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The Queen of poser has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the said mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth pass over Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and such a lot of different unforgettable characters—brings her complete oeuvre of inventive whodunits, locked room mysteries, and difficult puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. Poirot Investigates a number of murders so much foul—as good as different dastardly crimes—in this exciting selection of brief tales from the one-and-only Christie.

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François,' I acknowledged, 'you will be discreet? ' 'If there's want, monsieur. ' 'Bon! recognize, then, that i'm of the police. are you able to locate me that different field? ' 'Without doubt, monsieur. will probably be within the dustbin. ' He departed, and lower back in a couple of minutes with a dust-covered item. It used to be the replica of the field I held, store for the truth that this time the field was once blue and the lid was once crimson. I thanked François, steered him once again to be discreet, and left the home within the street Louise with no extra ado. subsequent day I known as upon the health practitioner who had attended M. Déroulard. With him I had a tough job. He entrenched himself prettily at the back of a wall of realized phrasing, yet I fancied that he used to be now not particularly as yes concerning the case as he want to be. 'There were many curious occurrences of the kind,' he saw, while I had controlled to disarm him a bit. 'A unexpected healthy of anger, a violent emotion - after a heavy dinner, c'est entendu - then, with an entry of rage, the blood flies to the pinnacle, and pst! - there you're! ' 'But M. Déroulard had had no violent emotion. ' 'No? I made yes that he were having a stormy altercation with M. de Saint Alard. ' 'Why should still he? ' 'C'est évident! ' The health care provider shrugged his shoulders. 'Was now not M. de Saint Alard a Catholic of the main fanatical? Their friendship used to be being ruined by means of this query of church and country. now not an afternoon handed with out discussions. To M. de Saint Alard, Déroulard seemed virtually as Antichrist. ' This used to be unforeseen, and gave me nutrients for inspiration. 'One extra query, health practitioner: would it not be attainable to introduce a deadly dose of poison right into a chocolate? ' 'It will be attainable, I suppose,' acknowledged the general practitioner slowly. 'Pure prussic acid may meet the case if there have been no likelihood of evaporation, and a tiny globule of whatever could be swallowed disregarded - however it doesn't appear a really most probably supposition. A chocolate filled with morphine or strychnine -' He made a wry face. 'You understand, M. Poirot - one chew will be adequate! The unwary one wouldn't stand upon rite. ' 'Thank you, M. le Docteur. ' I withdrew. subsequent I made inquiries of the chemists, specifically these within the neighbourhood of the street Louise. it's reliable to be of the police. I obtained the data i needed with none difficulty. in simple terms in a single case may I pay attention of any poison having been provided to the home in query. This used to be a few eye drops of atropine sulphate for Madame Déroulard. Atropine is a powerful poison, and for the instant i used to be elated, however the indicators of atropine poisoning are heavily allied to these of ptomaine, and undergo no resemblance to these i used to be learning. along with, the prescription was once an outdated one. Madame Déroulard had suffered from cataract in either eyes for a few years. i used to be turning away discouraged while the chemist's voice referred to as me again. 'Un second, M. Poirot. I take note, the lady who introduced that prescription, she stated whatever approximately having to move directly to the English chemist. chances are you'll test there. ' I did. once again implementing my legit prestige, I obtained the knowledge i wished.

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