By Agatha Christie

The Queen of puzzle has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the said mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth omit Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and such a lot of different unforgettable characters—brings her whole oeuvre of inventive whodunits, locked room mysteries, and difficult puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. In her vintage Sad Cypress, a girl damned by means of overwhelming proof stands accused of murdering her romantic rival, and simply Poirot stands among her and the gallows.

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I'm at your disposal, my buddy. ” They trigger strolling, coming into the grounds via the again force. midway up it they met a tall, handsome younger fellow wheeling a barrow. He touched his cap respectfully to Dr. Lord. “Good morning, Horlick. this can be Horlick, the gardener, Poirot. He used to be operating right here that morning. ” Horlick acknowledged: “Yes, sir, i used to be. I observed leave out Elinor that morning and talked to her. ” Poirot requested: “What did she say to you? ” “She informed me the home was once pretty much as good as offered, and that relatively took me aback, sir; yet omit Elinor acknowledged as how she’d converse for me to significant Somervell, and that perhaps he’d continue me on—if he didn’t imagine me too younger, possibly, as head—seeing as how I’d had reliable education less than Mr. Stephens, right here. ” Dr. Lord stated: “Did she appear a lot kind of like traditional, Horlick? ” “Why, sure, sir, other than that she regarded a piece excited like—and as if she had whatever on her brain. ” Hercule Poirot stated: “Did you recognize Mary Gerrard? ” “Oh, certain, sir. yet now not rather well. ” Poirot stated: “What was once she like? ” Horlick appeared wondered. “Like sir? Do you suggest to examine? ” “Not precisely. I suggest, what sort of a woman used to be she? ” “Oh, good, sir, she was once a truly more advantageous type of a lady. great spoken and all that. inspiration loads of herself, I should still say. you notice, previous Mrs. Welman had made loads of fuss over her. Made her father wild, that did. He used to be like a endure with a sore head approximately it. ” Poirot acknowledged: “By all that I’ve heard, he had now not the simplest of tempers, that previous one? ” “No, certainly, he hadn’t. regularly grumbling, and crusty as they lead them to. Seldom had a civil notice for you. ” Poirot stated: “You have been right here on that morning. Whereabouts have been you operating? ” “Mostly within the kitchen backyard, sir. ” “You can't see the home from there? ” “No, sir. ” Peter Lord acknowledged: “If anyone had arise to the house—up to the pantry window—you wouldn’t have visible them? ” “No, I wouldn’t, sir. ” Peter Lord acknowledged: “When did you visit your dinner? ” “One o’clock, sir. ” “And you didn’t see anything—any guy putting about—or a vehicle outside—anything like that? ” The man’s eyebrows rose in mild shock. “Outside the again gate, sir? there has been your vehicle there—nobody else’s. ” Peter Lord cried: “My automobile: It wasn’t my vehicle! i used to be over Withenbury course that morning. Didn’t come back until eventually after . ” Horlick appeared wondered. “I made yes it used to be your vehicle, sir,” he stated doubtfully. Peter Lord stated fast: “Oh, good, it doesn’t topic. sturdy morning, Horlick. ” He and Poirot moved on. Horlick stared after them for a minute or , then slowly resumed his growth with the wheelbarrow. Peter Lord acknowledged softly—but with nice pleasure: “Something—at final. Whose automobile was once it status within the lane that morning? ” Poirot stated: “What make is your automobile, my pal? ” “A Ford ten—sea-green. They’re lovely universal, after all. ” “And you're yes that it was once now not yours? You haven’t unsuitable the day? ” “Absolutely convinced. i used to be over at Withenbury, got here again past due, snatched a bit lunch, after which the decision got here via approximately Mary Gerrard and that i rushed over.

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