An ailing man in his sixties dies. Not unusual. At the funeral a sister blurts out 'but wasn't he murdered?'. Everyone shushes the sister who always even as a young woman spoke out of turn and blurted whatever she came up with. Leaving behind a substantial estate, no one wants to create waves as they each will inherit a substantial share.
All of them need the money, are desperate for it and everything seems to above board. This utterance however puts the lawyer who was also a friend on guard and he seeks Hercule Poirot's assistance to just check and verify that all is right. The murder of Cora - the sister in a hatchet attack the very next day however and the subsequent attack on her companion makes it obvious that someone is trying to hush and hide something.
In typical Agatha Christie fashion slowly unravelling the murderer is done methodically and carefully if somewhat slower than more modern mystery murder stories.
Vintage Agatha Christie courtesy of Glen Waverley library, Melbourne.