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After the Funeral
Hercule Poirot Mystery
Agatha Christie

8/5/2014/ ISBN 9780062357311
Mystery / Traditional / British / Reprint

Reviewed by Nicole Merritt


I read this Agatha Christie with earnest. This is a classy Christie. I liked that it began after the funeral of the victim. It is a departure from most of her stories, which repetitiously take place in a gathering of suspects and work toward a murder mystery. This one begins with a gathering, but those attending are not suspects until... the sister speaks out of turn by saying, “But he was murdered, wasn’t he?” Everyone is surprised by her statement, but because she has a history of being mentally unstable no one gives it any thought until...she is found murdered the next day in a cottage far away. And so begins the beginning. Enter Poirot but not in the usual way. He is not an eager detective but a slow thinker in this mystery. The suspects are scattered about and must be interviewed through other helpful hosts. He must gather his information from a distance.

I found myself trying each individual based on their alibis, memorizing clues and filtering out the red herrings. I was sure I could figure this one out easily. It seemed such a simple task. No. Wrong. This could be my favorite Poirot mystery.

Christie’s characters are delicious, and her fans will love this old reissue just as much as they did when they read it the first time; new readers will quickly be hooked on the intrigue. This is one to keep on the book shelf.

Reviews of other titles by this author

The Affair of the Pink Pearl & Finessing the King [audio]
Philomel Cottage and other Stories [audio]
Black Coffee (w/Charles Osborne)
Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly
Murder on the Orient Express 1 (Murder in the Calais Coach)
Murder on the Orient Express 2 (Movie Tie-In) [book]
Murder on the Orient Express 3 (Movie Tie-In) [audio]

And Then There Were None (Ten Little Indians)
While the Light Lasts
After the Funeral
The Monogram Murders (w/Sophie Hannah)
Agatha Christie; An Autobiography
Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making



Reviewed 2014