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The famous detective M. Hercule Poirot is involved in a baffling case of a quarrel that led to the murder of Sir Reuben. According to the witness Parsons, he overheard a quarrel that supposedly took place between Sir Reuben and his nephew Charles Leverson at the end of which a loud thud was heard. The next day Sir Reuben is found dead at his study desk. The accused Charles Leverson has got no way out of the trouble as all the evidences go against him. However, Lady Astwell stands by his side. She has an intution that Charles was not involved in the murder. Instead, she accuses her secretary Mr. Trefusis of committing the crime.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 70%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   10% Special suspect?    -   relative Murder of certain profession?    -   businessmen Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   butler provides unemotional service    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Any non-mystery subplot?    -   food/cooking Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   French


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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