When Richard Abernethie, last master of Enderby Hall, dies suddenly in his sleep, the family are eager to discover how his riches have been divided.
However, the reading of the will is rudely interrupted by his younger sister Cora, who suddenly blurts out, 'He was murdered, wasn't he?' Used to her habit of making inopportune remarks, the family ignore her.
But the next day, when Cora herself is found brutally killed, they start to wonder.
Richard's barrister and lifelong friend, Mr Entwhistle, decides to look into the matter.
Using legal duties as an excuse, he visits the potential suspects and tries to find out more.
He discovers that each has a motive for murder: Timothy Abernethie, Richard's brother, desperately needed money; and his wife Maude apparently considers no sacrifice too great for her beloved husband.
Nieces Susan Banks and Rosamund Shane have husband troubles too: who knows what lengths they would go to?
Defeated by the complexity of the task, Mr Entwhistle calls in Hercule Poirot...A superb mystery from the Queen of Crime, dramatised with a full cast including Frank Thornton and Jill Balcon. 2 CDs. 1 hr 30 mins.
- Format: CD-Audio
- Publisher: BBC Audio, A Division Of Random House
- Publication Date: 07/03/2005
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780563510604