Agatha Christie: A Murder is Announced

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  • Amy Lee (Hong Kong Baptist University)

The small town of Chipping Cleghorn is excited by the announcement on the local Gazette on Friday, 29 October when it says:

A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29, at Little Paddocks, at 6:30 p.m. Friends please accept this, the only invitation.

Thinking that it is a party or joke of some sort, friends and acquaintances of Miss Letitia Blacklock, who is living at Little Paddocks with her companion and relatives, all rush to join in the excitement before the appointed time. In the midst of their conversation and drinking, the clock strikes 6.30, the light goes out, and a man in mask appears and shouts “Stick 'em up” to the excitable guests, at …

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Lee, Amy. "A Murder is Announced". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 June 2003
[, accessed 29 September 2016.]

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