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 title was previously published as Funerals Are Fatal.
©1953 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers
Agatha Christie's stories still hold up well over time, in spite of items (even plot-dependent items) that are out-of-date these days. This is a good mystery, performed well by Hugh Fraser, and very enjoyable. Hercule Poirot is a character whom I find a little over-bearing, but fortunately he doesn't show up until about half-way through.
As a rule, I don't re-read mysteries until enough time has passed to make me forget whodunnit! But I would definitely listen to this again.
I can't really compare this to other books.
Inconsistent. Towards the end, during "the big reveal" of the murderer, Frasier lost the Poirot voice and it was difficult to tell what character was speaking. He didn't hold the character consistently throughout.
Nothing moved me, just delightfully confounded me. The red herrings were marvelous and one in particular kept me guessing the entire time. I've listened and read so many Christie books that I can sometimes figure out the murderer, but not this time.
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