Illustrated by Andrew Davidson
Hercule Poirot is pitted against one of Christie’s most captivating killers – who is ‘ABC’ and what is the murderer’s connection to the diminutive Belgian detective?
Alice Ascher, an elderly shopkeeper, has been murdered in Andover. Next, the pretty waitress Betty Barnard is found dead in Bexhill-on-Sea. Each of these murders is hinted at beforehand in a taunting letter to Poirot, signed ‘ABC’. Together with his friend Arthur Hastings, and a team from Scotland Yard, Poirot must pursue the ABC serial killer – in a battle of wits that soon becomes very personal indeed. The murderer keeps one step ahead at first, but as Poirot puts it, ‘He cannot help throwing light upon himself …’ Unusually for Christie, The ABC Murders employs multiple narrators, spinning an ingenious web that culminates in a startling finale – a truly brilliant mystery.
‘Poor Mr Poirot – Not so good at these little criminal matters as you thought yourself, are you?’
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