By Agatha Christie
While Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the intense comment she made yesterday at her brother Richard's funeral without notice takes on a chilling importance. on the studying of Richard's will, Cora used to be basically heard to claim: 'It's been hushed up very well, hasn't itBut he was once murdered, wasn't he?' In desperation, the relatives solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to resolve the secret.
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Her gaze travelled thoughtfully round the carriage. , "Michael and I are absolutely on our beam ends. Mick's had a really good part offered to him in the Sandborne show if he can afford to wait for it. Now we'll be in clover. We'll be able to back our own show if we want to. " Nobody listened to Rosamund's ecstatic disquisition. Their attention had shifted to their own immediate future. "Touch and go," thought George to himself. "Now I can put that money back and nobody will ever know... " Gregory closed his eyes as he lay back against the seat.
Quite ridiculous! Much too ridiculous to mention to Inspector Morton. Of course, after he had seen Miss Gilchrist... Supposing that Miss Gilchrist, although it was unlikely, could throw any light on what Richard had said to Cora. "I thought from what he said -" What had Richard said? "I must see Miss Gilchrist at once," said Mr Entwhistle to himself. III Miss Gilchrist was a spare faded-looking woman with short, iron-grey hair. She had one of those indeterminate faces that women around fifty so often acquire.
It's not a very easy case to understand, Mr Entwhistle. Say someone watched the Gilchrist woman come out of the house at about two o'clock and go along to the village and the bus stop. This someone then deliberately takes the hatchet that was lying by the woodshed, smashes the kitchen window with it, gets into the house, goes upstairs, attacks Mrs Lansquenet with the hatchet - and attacks her savagely. " Mr Entwhistle flinched - "Oh, yes, quite a brutal crime. " "Yes. It seems she returned late from the North the night before, exhausted and very excited.