Best detective stories of Agatha Christi – Agatha Christie
Best Detective Stories of Agatha Christie Longman, 1986 (Unabridged)
…And I tell you this -its the same woman- not a doubt of it!
Captain Haydock looked into the eager, vehement face of his friend and sighed. He wished Evans would not be so positive and so jubilant. In the course of a career spent at sea, the old sea captain had learned to leave things that did not concern him well alone. His friend, Evans, late C.I.D. inspector, had a different philosophy of life. Acting on information received – had been his motto in early days, and he had improved upon it to the extent of finding out his own information. Inspector Evans had been a very smart, wide-awake officer, and had justly earned the promotion which had been his. Even now, when he had retired from the force, and had settled down in the country cottage of his dreams, his professional instinct was still active.
Dont often forget a face, he reiterated complacently.
Mrs Anthony – yes, its Mrs Anthony right enough. When you said Mrs Merrowdene – I knew her at once.
Captain Haydock stirred uneasily. The Merrowdenes were his nearest neighbours, barring Evans himself, and this identifying of Mrs Merrowdene with a former heroine of a cause clbre distressed him.
Its a long time ago, he said rather weakly.
Nine years, said Evans, accurately as ever. Nine years and three months. You remember the case?
In a vague sort of way.
Anthony turned out to be an arsenic eater, said Evans,
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