By Agatha Christie
The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are agog with interest whilst the Gazette advertises “A homicide is introduced and should occur on Friday, October twenty ninth, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.”
A infantile functional shaggy dog story? Or a spiteful hoax? not able to withstand the mysterious invitation, the locals arrive at Little Paddocks on the appointed time while, all of sudden, the lighting fixtures exit and a gun is fired. after they come again on, a grotesque scene is published. An very unlikely crime? simply leave out Marple can resolve it.
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That I am a person to be believed. Detective Sergeant Abbott, or in fact any of the officers on the detective side, will be able to assure you that I have the confidence of the police. ” The manager, thus baited, turned with ferocity upon the shopwalker. His diminished ego obtained some helpful support from having a subordinate at hand to bully. “Mr. ” “On what evidence did you act? This lady says that one of the assistants came up and spoke to you. ” Mr. Sopeley began to see before him the unenviable role of the scapegoat.
Miss Masterman, following a maid in a very becoming dark red uniform, had no answering smile. Her handsome haggard face was stamped with fatigue. She looked as if she had forgotten how to sleep. When Gladys had left her in the comfortable, well-appointed bedroom she walked slowly towards the hearth, as if drawn by the warmth of the fire. She had removed her gloves and had unfastened a rather shabby fur coat. Gregory Porlock had noticed it as she came in—but Gregory Porlock noticed everything.