an ending that had to be the dumbest one yet for a Christie novel.

Once again we have very little Poirot to start with. This book starts at the reading of the will of the late Richard Abernethie. The whole family is left money, though his sister Cora mentions that he had to have been murdered. This disturbs other members of the family and the family solicitor, M
Jul 11, 2014 Durdles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Absolute classic and ingenious Christie. A country house, a will, a dysfunctional family, some deaths and near misses. Plenty of red herrings and a real sense that you should be able to guess the perpetrator if only you could go back and make notes; but you are too busy turning the pages to recap conversations in detail. Yet again I got it wrong but that's the most satisfying outcome in a whodunnit. I was reading recently why it is that we find detective stories so satisfying and apparently it i ...more
Jan 12, 2017 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A careless statement is uttered after a funeral, which seem to lead to a brutal crime....

Another delightful mystery, and I totally suspected the wrong person! Yet again, the cast of characters was vast and involved multiple relations. I find that Christie liked just dumping a boatload of names on the unsuspecting readers and letting them figure out the connections for themselves. I always have such a hard time distinguishing characters for the first few chapters, but they do tend to get a distin
Carolyn F.

I figured this book out and as I was patting myself on the back and high-fiving myself (because my husband and daughter could care less), I figured out at the end I read it before. I guess I'm not as intelligent as I thought.
Mar 08, 2016 Kirstie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fb-challenge
My first Agatha Christie and I really enjoyed it. I guessed the murderer but I constantly changed my mind!!!
Kathy Worrell  ツ
2.5 Stars. I loved the name of the book. She always has cute titles to her mysteries.
Feb 03, 2013 Meave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was a good story with a clever twist, but I had to dock it a star because of the icky, icky racism. I mean there was only one expression, but she uses it so many times and this was published in 1953, and I don't know about the history of civil rights in the U.K., and British racism is different from racism in the U.S., BUT STILL. It's so gross! I can't stand it.

Similarly, Poirot plays the "all the British are suspicious of and hostile toward foreigners" card in basically every novel, and it r
As usual, Agatha Christie never fails to amaze me. Her writing style is amazing. The plot is well structured, and sequential.

I had problem following at first because there are lots of characters involved. (I'm not really good with names). Some are easy to differentiate but others are pretty plain.

Overall, I like the story. Once again, I failed to predict who is the criminal. I kind of suspect everyone when I started reading this. Lol. That's pretty much how I read crime novel.

And Hercule Poiro
Aug 30, 2016 Daniela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En realidad son 3,5
No es mi favorito de Agatha, pero me pareció interesante y entretenido. La puntuación es sobre todo porque a pesar de que he leído varios libros de esta autora, aún no he logrado descubrir al culpable, siempre termina todas formas voy a seguir compitiendo con vos Agatha!!!

Ojalá fuera una contemporánea y pudiera pedirle que escriba un libro en el cual participen Poirot y, mi favorita, Miss. Marple.
Mar 05, 2015 Miguel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: resenha-sqf

É necessário ser-se um bom escritor de policiais para esmiuçar as acções e pensamentos de cada personagem e imbuir a cada um, um motivo (credível) que o leve a cometer um crime; afinal, a complexidade da mente humana é infinita. O Caso do Funeral Fatal flui de página em página, terminando com uma surpreendente revelação.
Lujain Abdul
i loved the book! it was written in an easy language the context was flowy and kept the reader guessing till the end like a good crime mystery book should. the only thing i didnt like was that the ending wasnt too shocking to me as it didnt create the right atmosphere for the big reveal (in my opinion) but the book the story line and the mystery was fantastic
Aug 19, 2012 VaultOfBooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By Agatha Christie. Grade: A. #11 of Hercule Poirot Series.
I’m trying to read all the books written by Ms Christie and I’m first finishing off all the Hercule Poirot books. After The Funeral is the 11th Poirot book that I recently finished reading.
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
May 15, 2011 Kasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie had true talent when it came to spinning masterpieces. Her legendary Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot used his shrewd logic to defeat many criminals when microscopes and labs were used in other mysteries, taking the reader on a rid of their life as he tracked clues and interviewed the suspects.

When Richard Abernethie dies and his family meets at the funeral, one person is certain that he was murdered. But when Cora, the one who knew something falls to the same fate as her brothe
Sep 02, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
At this point I basically assume that I've read every Agatha Christie novel in their various incarnations - sometimes I pick up a new "title" and find out that I've read the edition with the British title or something like that - so I don't know if this is a new one for me or if I simply forgot the plot (the real effective way to have an endless supply of Christie novels!).

I read the latest Kindle edition, which features a foreword by Sophie Hannah. She was recently commissioned by the Agatha C
ملاحظة مهمة: لقد قرأت هذه الرواية مترجمة بالعربية بـنسخة "دار الحرية للنشر والتوزيع" المعنونة بــ الميراث الدامي... وهذه الرواية هي لأجاتا كريستي بالفعل وليس كما كتب بعضهم أن الرواية كتبها شخص مجهول أو أنها بقلم الكاتب الفرنسي موريس لوبلان ، مبتكر شخصية أرسين لوبين الذي يلقب باللص الظريف والذي له رواية بوليسية لها عنوان شبيه.

عموماً، هذه الرواية لا بأس بها وأقول هذا بسبب شعوري بالملل كثيرا حينما بدأ التحقيق كما أن أسباب الجريمة غير كافية وتفسيرها غير مقنع...في البداية كانت الرواية رائعة وتحمست له
Sep 10, 2010 Greyer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mary Ellis
I've probably read and reread every mystery Christie ever wrote. No other writer is so good at showing her readers all the clues they need to solve a mystery while making it darn near impossible for them to figure it out. She doesn't always carry this off perfectly--sometimes the murderer's motive is a bit far-fetched or the plot relies on one too many coincidences. But in Funerals are Fatal, I think she gets it just right.

The story starts like a million other mysteries. An elderly, wealthy man
Sep 13, 2014 Ishita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's 3.5 stars, first of all !

Christie was a genius ! How she created the circumstances and opportunities ! She must most definitely be congratulated on the invention of her character ! Hercule Pirot was a genius ! Almost always too ingenious ! Just like herself.

U keep guessing and guessing till the end but could never have guessed it to be so ! Ah, how she tingles ur senses and intrigues ur curiosity !
A Christie, specially a Pirot series book, is always entertaining ! She never fails to stand j
Brooklyn Tayla
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Jul 08, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this on the strength of a friend's review (thanks, Jenne!) and loved it! Classic English murder mystery with a whole slew of suspects, plenty of tension-building and misdirection, and then Poirot revealing all with everyone gathered in the drawing room. Right up to the end I could not figure this one out. The answer was a surprise, but not one of those literary surprises where you feel cheated - no, the clues are there, but Christie was a master at keeping the mystery in her mysteries.
Oct 07, 2012 Neena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a typical Christie that I really enjoyed. A slow start but very consuming once it picked the pace. I kind of missed Poiret's early entry but Christie did justice to the story by building suspense and the surprising end. I had no suspicion about the identity of the killer. I was surprised when killer's name was announced. This is a very nice read for all Christie’s fans.
Cheryl Gladfelter
I listened to this book through the HarperAudio Presents podcast. An excellent audiobook production, read by Hugh Fraser (who played Captain Hastings in the Poirot tv series). A great twisty mystery that was really elevated by the audiobook narration.
Jun Nguyễn
Dựng một bữa tiệc chiêu đãi hoành tráng rồi kết cái rụp hình như là đặc trưng của truyện Agatha thì phải :(
samar daraghmeh
Jan 19, 2017 samar daraghmeh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رائع لاغاثا كريستي...فاجئتني النهايه ...و صلابة و رباطة جأش مس جيلجريست ....لدائما ما اسمع عن المختلين في عالم الاجرام لكن ما اكد هذا ما قاله المحامي و لم لا؟ كل شيء جائز في عالم الاجرام..
Laura Verret
Old Mr. Richard Abernethie is dead. He died one day during his sleep. Of course, his doctor knew that he was in fragile condition and hadn’t got much time left to live. Still, it seems so sudden

The funeral is over, and all of the relatives have returned to the old Abernethie estate to hear Richard’s will read. It is a very fair will, splitting up the money properly and leaving almost everyone, it would seem, satisfied with their gain. Everything has been conducted with propriety; all that remai
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