AFTER THE FUNERAL
Hercule Poirot unravels a deadly family mystery.
When Cora Lanquenet 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.
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse; later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920. During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post-war crime novels.
To honor her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honors. The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club. In the 1971 New Year Honors she was promoted Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.