By Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot is termed directly to examine the homicide of a brother and sister, during this vintage Agatha Christie secret now to be had in an up-to-date variation with a foreword Sophie Hannah.
“He used to be murdered, wasn’t he?”
When Cora Lansquenet is savagely murdered, the intense comment she had made the day gone by at her brother Richard’s funeral all of sudden takes on a chilling importance. on the studying of Richard’s will, Cora was once essentially heard to claim, “It’s been hushed up very properly, hasn’t it. yet he used to be murdered, wasn’t he?”
Did Cora’s accusation a dismal fact that sealed her personal destiny? Or are the siblings’ deaths simply tragic coincidences?
Desperate to understand the reality, the Lansquenet’s solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to resolve the secret. For even after the funeral, demise isn’t entire but . . .
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