Kathrine had seldom had that useful thing, a 'day off'. 'But in a way, being tied physically gives you lots of scope mentally. You're always free to think.

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it.

Horrible house! Iris shivered. She hated it. A gracious well-built house, harmoniously furnished and decorated (Ruth Lessing was never at fault!). And curiously, frighteningly vacant. They didn't live there. They occupied it. As soldiers, in a war, occupied some lookout post.

You are young still. Naturally, one tries this, that and the other, but what one eventually settles down into is the life one prefers.

There is nothing so dangerous for any one who has something to hide as conversation!

It is the courage, the insistence, the ruthless force of youth.

Surely, said Miss Marple, aghast at an idea that had come into her mind, there can't be a bond of ruthlessness between us? Was she, Jane Marple—could she ever be—ruthless? D'you know, said Miss Marple to herself, it's extraordinary, I never thought about it before. I believe, you know, I could be ruthless….

I must say that ever since I have been unable to stop myself applying this criterion to any male stranger. Good-looking, perhaps–but are his legs common?

All three wore the air of superiority assumed by people who are already in a place when studying new arrivals.

I should have known when I first saw that picture. For it is a very remarkable picture. It is the picture of a murderess painted by her victim-it is the picture of a girl watching her lover dies.

Elephants are quite enough.

Everything must be taken into account. If the fact will not fit the theory---let the theory go.

Sensationalism dies quickly, fear is long-lived.

Don't pretend to come out of the ark, Len. You know very well that an attractive young woman with an elderly husband is a kind of gift from heaven to a young man.

That is the worst of Poirot. Order and Method are his gods. He goes so far as to attribute all his success to them.