Funerals are Fatal (original UK title: After the Funeral) by Agatha Christie
Introduced by Danielle Brewster, a student at the Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford
Years ago, I had no interest in crime mysteries. But then, I heard my first audiobook on Hercule Poirot. This made me slightly obsessed with Christie’s amazing Poirot novels, as well as a number of other types of book. I started to read a lot of different Poirot books, some as audio plays, some as audio talking books, some in Braille and some as ebooks. Every now and then I go back and reread some Poirot, in order to focus my attention,on on a gripping book.
This particular novel, Funerals are Fatal, was once called after the Funeral. However, the name was changed in a republished edition. I listened to this particular book on an audio disk, when I was in the mood for an intense read. Automatically, I was sucked in. I almost felt like I was Poirot’s secret sidekick. It’s very suspicious by all the characters in turn.
The novel was about the Abernethie family, when a disliked member of the family, Richard was killed. The family, disliking him greatly, we’re not upset, but pleased about his large amount of money. His superstitious, strange aunt Cora was then found dead the next day. Poirot was called in by a fellow inspector to look in to the strange situation.
Automatically, the book hooked me in, each character was entirely unique, and I felt determined to find out exactly who did it. Each family member seemed equally guilty. Poirot listened to each family member and finally uncovered the dreadful truth. I don’t want to give the ending away, as that would ruin things.
I highly suggest that you pick up a Poirot book, any Poirot book, but if you can get hold of this one, you won’t regret it. It’s a fast paced, captivating novel that hooked my interest. I’m glad that my curiosity to try a famous Poirot book was he one thing that caused me to enjoy crime fiction.
If you take my advice and read this book, enjoy. It’s also available as an audio play, an a film was released in the ’60s which is loosely based on this book. Whatever format you use, pick it up and allow it to suck you in.
Ellie Wait and Danielle Brewster, both students at the Royal National College for the Blind, are guest hosting A BOOK A DAY IN HAY this week. Tomorrow, they will introduce a mediaeval book from their visit today to the Chained Library at Hereford Cathedral.
On Wednesday, Ellie and Danielle, will be visiting bookshops, booksellers and a bookbinder in Hay-on-Wye. On their tour they will visit Murder and Mayhem, a bookshop devoted to detective fiction, true crime and horror.