The Missing Will by Agatha Christie

The Missing Will


The Missing Will by Agatha Christie


Agatha Christie is one of the most popular and prolific writers of all time. She is best known for her detective novels and short stories, featuring memorable characters such as Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence, and others. Her stories are full of clever twists, ingenious clues, and surprising endings.

One of her early short stories is The Missing Will, which was first published in 1923 in The Sketch magazine in the UK, and later in The Blue Book Magazine in the US. It was also included in the collection Poirot Investigates, which was published in 1924 in the UK and 1925 in the US. The Missing Will is one of the stories that feature Hercule Poirot, the brilliant and eccentric Belgian detective who uses his “little grey cells” to solve the most baffling cases.

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In this article, we will take a closer look at The Missing Will by Agatha Christie, and see what makes it a classic Poirot mystery. We will discuss the plot summary, the main characters, and the themes of the story. We will also compare it to the TV adaptation that was made in 1993 for the series Agatha Christie’s Poirot, starring David Suchet as Poirot.


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Here are some frequently asked questions about The Missing Will by Agatha Christie:

  • Q: How did Poirot find the missing will?
  • A: Poirot used his keen observation and deduction skills to notice that the will was hidden inside a book that Andrew Marsh had given to Violet as a birthday present. He also realized that the book was a clue to the location of the will, as it was titled The Woman’s Way, which was contrary to Marsh’s views on women’s education.
  • Q: Who was the beneficiary of the will?
  • A: The beneficiary of the will was Violet Marsh, who was Andrew Marsh’s niece and secretary. Marsh had left her his entire fortune, as he was impressed by her intelligence and loyalty. He had also made a provision for his nephew, Hugo Trent, who was a wastrel and a gambler, to receive a small allowance.
  • Q: What was the motive of the murder?
  • A: The motive of the murder was greed. Hugo Trent, who was in debt and desperate for money, had learned about the existence of the will from his uncle’s lawyer, Mr. Purvis. He had then killed his uncle by injecting him with a lethal dose of digitalis, a drug that Marsh used for his heart condition. He had also searched for the will and destroyed it, hoping to inherit his uncle’s estate by default.
  • Q: How did Poirot expose the murderer?
  • A: Poirot exposed the murderer by staging a dramatic scene in which he pretended to have found the will and read it aloud in front of Violet, Hugo, and Mr. Purvis. He then revealed that he had actually read a fake will that he had prepared himself, and that he had noticed Hugo’s reaction when he heard that Violet was the sole heiress. He also pointed out that Hugo had a syringe in his pocket, which he had used to kill his uncle.

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The Missing Will by Agatha Christie is a short but captivating story that showcases Poirot’s genius and charm. It is also a story that explores the themes of gender roles, family relations, and justice. The Missing Will by Agatha Christie is a classic example of Christie’s mastery of the mystery genre, and a delight for any fan of Poirot.

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