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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 leave out 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. In Cards at the Table, the wily Poirot is at the case while a bridge evening turns deadly.

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Roberts shrugged his shoulders. "She's a widow. reasonably wealthy. clever, well-bred girl top quality bridge participant. that is the place i have met her, as a question of fact--playing bridge. " "And Mr. Shaitana by no means pointed out her, both? " "No. " "H'm--that does not aid us a lot. Now, Dr. Roberts, might be you will be so style as to tax your reminiscence rigorously and inform me how usually you your self left your seat on the bridge desk, and all you could take note concerning the routine of the others. " Dr. Roberts took a couple of minutes to imagine. "It's difficult," he acknowledged frankly. "I can remeb, ermy personal routine, kind of. I received up 3 times--that is, on 3 events whilst i used to be dummy I left my seat and made myself valuable. as soon as I went over and positioned wooden at the fireplace. as soon as I introduced beverages to the 2 girls. as soon as I poured out a whisky and soda for myself. " "Can you keep in mind the days? " "I may perhaps simply say very approximately. We started to play approximately nine-thirty, I think. I should still say it used to be approximately an hour later that I stoked the fireplace, really a short while after that I fetched the beverages (next hand yet one, I think), and maybe half-past 11 whilst I obtained myself a whisky and soda--but these instances are really approximate. i could not solution for his or her being right. " "The desk with the beverages was once past Mr. Shaitana's chair? " "Yes. that is to assert, I handed rather close to him 3 times. " "And whenever, to the easiest of your trust, he used to be asleep? " "That's what i assumed the 1st time. the second one time i did not even examine him. 3rd time I relatively fancy the idea simply undergone my brain: 'How the beggar does sleep. ' yet i did not particularly glance heavily at him. " "Very stable. Now, while did your fellow-players depart their seats? " Dr. Roberts frowned. "Difficult--very tricky. Despard went and fetched an additional ash-tray, i feel. And he went for a drink. That was once sooner than me, for I take into account he requested me if i might have one, and that i stated I wasn't rather prepared. " "And the women? " "Mrs. Lorrimer went over to the hearth as soon as. Poked it, i believe. I quite fancy she spoke to Shaitana, yet i do not understand. i used to be taking part in a slightly tough no trump on the time. " "And leave out Meredith? " "She definitely left the desk as soon as. got here around and checked out my hand--I was once her companion on the time. Then she checked out the opposite people's arms, after which she wandered around the room. i do not be aware of what she was once doing precisely. I wasn't being attentive. " Superintendent conflict stated thoughtfully: "As you have been sitting on the bridge-table, no one's chair used to be at once dealing with the hearth? " 396 Agatha Christie "No, type of sideways on, and there has been a tremendous cupboard betweenhinese piece, very good-looking. i will see, after all, that it'd be completely attainable to stab the outdated boy. finally, if you are taking part in bridge, you are enjoying bridge. you are not having a look around you and noticing what's going. the one individual who is prone to be doing that's dummy. And during this case--" "In this situation, surely, dummy used to be the murderer,'said Superintendent conflict. "All the same," stated Dr. Roberts, "it sought after nerve, you recognize.

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