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Agatha Christie
After the Funeral

For James
In memory of happy days at Abney

First Published

Collins, London, May 1953
John Bull, Mar.21-May.2 1953
Dodd Mead, New York, Mar. 1953 as "Funeral are Fatal"
Chicago Tribune, Jan.20-Mar.14 1953


(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

When Cora 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.


Hercule Poirot, Helen Abernethie, Maude Abernethie, Timothy Abernethie, Gregory Banks, Susan Abernethie Banks, George Crossfield, Miss Entwhistle, Mr. Entwhistle, Miss Gilchrist, Mr. Goby, Alexander Guthrie, Janet Lanscombe, Cora Abernethie Lansquenet, Inspector Morton, Michael Shane, Rosamund Abernethie Shane

Movie & TV

Murder at the Gallop, 1963 (UK)
director George Pollock
writer James P. Cavanagh
cast Margaret Rutherford(Miss Marple), Robert Morley(Hector Enderby), Flora Robson(Miss Milchrest), Charles Tingwell(Inspector Craddock), Stringer Davis(Mr. Stringer), Duncan Lamont(Hillman), Katya Douglas(Rosamund Shane), James Villiers(Michael Shane), Robert Urquhart(George Crossfield), Gordon Harris(Sergeant Bacon)
After the Funeral
Agahta Christie's POIROT X, 2006
director Maurice Phillips
writer Philomena McDonagh
cast David Suchet(Poirot), Robert Bathurst(Gilbert Entwhistle), Anna Calder-Marshall(Maude Abernethie), John Carson(Richard Abernethie), Michael Fassbender(George Abernethie), Geraldine Jmes(Helen Abernethie), Julian Ovenden(Michael Shane), William Russell(Lanscombe), Benjamin Whitrow(Timothy Abernethie), Monica Dolan(Miss Gilchrist), Fiona Glascott(Rosamund)


  1. Official Site: After the Funeral
  2. Wikipedia: After the Funeral
  3. IMDb: Murder at the Gallop (1963)
  4. IMDb: Poirot: After the Funeral (2006)
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