After the Funeral
I also loved that Poirot was upstaged in solving this one and as usual I was blown away by both the who and the why.
Rock on Aggie.
A Poirot mystery set in the post World War II Era. A sad reminder that Poirot is now old & retired & that the writer has now slowly started moving away from the Poirot character… An era where Christie had started focusing more on Marple than Poirot.
Story: A wealthy man dies & his relatives gather after his funeral for the reading of his will, during which his sister states that he was murdere...more
After the Funeral is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in March 1953.
The book features the author's Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, but the Murder at the Gallop film adaptation instead featured her amateur sleuth, Miss Marple.
A wealthy man dies at home. His relatives gather after his funeral for the reading of his will, during which his sister states that he was murdered. The next day, ...more
Morton smiled. "But that doesn't often happen to you?"
"No. Though I will admit - yes, I am forced to admit - that it has happened to me."
"I must say I'm glad to hear it! To be always right must be sometimes monotonous."
"I do not find it so," Poirot assured him.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Hercule Poirot is called on to investigate the murder of a brother and sister in this classic from the Queen of Mystery.
When Cora Lansquenet is savag ...more
The family lawyer Mr. Entwistle thought it was peculiar.
A couple of days later the tactless relative was brutally murdered. Again Mr. Entwistle thought it was peculia ...more
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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 ...more
The denouement of the plot, was abetted by a concise story. The book is imaginative, daring, original (but not entirely), functional, and elicited an inquisitive mood.
This book is criminally(pun intended) underrated. I read that the culprit barely appeared in the book. Wrong. Read for yours ...more
So I, and a number of other people are now well into the third year of our Group Buddy Read of all of Agatha Christie's Poirot Novels and short stories, and whilst some of the novels fade in my memory, I can imagine this one will stay with me.
Poirot is asked by an old acquaintance and family lawyer to investigate the possible murder of his old friend and also the murder of his old friends sister just days after the funeral. Is there even a connection especially hi ...more
It was a slight shame that this actually turned out to be a Poirot-lite mystery, though the family drama aspect of following the array of potential suspects actually make for a great whodunit with numerous red herrings.
Following the funeral of Richard Abernethie his sister Cora declares that she thinks his death wasn't thr ...more
Now, don't get me wrong, Christie's mysteries are wonderful reads. So much fun! I especially love Hercule Poirot. It's a shame it takes such a long time for him to show up in After the Funeral. Much of the groundwork is laid out by a lawyer ...more
It stumped me even with the clues. Perhaps it was because all of the family were so unlikeable that the murderer is such a surprise.
After the Funeral is another great murder-mystery story by her. It is a very interesting story with a strong, intelligent, and original plot. I was quite taken in for a ride with so many turns that I was a little disoriented as to the crime and the criminal. I assure you, the crime was baffling too because after all, (view spoiler)[ one turned out to be a hoax! (hide sp ...more
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 ...more
Then, the next day, Cora is bludgeoned to death...
This is an exquisitely structured novel with plenty of characterisation. As with a ...more
I’m a huge fan and she’s been my favourite author. I have read all of her works (including the plays and the romance series). She is probably the only author that I don’t mind re-reading.
This is the third time that I read this book, but the first time in English.
In my opinion this is not one of her greatest work.
Don’t get me wrong. It still has all the elements that made her the queen of mystery.
Once a ...more
Our dear Agatha does it again, offering us a really vile group of people, all perfectly possible murderers, and yet baffling you once more. I did remember who it was but this allowed me to focus on the rest instead and lead me to wonder if sometimes the crime is only the carrot she dangles to attract her readers, the ‘meat’ of ...more
I can always turn to Christie when I need a comfortable place to situate myself in and this was no disappointment. I had my own choices for the ending but hers worked quite as well. This may, sadly, be the last of hers I had not yet read but ...more
For a challenge, I needed a book published in 1953. Poirot was semi-retired then (I think Agatha was about fed up with him after 30 previous books), so his part is small until he gathers everyone together at the end with h ...more
Should murder make sense? Mr Entwhistle wondered. Academically the answer was yes. But many pointless crimes were on record. It depended, Mr Entwhistle reflected, on the mentality of the murderer.
This was my first time reading After the Funeral, but, of course, it is the story that is loosely used as the story in Murder at the Gallop, that classic Marple film starring the incomparable Margaret Rutherford.
This is all wrong, of course. After the Funeral is a Poirot mystery, not a Marple.
Open an Agatha Christie book and you step into a different time and a different world. Here the time is post World War II but the setting feels Victorian. There is the mansion, the old and loyal butler, and of course there is the family.
The story opens with the family of the late Richard Abernethie returning to his mansion following the funeral. Abernethie's sister, Cora Lansquenet, shocks everyone when she sudde ...more
There is the premise here that a man who for all appearances has died a natural death, may have been poisoned. Poirot is consulted. Without giving too much away, it is easy to see the pre ...more
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 ...more
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Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote 66 crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in t ...more