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Агата Кристи
Cards on the Table

Cards on the Table
Agatha Christie

A flamboyant party host is murdered in full view of a roomful of bridge players…Mr Shaitana was famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he was a man of whom everybody was a little afraid. So, when he boasted to Poirot that he considered murder an art form, the detective had some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana’s private collection.Indeed, what began as an absorbing evening of bridge was to turn into a more dangerous game altogether…

Cards on the Table

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First published in Great Britain by

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Source ISBN: 9780008164898

Ebook Edition © September 2016 ISBN: 9780007422197

Version: 2017-04-13

Contents

Cover (#u20b7291c-2883-5a46-82ca-17ae1ca38df3)

Title Page (#u0870fe22-97b5-5349-8002-63fea7a31442)

Copyright (#u471a9898-988e-5b6c-9631-9efa0527acbc)

Foreword (#u6264d93f-98a9-5ac1-991f-59976f2ab905)

CHAPTER 1: Mr Shaitana (#u938ef76f-9c0a-536b-8191-4eae2559d94a)

CHAPTER 2: Dinner at Mr Shaitana’s (#uac0b25f0-80e4-5ba2-b4fd-0862beb6dcfd)

CHAPTER 3: A Game of Bridge (#ufda81781-c4e5-5c8b-9759-baa340ca8fc9)

CHAPTER 4: First Murderer? (#u6d3d60ac-f5cd-5edb-88b8-67b7a925011d)

CHAPTER 5: Second Murderer? (#u0e04b6bc-874c-584e-8555-a1675142053d)

CHAPTER 6: Third Murderer? (#ufe3091cb-d1d8-54e9-a24d-9682557bb8b3)

CHAPTER 7: Fourth Murderer? (#ud86eedc4-31e0-5336-9fee-70947411a569)

CHAPTER 8: Which of Them? (#u0835f4cc-ab8c-5fba-815f-6d7ac583aab4)

CHAPTER 9: Dr Roberts (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 10: Dr Roberts (Continued) (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 11: Mrs Lorrimer (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 12: Anne Meredith (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 13: Second Visitor (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 14: Third Visitor (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 15: Major Despard (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 16: The Evidence of Elsie Batt (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 17: The Evidence of Rhoda Dawes (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 18: Tea Interlude (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 19: Consultation (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 20: The Evidence of Mrs Luxmore (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 21: Major Despard (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 22: Evidence From Combeacre (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 23: The Evidence of a Pair of Silk Stockings (#litres_trial_promo)
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