By Agatha Christie
While Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extreme comment she made the day gone by at her brother Richard's funeral unexpectedly takes on a chilling value. on the studying of Richard's will, Cora used to be truly heard to assert: 'It's been hushed up very properly, hasn't itBut he used to be murdered, wasn't he?' In desperation, the family members solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to resolve the secret.
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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. " "He may just have meant to threatne her with it," Mr Entwhistle suggested. "If she showed fight then -" "According to the medical evidence there is no sign that she did. " Mr Entwhistle shifted uneasily in his chair.
She had no premonition, Mr Entwhistle, if that is what you mean. I'm sure of that. She was really, you know, in remarkably good spirits - apart from tiredness and the - the sad occasion. She asked me how I'd like to go to Capri. To Capri! ' Just like that. " Mr Entwhistle nodded. "Poor dear. " Mr Entwhistle prompted, oblivious of Miss Gilchrist's disappointments. "The next morning Mrs Lansquenet wasn't at all well. Really, she looked dreadful. She'd hardly slept at all, she told me. Nightmares.
But he did not want it talked about and I do not believe that anybody expected the end to come as soon as it did. " "'Suddenly, at his residence,' that's what it said in the paper," said Cora, nodding her head. " "It was a shock to all of us," said Maude Abernethie. "It upset poor Timothy dreadfully. So sudden, he kept saying. " said Cora. Everybody stared at her and she seemed a little flustered. "I think you're all quite right," she said hurriedly. "Quite right. I mean - it can't do any good - making it public.
After the Funeral: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Agatha Christie Collection) by Agatha Christie