Evil is not something superhuman, it s something less than human Agatha Christie For in the long run, either through a lie, or through truth, people were bound to give themselves away 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 focusingon 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 murdered The next day, she herself is found murdered Poirot is called in to solve the mystery.Without revealing the plot too much, I will get into what works what doesn t work in terms of the storyline What Works After the Funeral has the ideal setting for a perfect murder mystery a dead rich man, plenty of greedy relatives reading of a dead man s will Christie is brilliant at murder mysteries involving multiple scheming backstabbing suspects And Then There Were None Murder On The Orient Expresscome to mind , where every member is a suspect and enough clues are left around to suspect every one of the murder Christie keeps confusing the readers with clues while blinding them to the obvious facts right in front of them Indeed, hidden amongst the plot are many of Christie s usual tricks hints which guide sometimes misguide you. What Doesn t Work There are a lot of characters at the start which you have to get your head around The chapters are split into parts each dedicated to a different character with alibis of each character deconstructed The many characters introduced all at once their stories, all gets confusing it slightly distracts you from the main mystery Although this is a Poirot novel, for about the first two thirds of the novel the investigation is conducted by Entwhistle, the family solicitor Poirot is brought in at the end almost as an afterthought for the final reveal as discussed above Poirot s solution to the murder mystery is quite logical and satisfying, though it does have a few loopholes, if you think about it.Overall, though not among Christie s best works, it is still a very good enjoyable mystery with a unique twist in the end 3.5 5 from my blog, where it is much easier to give links, pictures and half stars at 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 horroryes, 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 of my mental affairs that I m almost pleased by solving the murderer of a book I ve read twice before Sigh if it doesn t pertain to biology, it likely doesn t stick in my brain So I find I m unable to advise if it was a fair or solvable mystery, for those who look for that sort of thing I rather think it wasn t But at any rate, murderer identified, I was able to settle down and concentrate on Christie s fine storytelling That Dame sure can tell a tale, because it remained no less suspenseful.I m working on a theory that Christie was a master mystery writer Oh, I know the British Empire already figured that out in 1971 But really, the woman could write I am so amazed, sometimes, how she created so much character in a handful of words I know I ve said this before, but it s something that bears examining Why is it that Rothfuss and Sanderson get heaps of accolades when they describe every single jewel someone is wearing, taking 700 pages to tell their story about a journey of a thousand steps I think and now that I spell this out, I think there s something really quite valid to my instinct here that I prefer the character of a story, the sense of it I don t need the high def, cinematic version I want the emotion of it, the presence of it Max Gladstone recently wrote a fascinating post about action scenes Fighting Words , and at the very bottom, in the comments section, Kameron Hurley comments Yup, this is how I think about it it s not my job to give the literal then this, then that, then this, but to infer enough of the scene through the emotion I convey for the reader to fill in the gaps This.If I may move from the discussion of writing action to the concept of writing, period, Christie doesn t exhaustively describe how each person walks, the sound of their voice, their dress, their mannerisms she picks out the part that identifies them most, includes that description in an action, and lets the reader draw the conclusion For me, to mix my metaphors again, it s the difference between 17th century Dutch paintings and cubism, particularly Braque, one of my favorite painters although not this one versusI think that s why Christie works for me There s a combination of specificity and ambiguity that gives an impression, with out the need to delineate every shadow She allows my own interpretation, and yet every single time, I end up exactly where she wants me More or less.In After the Funeral, everyone gathers at the estate for the funeral of Richard Abernethie, and imagine the surprise among the clan when dotty, arty Aunt Cora says, But he was murdered, wasn t he Elderly solicitor Entwistle remains bothered, her remark nagging at him, and imagine his surprise when he receives a phone call the next day from the police I won t spoil any , but Christie does trot in her favorites the ancient family butler, the motherly wife, the gambler, the hypochondriac, the actress, the scatty matron, the stockbroker of questionable values And, of course, the Monsieur himself Hercule Poirot at your service Poirot bowed.There were no gasps of astonishment or of apprehension And such a snicker we all had at Poirot s expense, did we not And with virtually no set up, we laughed Now try this brief character appearance on for size Mr Entwistle passed a very restless night He felt so tired and so unwell in the morning that he did not get up His sister who kept house for him brought up his breakfast on a tray and explained to him severely how wrong he had been to go gadding off to the North of England at his age and in his frail state of health Mr Entwistle contented himself with saying that Richard Abernethie had been a very old friend Funerals said his sister with deep disapproval Funerals are absolutely fatal for a man your age In four very brief paragraphs, we have the entire sense of Mr Entwistle s sister, do we not And their decades of interaction And had another little snicker at his sister s comment Evensurprising there were threeparagraphs to follow, all on a chapter heading page Eat your heart out, Way of Kings This book I recommend it, for fans of both Christie and Poirot It feels a little routine for her at this point, but it is a well polished routine, with a nice twist Even , I recommend Dame Christie Period. I had fears for this lesser known and ultimately excellent book by Agatha Christie This French translation was done by Yves Massip, and he did a perfect job of it The murders in this book were very relevant.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 yourselves and find out There was some humor in the novel, which was a bonus. Agatha Christie s 31 Hercule Poirot mystery is the work of a writer that at this point knows her craft so well that she can do it almost in her sleep And this story has a lot of sleep in it, and dreams And a couple of funerals I preferred the original title, After the Funeral, because it speaks to theserious literary tone of this book compared to thecomic tone she often seems to be going for, that would match Funerals are Fatal, which isn t exactly accurate, as you are led to believe that a murder happens at a funeral, which it does not The tone herein this book is not actually comic but serious, with a touch of madness.In almost all Christie books there are bystanders who suppose that the crime must have been done by a madman, and it almost never is true Poirot is a psychological detective He operates by getting to know the possible murderers and thinking using his little grey cells and proceeding, not through the available evidence, that s police work, only technical but through ratiocination, through step by step logic as it applies to the study of human nature So both Poirot and I think Christie also don t feel that madness is a central rationale for murder Or interesting, really Madmen are random, and thus boringly illogical, not worth the trouble to Christie and Poirot Oh, we do have our daffy characters here, one possibly quite mad, Timothy, and one pretending to be mad, Greg, but finally those types are always comic relief, distractions Which is not say madness is irrelevant to this tale, butyou won t get me to tell, I won t But back to the point Poirot operates through logic, and talking to people, through what he calls the dangers of conversation, As he says, if you can induce a person to talk to you for long enough, on any subject whatever, sooner or later they will give themselves away Name redacted did One of the features of this tale that finally makes Christie impressive in this particular book and not just ploddingly proficient is that Christie increasingly reveals her love hate relationship with her little round Belgian, whom she likes to make fun of for his arrogance No one in this tale, he is disappointed to discover, even has heard of him She wickedly as they all refer to him as Mr Pontarlier His name is his brand, his cache, and they get it wrong Sacre bleu And she makes fun of his way of speaking Poirot The time has come to tell you all Inspector Morton You sound like a young lady in a Victorian melodrama And he does, in this tale of all things Victorian And at this point, dozens of books done, Christie feels forced to write him in this way Augh But she both does what she has to do, she makes Poirot come alive, and then she simultaneously satirizes him Can he actually be to the masses both adorable and annoying Looks like it.And then Morton can t resist saying what we as readers are thinking, something Christie perhaps might admit herself about her now close to fiftieth book, which she really does want to finish Yes, yes, tell me all And for the Lord s sake hurry up and do it Which he does, of course, finally But here again she is making fun of Poirot for his necessarily meticulous and sometimes admittedly boring, and long method, which she is compelled to recreate, book after book, so tongue in cheek makes fun of herself for being trapped to write him in this way But then the resolution, the ingenuity of which makes you realize that it is all necessary, and over such a Victorian word worth it So in the end, all is forgiven, we love Poirot after all, and so does Agatha Which is why she is Dame Christie, and not Detective Nobody Spoilers in here, but not THE spoiler, I wouldn t do that The facts of the case Richard Abernethie dies After the funeral Cora Lasquenet says she thinks it was murder, and for which she is herself murdered After which Miss Gilchrist, Cora s companion, who may know the truth about Cora, is taken ill eating a piece of wedding cake laced with arsenic And after that Mrs Abernethie, who may know the truth about Cora, is conked on the head, concussed, hospitalized Will she recover, to reveal the truth Oh, have it either way, because we have M Poirot But seriously, what do we get for speaking the truth at odd moments Or are they lies What do we really know about Cora Or about anyone You think as you read that details are just details, but Christie will make you pay attention, again and again, because some mundane details figure in to make this a sort of dazzling resolution, among them The visit of an art critic, a smell of oil paint, a picture postcard of Polflexan harbor and finally a bouquet of wax flowers standing on that malachite table And a telegram with these four words Definitely a Vermeer, Guthrie And the imperfect reflection of people in mirrors Poirot To see ourselves as others see us And Victorian stolidity and aesthetics and values and ladylike manners being replaced by something rather modern And a consideration of the nature of madness.And, just randomly, I like this line, from Timothy I ve a soul above corn plasters, Entwhistle I didn t know what this meant, no, but it made me smile But one would hope we all would have souls above corn plasters, oui Reading along in this book, do you have the temerity to be bored You must have patience, mon ami A bit of advice about method, to which both the Inspector and Poirot ascribe You don t want to fluster your bird too soon But when you do fluster it, you want to fluster it well And Poirot does, finally He patiently builds his case, and then flusters the bird well in a final explosion of flustering I had never heard of Funerals are Fatal, and thought for 200 or so of the 224 pages that this was just another 3 starred book, oh, come on, get it over with, but the ending gathering together all the relevant motifs brought it to 4 stars What did I know What do I ever know It s maybe even better than that, really, compared to any other mysteries being written, but alas, I am getting a little tired of Christie in spite of myself 30 books Sacre bleu Only 9 to go Funerals Are Fatal After the Funeral Hercule Poirot 31 , Agatha ChristieAfter the Funeral is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in March 1953 under the title of Funerals are Fatal and in UK by the Collins Crime Club on 18 May of the same year under Christie s original title A 1963 UK paperback issued by Fontana Books changed the title to Murder at the Gallop to tie in with the film version 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, she herself is found murdered Poirot is called in to solve the mystery 2001 1379 317 31 1384 1387 9789647100632 20 1387 317 31 9789647100632 1390 Moartea este definitiv , nu exist nici o via dup moarte Nici un mort nu se ntoarce napoi pe p m nt Este un vechi adev r c orice om are ceva de ascuns Asta este valabil pentru noi to i. Hercule Poirot Is Called On To Investigate The Murder Of A Brother And Sister In This Classic From The Queen Of MysteryWhen Cora Lansquenet Is Savagely Murdered, The Odd Remark She Made The Day Before At Her Brother S Funeral Becomes Chillingly Important It S Been Hushed Up Very Nicely, Hasn T It But He Was Murdered, Wasn T He Desperate To Learn About Both Deaths, The Family Solicitor Turns To Detective Extraordinaire Hercule Poirot To Unravel The Mystery I used to make fun of Scooby Doo and how the gang would unmask the villain at the end, specifically how the villain would inevitably and hurriedly admit to the crime Then I started reading Agatha Christie s books and I realized where they picked up the habit.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 before Poirot arrives on the scene to tie it all up neatly.The body of this book is quite good The murderer is nicely disguised The red herrings are well stocked But then comes the end It s a satisfactory end as far as solving a crime goes, however, here again the murderer blurts out the truth Certainly Poirot has the person cornered and it would just be a matter of a trial to have the person convicted, but then that wouldn t be as dramatic, would it No It would berealistic though, and that s the problem with such endings They somewhat tarnish an otherwise fairly believable story But that is a minor point as far as my enjoyment of the entire book goes Yes, I have spent a good portion of a rather short review going on about it, but honestly, everything else about After the Funeral is a good read through and through Ah Poirot, how I enjoy you with your funny egg shaped head, your sleek moustaches and your willingness to embrace the rampant racism present in the average Englishman all in the pursuit of a tricksy murderer This lovely hardcover facsimile edition has been sitting on my shelf for a while waiting to be read and it s really a very enjoyable Poirot whodunnit.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 and slightly stereotypical family members Underlying it is a will, a reasonable amount of money and a statement that murder may have been committed For in this one we re not even sure if there has been.All very typical Christie and Poirot Except this book seemsvested in the era than some of the others Post war Britain, rationing, the fall of an empire, taxation issues and a changing cultural background plant the novel historically and it s richer for it I found it took a few chapters to really get into but then it sucks you in Poirot doesn t show up for a while and even when he does he s often in the background, quietly setting people off and observing the outcome As such we don t get as many of those wonderful character moments he s known for Still, this one had me guessing and the final resolution was surprising and unexpected, even though a fairly big clue is given to us earlier for those really paying attention you ll kick yourself when it s revealed to date this makes it Agatha 12 Andy 1.I really enjoyed this one.
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- 256 pages
- After the Funeral
- Agatha Christie
- 07 August 2019 Agatha Christie