Appointment with Death: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
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The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. The unstoppable Poirot finds himself in the Middle East with only one day to solve a murder in the classic Agatha Christie mystery, Appointment with Death.
hotel. "Your name is, of course, familiar to me," said Lady Westholme, shaking hands. "I was talking to Professor Clemenceaux the other day in Paris. I have been taking up the question of the treatment of pauper lunatics very strongly lately. Very strongly, indeed. Shall we come inside while we wait for a better car to be obtained?" A vague little middle-aged lady with wisps of gray hair who was hovering near by turned out to be Miss Annabel Pierce, the fourth member of the party. She too was
"Yes. But I doubt if she would have had the knowledge or the constructiveness to do it the way it was done. The cunning of that class of mania is usually very simple and obvious. And I am almost certain she would have chosen a more spectacular method." "But she is a possibility?" Poirot insisted. "Yes," admitted Gerard. "And afterwards—when the deed was done? Do you think the rest of the family knew who had done it?" "They know!" said Colonel Carbury unexpectedly. "If ever I came across a
that point. Anyway, as I was saying, we set out. It was then that I had my interview with Nadine. Afterwards, she wished to be alone with her husband to discuss matters with him. I went off on my own, working gradually back towards the camp. About half way there I met the two English ladies who had been on the morning expedition. One of them's an English peeress, I understand." Poirot said that such was the case. "Ah, she's a fine woman, a very powerful intellect and very well informed. The
lies—knowing that Dr. Gerard is down with fever and cannot expose her lie!" "I did not lie!" said Sarah clearly. "There is yet another possibility. Miss King, as I have said, reached the camp a few minutes after Raymond. If Raymond Boynton found his mother alive, it may have been Miss King who administered the fatal injection. She believed that Mrs. Boynton was fundamentally evil. She may have seen herself as a just executioner. That would equally well explain her lying about the time of
choose to be independent." Dr. Gerard said thoughtfully: "That might be impossible." "Why impossible?" "There are methods, Mr. Cope, of preventing a tree from growing." Cope stared. "They're a fine healthy lot, Dr. Gerard." "The mind can be stunted and warped as well as the body." "They're bright mentally too." Gerard sighed. Jefferson Cope went on: "No, Dr. Gerard, take it from me, a man has got the control of his own destiny right there in his own hands. A man who respects himself