Taken At The Flood
Агата Кристи

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Taken At The Flood
Agatha Christie

A man returns from the dead, and the body of a mysterious stranger is found in his room…A few weeks after marrying an attractive young widow, Gordon Cloade is tragically killed by a bomb blast in the London blitz. Overnight, the former Mrs Underhay finds herself in sole possession of the Cloade family fortune.Shortly afterwards, Hercule Poirot receives a visit from the dead man’s sister-in-law who claims she has been warned by ‘spirits’ that Mrs Underhay’s first husband is still alive. Poirot has his suspicions when he is asked to find a missing person guided only by the spirit world. Yet what mystifies Poirot most is the woman’s true motive for approaching him…

Taken at the Flood

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Source ISBN: 9780008129545

Ebook Edition © September 2015 ISBN: 9780007422838

Version: 2017-04-12

Epigraph (#u87ffecb9-f8f2-595c-8c9f-ee439f23ca8c)

There is a tide in the affairs of men,

Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;

Omitted, all the voyage of their life

Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

On such a full sea are we now afloat,

And we must take the current when it serves,

Or lose our ventures.

Contents

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Epigraph (#uea7d5bed-6855-5a0b-81bd-e80f9f82fd09)

PROLOGUE (#ucbe6b8df-3f1a-573c-8383-2d641be0d990)

BOOK I (#ueae21ee5-d87a-5ada-9ee0-d823b8335f99)

CHAPTER 1 (#u077f9081-0a0a-589d-aa4e-f764ee1dd4a0)

CHAPTER 2 (#u04f380e3-fa01-570e-9840-42ab98afb0b0)

CHAPTER 3 (#u06b21a44-10e2-5425-a8e9-0639d5907425)

CHAPTER 4 (#uf2983d50-fd25-5cb1-9dc1-948f4887207c)

CHAPTER 5 (#ud93cb270-3acd-5c03-88a4-de39cce40d13)

CHAPTER 6 (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 7 (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 8 (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 9 (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 10 (#litres_trial_promo)

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CHAPTER 12 (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 13 (#litres_trial_promo)
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