Performed by Hugh Fraser
Category: Murder, Mystery, Book Review
Everyone blamed Emily’s accident on a rubber ball left on the stairs by her frisky terrier. But the more she thought about her fall, the more convinced she became that one of her relatives was trying to kill her. On April 17th she wrote her suspicions in a letter to Hercule Poirot. Mysteriously he didn’t receive the letter until June 28th…
When Miss Emily Arundel died, not unexpectedly as her health had been delicate, the contents of her will caused a variety of emotions, including surprise, anger, criticism, excitement and gossip. The residents of Market Basing talked and speculated for weeks, and theories were numerous. Although Miss Lawson, Miss Arundel’s companion, professed to be as astonished as everyone else when the will was read, not everyone believed her, especially the Arundel family.
Emily Arundel had not been looking forward to Easter weekend in the least, when her family, and potential heirs, would all be staying with her. She knew they were only interested in her money. During their visit Emily had an accident, a tumble down the stairs, which was blamed on her tripping over the dog’s ball.
Dazed and confused Emily Arundel lay in a crushed heap. Her shoulder hurt her and her ankle — her whole body was a confused mass of pain. She was conscious of people standing over her, of that fool Minnie Lawson crying and making ineffectual gestures with her hands, of Theresa with a startled look in her eyes, of Bella standing with her mouth open looking expectant, of the voice of Charles saying from somewhere — very far away so it seemed — ‘ It’s that damned dog’s ball! He must have left it here and she tripped over it. See? Here it is!’