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After the Funeral (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2000

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Complete with a genealogical tree, a dubious will, and a family full of potential murderers. -- New York Times

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When Cora Lansquenet 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 Poirot to unravel the mystery.…

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425173909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425173909
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,529,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and created the detective Hercule Poirot in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). She achieved wide popularity with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) and produced a total of eighty novels and short-story collections over six decades.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Scott E Amundsen on February 1, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Agatha does it again! Without wishing to give anything away, she has the reader looking in the wrong direction from page one right up to the end. How many times have we Christie fans fooled ourselves into thinking we know "whodunnit," only to find out that, dammit, she's pulled the wool over our eyes again! This one is pure pleasure; the characters are more eccentric than usual and therefore quite funny at times, and the puzzle (and its solution) is as amazing as any she ever came up with.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's no surprise that Agatha Christie is one of the most widely sold authors in the world. Unlike many other detective novels, "After the Funeral" kept me guessing down to the end. Ms. Christie's choice of murderer and motive turned out to be quite clever. All of her characters are richly drawn and well rounded. I loved this book and can't wait to read another.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Boone VINE VOICE on October 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
After the Funeral is a Hercule Poirot novel that follows a somewhat different structure from most. First, as the title suggests, the story only begins after the funeral of a wealthy man. When the relatives gather at the house afterwards, his sister blurts out that he must have been murdered even though he was known to be terminally ill and no foul play was suspected. When that same sister is brutally murdered the very next day, however, there can be little doubt that something sinister is afoot and this is where Hercule Poirot is called upon. Still, we don't see as much of him as we usually do. The suspects are scattered about England and a number of the interrogations are conducted by other people and reported back to Poirot. In the end, of course, Poirot gathers all the interested parties together and reveals the solution.

Normally, I find that any Poirot novel suffers greatly when the Belgian is used sparingly. So I was pleasantly surprised in this instance that the other characters were sufficiently interesting to carry the load. The cast is pretty varied and I definitely found it interesting to see how they interacted with each other in the aftermath of these murders. The story generally moves along at a good pace though it slowed down a touch toward the end. The razor sharp humor that Poirot provides when portrayed at his best is largely absent here but the book doesn't suffer too badly.

This is nowhere near the best Hercule Poirot novel but it certainly is a solid effort. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to first time readers, as they would do be better served to start with one of the very best such as the
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By sweetmolly on October 30, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is classic Christie---the country house, the discreet servants, and Hercule Poirot gathers them all in the library to expose the culprit. As usual, Dame Agatha has her way with us, sending us off in the wrong direction, maddeningly obscure clues, and a thoroughly suspicious bunch of characters.
Roger Abernethie's heirs are gathered to hear the will when flighty sister Cora drops the bombshell, "He Was murdered, wasn't he?" The next day Cora is found axed to death in her little cottage. We have a raft of suspects and Ms. Christie is careful not to give any of them a satisfactory alibi.
"After the Funeral" is vintage Christie. She was at the height of her powers (1953). The characterizations were surprisingly deft (usually not her strong suit.) Uncle Timothy, the malingerer, was overdone, but George, the clever ne'er do well had some great malicious lines. She has a marvelous sketch of a private detective, Mr. Goby who was "--small and spare and shrunken. He had always been refreshingly nondescript in appearance and he was now so nondescript as practically not to be there at all. Mr. Goby was not looking at Mr. Poirot because Mr. Goby never looked at anybody----he emphasized his last point by nodding significantly at the sofa."
This slyly humorous well done mystery was a pleasure to read. Did I figure out ahead of time whodunit? Don't even ask.
-sweetmolly-Amazon Reviewer
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DRob VINE VOICE on June 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
Funerals are Fatal by Agatha Christie is my favorite Christie, even though it is one of her lesser-known works. However, it was my first Christie and as such, will always hold a special place in my heart for introducing me to the genius doyenne of mysteries.

The plot revolves around the death of the wealthy Richard Abernethie, a death that no one though was particularly suspicious until Richard's somewhat dotty sister, Cora blurts out the question at the funeral, "It was murder, wasn't it?"

This is a Poirot mystery and I remember when I read it the first time I was completely confident that I knew who the murdered was, only to find out at the end of the book that Christie had led me down the garden path by cleverly planting false clues, and I was completely wrong about who the murderer was. The best thing is, she had made those false clues so subtle, so unobvious, while at the same time planting other extremely obvious clothes toward yet another suspect. Here I had been patting myself on the back for not following the red herring and figuring out who the real killer, and instead I had fallen for a second, more subtle red herring.

Several years later I read the book again, and I'll be darned if I didn't fall for the exact same trap the second time I read it. That is how much of a genius Agatha Christie was in developing her plot. She could lay false leads upon false leads and make it so subtle that the reader is convinced that s/he's out thought the author.

So this is my favorite Christie book. Even if she did fool me twice with it!
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