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After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
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May 15, 2011

really liked it
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Read in August, 2007

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 brother, fingers start to point and everyone is in shambles unable to produce a clear alibi. Nieces and nephews, the servants and even strangers who were at the wrong place at the wrong time seem to hide something and it's not too soon when the famous Poirot, disguised as potential buyer of the Abernethie mansion is called to sort out the mess.

"After the funeral" was a complex and delightful read because it wasn't as simple as most books, this tale had so many guilty suspects that the hard part was weeding out the only one person responsible for the death while omitting more than a few red herrings and characters of mixed morals. Poirot outdoes himself relying heavily on his use of conversation, talking about nothing and everything to catch a phrase out of context and secure his bait. I adored the wide array of characters, the feuding family, snobby and marred with flaws as they made for a colorful read with one of the best twisted endings I have ever read. The story itself was simple yet it spiraled into a huge event, one that I loved sitting and reading for a few days, and always trying to find more time to devote to it. Following the fun I had with this book I am going to read another Poirot mystery "Hallowe'en Party" in hopes of sharpening my detective skills, perhaps this time I can catch the killer on my own!

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Kasia I absolutely loved this one, a must re-read for me :) Hope you enjoy it!


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