149. After the Funeral (Agatha Christie)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Next up in the long list of Agatha Christie novels I'm trying to get through:  After the Funeral.  Another Hercule Poirot mystery, I had this one figured out almost from the beginning.  Truth be told, I didn't know why or how the murderer did it but I guessed correctly and picked the right person.  If I'm being completely honest, I'd make a terrible Detective.  I just don't have the chops when it comes to solving crime.  Shame really; my father is brilliant at it.  Growing up, he always knew who dunnit everytime we watched Columbo, Murder She Wrote, or any of the other mysteries we enjoyed watching together.  Wait, where was I?  Oh yeah, After the Funeral.

After the funeral of Richard Abernathie, his extended family gathers round for the reading of the will.  When his flighty, always saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, sister blurts out that he was murdered, everyone is stunned but, well, that's just Cora being Cora.  Not as stunned though as they are the following day when she's found bludgeoned to death.  With a family full of probable suspects, each with their own motives for wanting both victims dead, famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot has a real puzzler on his hands.

Not only am I working my way through Christie's novels, I'm also watching each and every episode of David Suchet's turn as the great detective.  A quick peek on imdb.com and I learned that Michael Fassbender was in the After the Funeral episode.  Am I excited and looking forward to seeing it?  Um, yeah!  Part of the fun of watching these, especially the earlier episodes, is spotting various actors in some of the earliest on-screen roles.  Fave moment so far?  A very young Sean Pertwee in The King of Clubs (1989).  Fifteen years later, he would also appear in one of my favourite Marple mysteries, The Moving Finger (2006).
Anyways, I really enjoyed After the Funeral and would definately recommend it!


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