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After the Funeral (Hercule Poirot #29)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  12,584 ratings  ·  535 reviews
When Cora is murdered, the remark she made the previous day at her brother's funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance. She had been heard questioning if he was murdered. In desperation, the solicitor turns to Poirot to solve the mystery.
Hardcover, Facsimile of first edition, 192 pages
Published April 2nd 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published March 1953)
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Apr 30, 2015 Carol. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Wealthy Richard Abernethie, master of Enderby Hall, a vast Victorian house built in the Gothic style, has died in his sleep after a long illness. With no heir to the family fortune, descendants gather AFTER THE FUNERAL to hear Barrister Entwhistle read the will. The deceased was one of his oldest clients and a personal friend.

Distant is an appropriate descriptive of the Abernethie family members. Spouses were pronounced inferior in class, ambition, and material success, Richard's brothers died
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
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
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.
Kathy Worrell  ツ
2.5 Stars. I loved the name of the book. She always has cute titles to her mysteries.
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

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.
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
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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
Kasia S.
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
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.
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
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
Brooklyn Tayla
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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
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.
Lydia Atkins
I like Agatha Christie!
This is the first of her novels I've read and I found it hard to place at first as I was imagining everything in Pride and Prejudice era when suddenly they were talking about cars and telephones! Oops! I had to Google when Christie was writing and found my knowledge of literary genii was seriously lacking!!
But no matter, on with the novel. The plot line was intriguing but completely typical in a sort of comforting way. Christie's writing is engaging and stimulating, if a l
I don't have a whole lot to say about this book, except that:
1) It's Agatha Christie so that's automatic love (although NOT an automatic 5/5 rating)
2) I love Hercule Poirot
3) although I suspected whodunnit, I didn't know what motive there would be, and the signature Christie twist at the end was something I didn't see.

Of course, totally recommend this to anyone who loves Agatha Christie.

(Also, I have two paperback copies of this, and I'd be willing to mail one to a friend of mine here on
After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
Black Dog & Leventhal, 1953
303 pages
Mystery; Poirot
4/5 stars
British Book Challenge

Source: Library

Summary: After the funeral of Richard Abernethie, his sister Cora posits the theory that he had been murdered, causing a ripple of shock throughout the gathered family. The next day Cora is found, having definitely been murdered with a hatchet. Presumably the same person did it but who can solve the mystery? Well the famous Hercule Poirot can!

Thoughts: What a p
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
Kathleen Hagen
After the Funeral, by Agatha Christie, A. Narrated by Hugh Fraser, Produced by BBC-WW Audio Books America, Downloaded from

The master of Enderby Hall, Richard Abernethie, has passed away, leaving his massive fortune divided up between family members. The family is not close, and they are fairly uncomfortable dining together in Abernathy’s house after the funeral and waiting for the solicitor to read the will. Cora, who generally said exactly what she thought without consideration for
Jan 30, 2013 Will rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
I did not like this book. I was really looking forward to reading this book and was so disappointed! I heard great things about other Agatha Christie books and this one seemed like a really good one. Nothing. Ever. Happened. All that happens is repeated so many times by various detectives and investigators and the involved suspects that it get so redundant. I enjoyed the exposition but once the plot started to "form", It got really boring. I did like some of the characters though. The murderer w ...more
Agh, a veces Christie me vuelve loca. Describe de más, se emociona en contar y contar cosas que no son importantes, y al final del crimen, que debo admitir fue un twist interesante, ya estoy tan cansada de sus descripciones y de Poirot que ya no me interesa quién mató a quién.
No me ha pasado con todos, pero sí con la mayoría. Poirot me desquicia, creo que prefiero a la Srita. Marple, es mucho más cínica y agradable, en cambio Poirot siempre anda haciendo referencias a que si es belga, que si los
Oct 03, 2007 Akerumi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: detective minded ^_^
One word : "EXCELLENT"

My POV of this book....:

I've never read this kind of plot-twisted story before. Just brilliant!! From the very first time Agatha introduced the characters, and the way she described their attitude and behaviors, it seemed like she didn't wanna lose the readers' attention. She made great alibis for everyone involved, and kept it till the end. She also made everyone to be worth suspected. Even till the last two pages she still kept the "truth" of the story. She directed the r
Katherine Clark
I love Agatha Christie, and it is fun to read these books that I never go to before. This is another Hercule Poirot book, and I find as I get older that I like them better. I'm not sure why--I guess they don't seem as gimmicky to me as they once did. I appreciate how Christie treats her female characters, and I continue to find her depiction of England after the war so interesting. I have several more Christie's to read and will do so no doubt in the next few months.
Nour Sharif
Definitely something that hooks the reader up from page one. I did not, and would have not guessed the murderer. It was definitely a shock. And the intelligence put in this book was quite remarkable. I was astonished. It was honestly better than I expected
The writing style is extraordinary as well. I definitely want to read more of Agatha Christie's work.
According to what I have written earlier, the book seems perfect, doesn't it? And so, one might wonder why I rated it 4 stars and not
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