Today, I'm discussing another Hercule Poirot case: After the Funeral.
After the Funeral (Funerals are Fatal) Hercule Poirot #29 by Agatha Christie
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. Just hours earlier, Cora was heard saying: "It's been hushed up very nicely... He was murdered, wasn't he?"
Now, nothing makes sense, and the family's solicitor has no choice but to turn to Hercule Poirot for help.
This Hercule Poirot mystery is one of the most difficult to review.
On one hand, the storyline is extremely captivating. The ending also makes this one of the most memorable novels that Christie has ever written. However, the slow pace of the narrative accompanied by the underdeveloped cast of characters takes away a lot from this novel.
Despite having the potential to be one of the author's best, After the Funeral lacks Christie's traditional sense of "whodunnit." Because the story focuses more on whether or not a crime was committed and less on who actually committed the crime, readers don't really get the chance to get to know the characters. This not only takes away from the eerie and dangerous aspect of the plot, it also makes it difficult for audience members to draw their own conclusions.
In spite of these contradicting elements, After the Funeral is a wonderful mystery. While it's not Christie's best, it should definitely be added to your "want to read" list.
Have you read this Hercule Poirot mystery?