By Agatha Christie

The Queen of puzzle has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the said mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth leave out Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and such a lot of different unforgettable characters—brings her complete oeuvre of creative whodunits, locked room mysteries, and confusing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. The Murder on the Vicarage was once Christie’s first actual secret to add her most well liked investigator—as a useless physique in a clergyman’s examine proves to overlook Marple that no position, holy or differently, is a sanctuary from murder.

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The mistress isn’t again from city but. ” I nodded absentmindedly. Mary beat a retreat to the kitchen quarters and that i went down the passage and opened the research door. After the nightfall of the passage, the night sunshine that used to be pouring into the room made my eyes blink. I took a step or around the flooring after which stopped useless. For a second i may rarely soak up the that means of the scene ahead of me. Colonel Protheroe used to be mendacity sprawled throughout my writing desk in a terrible unnatural place. there has been a pool of a few darkish fluid at the table through his head, and it used to be slowly dripping directly to the ground with a terrible drip, drip, drip. I pulled myself jointly and went throughout to him. His pores and skin was once chilly to touch. The hand that I raised fell again useless. the fellow used to be dead—shot in the course of the head. I went to the door and known as Mary. while she got here I ordered her to run as speedy as she may well and fetch Dr. Haydock, who lives simply on the nook of the line. I instructed her there have been an coincidence. Then I went again and closed the door to watch for the doctor’s coming. thankfully, Mary came upon him at domestic. Haydock is an efficient fellow, an immense, fantastic, strapping guy with a decent, rugged face. His eyebrows went up while I pointed silently around the room. yet, like a real medical professional, he confirmed no indicators of emotion. He bent over the lifeless guy, analyzing him speedily. Then he straightened himself and seemed throughout at me. “Well? ” I requested. “He’s useless correct enough—been useless part an hour, I should still say. ” “Suicide? ” “Out of the query, guy. examine the placement of the wound. along with, if he shot himself, where’s the weapon? ” actual adequate, there has been no signal of this type of factor. “We’d higher now not fiddle with anything,” acknowledged Haydock. “I’d greater ring up the police. ” He picked up the receiver and spoke into it. He gave the evidence as curtly as attainable after which changed the phone and stumbled on to the place i used to be sitting. “This is a rotten enterprise. How did you come back to discover him? ” I defined. “Is—is it homicide? ” I requested relatively faintly. “Looks love it. suggest to claim, what else can it's? impressive enterprise. ask yourself who had a down at the bad outdated fellow. in fact i do know he wasn’t well known, yet one isn’t usually murdered for that reason—worse good fortune. ” “There’s one relatively curious thing,” I acknowledged. “I was once telephoned for this afternoon to visit a demise parishioner. while I bought there everybody used to be very shocked to work out me. The ill guy used to be a great deal larger than he were for a few days, and his spouse flatly denied telephoning for me in any respect. ” Haydock drew his brows jointly. “That’s suggestive—very. You have been being bought out of how. Where’s your spouse? ” “Gone as much as London for the day. ” “And the maid? ” “In the kitchen—right on the different facet of the home. ” “Where she wouldn’t be prone to pay attention whatever that went on in the following. It’s a foul enterprise. Who knew that Protheroe used to be coming right here this night? ” “He said the actual fact this morning within the village road on the best of his voice as ordinary. ” “Meaning that the total village knew it? Which they continually do at least.

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