Books: The Sweet Sleuth Gone

CURTAIN by AGATHA CHRISTIE 238 pages. Dodd, Mead. $7.95.

This is the book that Agatha Christie wrote 30-odd years ago in which her legendary detective, Hercule Poirot, dies. She had wanted it published after her death but recently changed her mind. The reason, according to her publishers, was the box office success of the film Murder on the Orient Express, which created a huge demand for Poirot that the author was too frail to meet with a new book.

Nonsense. What is far more likely is that at 85, Dame Agatha decided to...

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