After the Funeral

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When the head of the Abernethie family dies it’s sudden but no surprise. “But he was murdered, wasn’t he?” says his sister, before being brutally murdered herself. In desperation, the family solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel what happened next ...

“– unhappy families: lots of scattered siblings, lots of Victorian money (made from corn plasters). Be sure you are investigating the right murder, and watch for mirrors (always interesting in Christie).”

Robert Bernard, A Talent to Deceive

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About this story

First released

January 1953 (serialised in the Chicago Tribune, US)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery, 
  • Detective

Formats

  • Radio Play, 
  • Novel, 
  • TV, 
  • Television Film

Recurring characters

  • Poirot, 
  • Mr. Goby

Murder methods

Setting

  • House

“But he was murdered, wasn’t he?” An unusual comment from a guest at a funeral and it’s certainly enough to pique Poirot’s interest. Especially when the woman who’d uttered it is found brutally murdered the next morning.

Classic Agatha Christie themes throughout this story which was first published in the US, titled Funerals are Fatal. A healthy inheritance casts suspicion on the family, but as ever, nothing is quite as it seems.

It was first adapted for film in 1963 and starred Margaret Rutherford. It was titled Murder at the Gallop and replaced the character of ...

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“But he was murdered, wasn’t he?” An unusual comment from a guest at a funeral and it’s certainly enough to pique Poirot’s interest. Especially when the woman who’d uttered it is found brutally murdered the next morning.

Classic Agatha Christie themes throughout this story which was first published in the US, titled Funerals are Fatal. A healthy inheritance casts suspicion on the family, but as ever, nothing is quite as it seems.

It was first adapted for film in 1963 and starred Margaret Rutherford. It was titled Murder at the Gallop and replaced the character of Poirot with Miss Marple, changes which Agatha Christie was less than keen on. More faithful adaptations were made long after Christie was around to see them. In 2005 the story was adapted for BBC Radio 4 with a full cast; John Moffatt was Poirot. And in 2006, the story became an episode in the long-running series Agatha Christie’s Poirot, with David Suchet in the lead role. This episode also featured the acting talents of Lucy Punch (as Susan) and Michael Fassbender (as George).



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