After The Funeral by Agatha Christie
In this post-war novel, a family gather for a rich man’s funeral. His sister voices the opinion that he was murdered and then she herself meets a violent end. Hercule Poirot is summoned to put his resourcefulness to the case. He must sort through baffling family members, people with controlling artistic mania, people with selfishly acquired means, people who resent being resented and finally the febrile truth is exposed by the dissonantly serene Poirot.
This was okay, a tale of the old world struggling to find a modern function. This is in the 2nd tier of Christie novels above such works as ‘The ABC Murders’, ‘And Then There Were None’, ‘The Body In The Library’, ‘A Caribbean Mystery’, ‘Death In The Clouds’, ‘Dumb Witness’, ‘Elephants Can Remember’, ‘Evil Under The Sun’, ‘4:50 From Paddington’, ‘Halloween Party’, ‘The Hound of Death’, ‘The Man In The Brown Suit’, ‘The Mirror Crack’d from Side To Side’, ‘Murder Is Easy’, ‘Murder On The Orient Express’, ‘Nemesis’, ‘Ordeal by Innocence’, ‘The Pale Horse’, ‘Peril at End House’ and ‘Sparkling Cyanide’.
“The Abernethie girls were not good choosers.”
“I really cannot envisage the hatchet.”
“There, will that content you?”
“All this education racket. It gives them ideas.”
“I could have used a pitchfork, sir, and I intended to if necessary.”
“It would underlie the point that it is unwise to make jokes about murder,”
“Altogether too many nuns!”