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By Agatha Christie
The Queen of puzzle has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the said mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth omit Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and such a lot of different unforgettable characters—brings her whole oeuvre of inventive whodunits, locked room mysteries, and complicated puzzles to Harper Paperbacks…including one of her personal ten favourite novels, Towards Zero, which places Superintendent conflict and Inspector Leach at the case as they examine the homicide of an aged widow.
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You suggest - to fulfill you? " "Yes. Nevile thinks it used to be all his personal proposal - terrible blameless! however it wasn't. He by no means considered the sort of factor until eventually he met her within the Park sooner or later and she or he obtained the assumption into his head and made him think he'd considered it himself. He particularly in truth thinks it was once his concept, yet i have visible Audrey's fantastic Italian hand at the back of it from the 1st. " "Why may still she do this sort of factor? " requested conflict. "Because she desired to pay money for him again," acknowledged Kay. She spoke fast and her breath got here quick. "She's by no means forgiven him for going off with me. this can be her revenge. She obtained him to mend up that we might all be right here jointly after which she started working on him. She's been doing it ever due to the fact we arrived. She's shrewdpermanent, you recognize. understands simply easy methods to glance pathetic and elusive - definite, and the way to play up one other guy, too. She bought Thomas Royde, a devoted previous puppy who is constantly cherished her, to be the following even as, and she or he drove Nevile mad by means of pretending she used to be going to marry him. " She stopped, respiring angrily. conflict stated mildly: "I must have proposal he'd be joyful for her to - er - locate happiness with an previous good friend. " "Glad? he is as jealous as Hell! " "Then he has to be very keen on her. " "Oh, he is," acknowledged Kay bitterly. "She's visible to that! " Battle's finger nonetheless ran dubiously over his jaw. "You may need objected to this association on coming right here? " he urged. "How might I? it'll have regarded as if I have been jealous! " "Well," stated conflict, "after all, you have been, were not you? " Kay flushed. "Always! i have regularly been jealous of Audrey. correct from the start - or approximately the start. I used to consider her there in the home. It used to be as if it have been her residence, now not mine. I replaced the color scheme and did all of it up, however it was once no solid! i might believe her there like a gray ghost creeping approximately. I knew Nevile apprehensive simply because he notion he'd handled her badly. He could not rather ignore her -she used to be regularly there - a reproachful feeling behind his brain. There are humans, you recognize, who're like that. they appear fairly colourless and never very attention-grabbing - yet they make themselves felt. " conflict nodded thoughtfully. He acknowledged: "Well, thanks, Mrs. unusual. that is all at the moment. we need to ask - er - a superb many questions - specifically along with your husband inheriting rather a lot funds from girl Tressilian - fifty thousand kilos - "Is it up to that? We get it from outdated Sir Matthew's will, do not we? " "You be aware of all approximately it? " "Oh, certain. He left it to be divided among Nevile and Nevile's spouse after girl Tressilian's dying. now not that i am completely happy the previous factor is lifeless. i am not. i did not like her greatly - most likely simply because she did not like me - yet it truly is too terrible to consider a few burglar coming alongside and cracking her head open. " She went out on that. conflict checked out Leach. "What do you're thinking that of her? handsome little bit of items, i'm going to say. a guy may well lose his head over her effortless adequate. " Leach agreed. "Doesn't appear to me particularly a girl, though," he acknowledged, dubiously. "They aren't nowadays," stated conflict.