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Friday, April 15, 2022

#ReadThis @AgathaChristie @HarperCollins @Morrow_PB #AfterTheFuneral by #AgathaChristie #Twenty-Ninth #29 #HerculePoirot #Mystery #ReadChristie2022

Tiens!  Un autre Poirot by Agatha!  The Abernethie Family of seven children has lost its patriarch: however, what was the cause of his death?  This is where the mystery starts, and After the Funeral is a perfect Agatha Christie book to read as you spend the weekend with your family celebrating because family dynamics are front and center here!  Was he murdered?  Ca se peut!  Did he die naturally?  Ca se peut!  And why are others being targeted?  Read This!

Quite helpful is the family tree of Cornelius Abernethie and Coralie Bassington, who have passed and started the family.  This is found at the front of the book and we suggest you flag it like Peachy as you will be referring to it unless you have a photographic memory.

We surmise we have quite a culinary following and it is fun to delve into culinary history in these works by Agatha Christie: you'll meet on the pages Charlotte Russe: cake and custard with whipped cream and a cherry on top. We challenge all restaurants to reinvent this now!

Hercule Poirot enters the scene on page 80.  De rigeur he is employing the excellent use of his little gray cells and this is less about the mechanics of death and more about the psychology of the people that surround the death.  We absolutely love that Poirot becomes an actor here and his style keeps getting better and better.  Will anyone be able to tell it's him?  Like peeling an onion, After the Funeral is a black web woven like only Agatha can do it and she has surprised us for the 29th'll never guess.

Everyone has something to hide.

After the Funeral is Recommended by Whom You Know!

Previously on Whom You Know, we have raved about Agatha:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Murder on the Links

Poirot Investigates

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Big Four

The Mystery of the Blue Train

Peril at End House

Lord Edgware Dies

Murder on the Orient Express

Three Act Tragedy

and we took a break from only him and did him with others in Midwinter Murder

and returned to only him with Death in the Clouds

The ABC Murders

Murder in Mesopotamia

Cards on the Table

Murder in the Mews

Dumb Witness

Death on the Nile

Appointment with Death

Hercule Poirot's Christmas

Sad Cypress

One Two Buckle My Shoe

Evil Under the Sun

Five Little Pigs

The Hollow

The Labors of Hercules

Taken at the Flood

The Under Dog and Other Stories

Mrs. McGinty's Dead

About the Author
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only in the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She is the author of eighty crime novels and short-story collections, around thirty plays, two memoirs, and six novels written under the name Mary Westmacott.

She first tried her hand at detective fiction while working in a hospital dispensary during World War I, creating the now-legendary Hercule Prior with her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. In 1930, Miss Jane Marple made her first full-length novel appearance in The Murder at the Vicarage, quickly becoming another beloved and enduring character to rival Poirot's popularity. Additional series characters include the husband-and wife crime-fighting team of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, private investigator Parker Pyne, and Scotland Yard detectives Superintendent Battle and Inspector Japp.

Many of Christie's novels and short stories were adapted into plays, films, and television series. The Mousetrap opened in 1952 and is the longest running play in history. Academy Award-nominated actor and director Kenneth Branagh helmed the acclaimed major motion picture Murder on the Orient Express in 2017 and its sequel, Death on the Nile, starring in both films as the Belgian detective. On the small screen Poirot has been most memorably portrayed by David Suchet, and Miss Marple by Joan Hickson and subsequently Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie.

Christie was first married to Archibald Christie and then to archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan, whom she accompanied on expeditions to countries that would also serve as the settings for many of her novels. In 1971 she achieved one of Britain's highest honors when she was made a Dame of the British Empire. She died in 1976 at the age of eighty-five. The one-hundred-year anniversary of Agatha Christie stories and the debut of Hercule Poirot was celebrated around the world in 2020. Whom You Know will never stop celebrating it!

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