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By Agatha Christie

A range of mysteries, a few light-hearted, a few romantic, a few very deadly...Twelve tantalizing cases...the curious disappearance of Lord Listerdale; a newlywed's worry of her ex-fiance; an odd come across on a educate; a household homicide research; a wild man's surprising character switch; a retired inspector's hunt for a murderess; a tender woman's impersonation of a duchess; a necklace hidden in a basket of cherries; a secret writer's arrest for homicide; an fantastic marriage notion; a soprano's hatred for a baritone; the case of the rajah's emerald. All have something in universal: the skilful hand of Agatha Christie.

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Surroundings tells. To Barbara the home had introduced nice delight. Jim Masterton had come domestic, and used to be a widespread customer. He and Mrs St Vincent obtained on wonderfully jointly, and he acknowledged whatever to Barbara in the future that startled her. ‘This home is an excellent atmosphere in your mom, you recognize. ’ ‘For mom? ’ ‘Yes. It used to be made for her! She belongs to it in a unprecedented approach. you recognize there’s whatever queer approximately this condominium altogether, anything uncanny and haunting. ’ ‘Don’t get like Rupert,’ Barbara implored him. ‘He is confident that the depraved Colonel Carfax murdered Lord Listerdale and concealed his physique lower than the ground. ’ Masterton laughed. ‘I respect Rupert’s detective zeal. No, I didn’t suggest something of that sort. yet there’s anything within the air, a few surroundings that one doesn’t relatively comprehend. ’ they'd been 3 months in Cheviot position whilst Barbara got here to her mom with a radiant face. ‘Jim and I–we’re engaged. Yes–last evening. Oh, mom! all of it sounds like a fairy story come real. ’ ‘Oh, my expensive! I’m so glad–so completely happy. ’ mom and daughter clasped one another shut. ‘You understand Jim’s virtually as a lot in love with you as he's with me,’ stated Barbara ultimately, with a mischievous snigger. Mrs St Vincent blushed very prettily. ‘He is,’ continued the lady. ‘You notion this apartment could make this sort of appealing atmosphere for me, and forever it’s quite a surroundings for you. Rupert and that i don’t really belong right here. You do. ’ ‘Don’t speak nonsense, darling. ’ ‘It’s no longer nonsense. There’s a flavour of enchanted fortress approximately it, with you as an enchanted princess and Quentin as–as–oh! a benevolent magician. ’ Mrs St Vincent laughed and admitted the very last thing. Rupert acquired the scoop of his sister’s engagement very flippantly. ‘I proposal there has been anything of the type within the wind,’ he saw sapiently. He and his mom have been eating on my own jointly; Barbara used to be out with Jim. Quentin positioned the port in entrance of him, and withdrew noiselessly. ‘That’s a rum outdated bird,’ acknowledged Rupert, nodding in the direction of the closed door. ‘There’s anything abnormal approximately him, you recognize, something–’ ‘Not fishy? ’ interrupted Mrs St Vincent, with a faint smile. ‘Why, mom, how do you know what i used to be going to assert? ’ demanded Rupert in all seriousness. ‘It’s really a notice of yours, darling. you're thinking that every little thing is fishy. i assume you've got an idea that it was once Quentin who did away with Lord Listerdale and positioned him lower than the ground? ’ ‘Behind the panelling,’ corrected Rupert. ‘You continually get issues somewhat flawed, mom. No, I’ve inquired approximately that. Quentin was once down at King’s Cheviot on the time. ’ Mrs St Vincent smiled at him, as she rose from desk and went as much as the drawing-room. In many ways Rupert used to be many years starting to be up. but a unexpected ask yourself swept over her for the 1st time as to Lord Listerdale’s purposes for leaving England so unexpectedly. There has to be anything in the back of it, to account for that unexpected determination. She was once nonetheless considering the problem over while Quentin got here in with the espresso tray, and she or he spoke out rapidly. ‘You were with Lord Listerdale decades, haven’t you, Quentin?

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