Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

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Unformatted text preview: raid not! In fact — sorrrry you have been trrrroubled." 334 Japp laughed at his witticism and rang off. Hercule Poirot did not laugh. He put back the receiver slowly. His face was worried. Ill Detective Inspector Hearn looked at Poirot curiously. He said: "I'd no idea you'd be so interested, sir." Poirot said: "You had word from Chief Inspector Japp that I might consult with you over this matter ?" Hearn nodded. "He said you were coming over on some other business, and that you'd give us a hand with this puzzle. But I didn't expect you now it's all cleared up. I thought you'd be busy on your own job." Hercule Poirot said: "My own business can wait. It is this affair here that interests me. You called it a puzzle, and you say it is now ended. But the puzzle is still there, it seems." "Well, sir, we've got the child back. 335 And she's not hurt. That's the main thing." "But it does not solve the problem of how you got her back, does it ? What does she herself say? A doctor saw her, did he not ? What did he say ?" "Said she'd been doped. She was still hazy with it. Apparently, she can't remember anything much after starting off from Cranchester. All later events seem to have been wiped out. Doctor thinks she might possibly have had slight concussion. There's a bruise on the back of her head. Says that would account for a complete blackout of memory." Poirot said: "Which is very convenient for -- someone!" Inspector Hearn said in a doubtful voice: "You don't think she is shamming, sir ?" "Do you ?" "No, I'm sure she isn't. She's a nice kid -- a bit young for her age." "No, she is not shamming." Poirot shook his head. "But I would like to know how she got off that train. I want to know who is responsible -- and why ?" 336 "As to why, I should say it was an attempt at kidnapping, sir. They meant to hold her to ransom.33 "But they didn't!35 "Lost their nerve with the hue and cry -- and planted her by the road quick." Poirot inquired sceptically: "And what ransom were they likely to get from a Canon of Cranchester Cathedral? English Church dignitaries are not millionaires.33 Detective Inspector Hearn said cheerfully: "Made a botch of the whole thing, sir, in my opinion.33 "Ah, that's your opinion.33 Hearn said, his face flushing slightly: "What's yours, sir ?3' "I want to know how she was spirited off that train.33 The policeman's face clouded over. "That's a real mystery, that is. One minute she was there, sitting in the dining-car, chatting to the other girls. Five minutes later she's vanished--hey presto -- like a conjuring trick.33 "Precisely, like a conjuring trick! Who else was there in the coach of the train 337 where Miss Pope's reserved compartments were ?35 Inspector Hearn nodded. "That's a good point, sir. That's important. It's particularly important because it was the last coach on...
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