By Agatha Christie
Whilst Richard Abernethie, the grasp of Enderby corridor, dies his heirs gather on the large Victorian mansion to listen to the studying of the need. it really is then that Cora, Abernethie's sister, comes out with an alarming suggestion: "But he used to be murdered, wasn't he?" day after today Cora is located brutally bludgeoned to demise in her domestic.
None except Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot is summoned to Enderby in pursuit of the assassin. Suspects abound together with a wayward nephew unfortunate with ladies and horses, a favourite and doubtless innocent sister-in-law, feuding nieces, a nosey housekeeper, and a disingenuous paintings collector.
Poirot needs to conjure all of his deductive powers with a view to unmask the killer and his ultimate end is an excellent and unforeseen as ever. After the Funeral is vintage Christie at her top.
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In a review of Norman Leslie, a novel by Theodore S. Fay, one of the Mirror’s editors, Poe denounced a system of promotion enabling Fay to celebrate his own anonymous publication in the pages of his own journal: “Well! – here we have it! This is the book – the book par excellence – the book bepuffed, beplastered, and beMirrored: the book ‘attributed to’ Mr. Blank, and ‘said to be from the pen’ of Mr. Asterisk . . Norman Leslie, gentle reader . . is, after all, written by nobody in the world but Theodore S.
When these were leaked to the British public by the Tory press, the Blessington circle was mortified, and Willis, again disgraced, found himself flayed in journals on both sides of the Atlantic. Far from damaging Willis’s professional career, however, his disgrace in London, which highlighted not only his raciness and daring but his clumsiness among his social betters, gave him more than ever a kind of salacious cach´e. His letters to the Mirror were reprinted in over 500 American newspapers and periodicals.
For an informative discussion of “Autography” within the context of Poe’s humorous strategies, see Donald Barlow Stauffer, The Merry Mood: Poe’s Uses of Humor (Baltimore: Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore, 1981), pp. 15–17. In addition to E&R, which is not complete, see Literary Criticism of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Robert L. Hough (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1965), and Selections from the Critical Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. F. C. Prescott (1909; reprinted, Staten Island: Gordian Press, 1981).
After the Funeral (Hercule Poirot, Book 29) by Agatha Christie