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1. Agatha Christie often used mirrors as plot devices in her novels, but the murderess from "After the Funeral" probably wished she had used the mirror more efficiently. Who is this killer who was later declared insane at trial?
2. In which book did the murderer reveal himself or herself when they failed to realize that by crossing a bridge over rushing water, they inadvertently proved they were not afraid of heights? Hint: In this novel, the culprits are a husband and wife.
3. The murder in "The Clocks" appears to be very complex, which leads Poirot to believe it to be a very simple murder. One of the conspirators, Mrs. Bland, gives away herself, as well as her sister and husband, when she says what?
4. While most of Christie's killers made mistakes that were more subtle, Norman Gale in "Death in the Clouds" made a particularly bad mistake. Poirot told Gale that his fingerprint was on the murder weapon, to which Gale replied, "Impossible. I wore gloves." What was the murder weapon that did not contain Gale's fingerprints in this novel?
5. Another extremely careless and obvious mistake one murderer made was trying to kill someone when there is a room full of people a few feet away. Of course, by that time, Miss Marple had already figured out the killer in "A Murder is Announced" is Miss Blacklock. But whom did Miss Blacklock try to kill by drowning her in the sink?
6. Some murderers are just sloppy and careless like Dr. Quimper, who almost certainly would have gotten away with murdering his wife if he had not knocked into the window shade, exposing his crime to Mrs. McGillicuddy in the passing train. In which novel did he commit this dastardly deed?
7. Sometimes murderers need an accomplice to help with their schemes. Of course, it helps to make sure that that accomplice will not turn on you, as Jacko Argyle failed to do in "Ordeal by Innocence." Jacko's accomplice, Kirsten Lindstrom, was the actual murderer but when Jacko was arrested, she remained quiet. Why did she not confess?
8. Another word of advice for would-be killers: if you intend to frame someone else for the crime, make sure that person is physically able to commit the crime. Zachariah Osbourne made this mistake in "The Pale Horse" when he accused which physically handicapped person of the murder?
9. Sometimes when murderers make mistakes, they kill the wrong person. In which of the following novels did this mistake NOT occur?
10. Murderers can make mistakes years after the murder even when someone else was convicted of the crime. In "Five Little Pigs" Elsa Greer is asked for an account of the day of Amyas Crale's murder. Since she feels confident she will not be caught by Poirot because Amyas' wife has already been convicted, she reveals too much information. What did she write about that ultimately led Poirot to decide she was the killer?
Source: Author Joepetz
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