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Cathie from Canada

Yes, one of the fun things about Christie's books is her descriptions of how middle- and upper-middle class England lived. Her description of how to celebrate Christmas in a country house, in The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, is really priceless.
At least two of Christie's short stories have the whole plot hinge on late mail deliveries.
In Third Floor Flat, the victim's body must be hidden and an elaborate plot laid to get into the apartment after the last mail of the day has been delivered, so that the murderer can steal a lawyer's letter that reveals the motive for the crime. In Four and Twenty Blackbirds. a nephew uses a faked postmark on a letter to make it look like it was delivered in the last mail of the day, making it look like the poor uncle died just after the rich uncle passed away and thus leaving the nephew to inherit the estate.

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