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“You are making up your mind, are you not, whether I am a mere mounteback, or the man you need?”
She smiled. She said:
“Well, yes- something of that kind. You see, M. Poirot, you- you don’t look exactly the way I pictured you.”
“And I am old, am I not? Older than you imagined?”
“Yes, that too.” She hesitated. “I’m being frank, you see. I want- I’ve got to have- the best.”
“Rest assured,” said Hercule Poirot. “I am the best!”
Carla said: “You’re not modest….All the same, I’m inclined to take you at your word.”
Poirot said placidly:
“One does not, you know, employ merely the muscles. I do not need to bend and measure the footprints and pick up the cigarette ends and examine the bent blades of grass. It is enough for me to sit back in my chair and think. It is this”- he tapped his egg-shapped head- “this that functions!”
As part of HarperCollin’s celebration of 200 years of international publishing, HarperCollins India has come out with special hardback editions of twenty-five books by the ‘queen of mystery writing’, Agatha Christie. Printed as they were originally, these books take the reader back to the good old days of clean writing, when the alchemy of the characters and the plot created magic.
An absolute delight to read again!