Previously published in the print anthology Murder in the Mews: Four Cases of Hercule Poirot.
Hercule Poirot attends an auction and gets much more than he bid on: a disputed will, gunshots, and ancient Egyptian spirits. This might be Poirot's strangest case yet.
About the Author
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.
Date of Birth:September 15, 1890
Date of Death:January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:Torquay, Devon, England
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this short story starring Hercule Poirot (originally part of the collection Murder in the Mews), Poirot is summoned to the estate of Sir Gervase Chevenix-Gore. Sir Gervase thinks someone is trying to defraud him. However, the Poirot arrives, it is to discover that Sir Gervase is dead inside his locked study. What is going on? This short story (really more of a novella) is a classic Christie tale. I figured a few pieces out, but the biggest parts of the puzzle were a complete surprise at the end. The characters were on the weak side, however, and I had a hard time keeping everyone straight.
This book is a set of four mysteries that M. Hercule Poirot solved with his cunning mind. First, there is a rich man who calls for Poirots help and then commits suicide before help comes. Next there is a theft overshadowed by a ghost and Poirot first thinks it is a ghost but then finds out it is a very clever robber. Next he goes to the scene of an apparent suicide but determines that it was a murder. The last mystery is about Poirot vacation and how three lovers start getting criminally out of hand. During all of these mysteries, Poirot questions many people and throws off readers then resolves it all in an uncommon way.