By Agatha Christie
While Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extreme comment she made the day prior to this at her brother Richard's funeral abruptly takes on a chilling importance. on the examining of Richard's will, Cora used to be essentially heard to claim: 'It's been hushed up very well, hasn't itBut he was once murdered, wasn't he?' In desperation, the family members solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to resolve the secret.
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Mr Entwhistle shook his head. "I know nothing about her will. " "Then what exactly did you mean just now? " "Yes. Yes, I did. " "Were you referring to the legacy you mentioned? The one that her brother left her? " "No, not in the sense you mean. She had no power to dispose of the capital. Now that she is dead, it will be divided amongst the five other beneficiaries of Richard Abernethie's will. That is what I meant. " The Inspector looked disappointed. "Oh, I thought we were on to something. Well, there certainly seems no motive there for anyone to come and swipe her with a hatchet.
Just as well, perhaps, poor Richard didn't last his full time. " To Mr Entwhistle, who was seventy-two, Richard Abernethie's death at sixty-eight was definitively that of a man dead before his time. Mr Entwhistle had retired from active business two years ago, but as executor of Richard Abernethie's will and in respect for one of his oldest clients who was also a personal friend, he had made the journey to the North. Reflecting in his own mind on the provisions of the will, he mentally appraised the family.
The latter had indicated plainly that a long life could not be expected. If Mr Abernethie took reasonable care of himself he might live two or even three years. Perhaps longer - but that was unlikely. In any case the doctor had anticipated no collapse in the near future. Well, the doctor had been wrong - but doctors, as they were the first to admit themselves, could never be sure about the individual reaction of a patient to disease. Cases given up, unexpectedly recovered. Patients on the way to recovery, relapsed and died.
After the Funeral: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Agatha Christie Collection) by Agatha Christie