Адаптированная книга на английском языке «A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie». Аудиокнига на английском.
Every morning between 7.30 and 8.30 Johnnie Butt, the newspaper boy, rode around the small village of Chipping Cleghorn on his bicycle. He stopped at each house and pushed the morning papers through the letterbox. On Friday mornings Johnnie also delivered to most of the houses a copy of the local paper, the Chipping Cleghorn Gazette Ї known simply as the Gazette. After a quick look at the headlines in the national papers, most people eagerly opened the Gazette. They glanced quickly through the Letters page, and then nine out of ten readers turned to the Personal Column.
This contained advertisements from people wanting to buy or sell things, from hens to garden equipment, or looking for help in the home. The notices in the Personal Column always interested the people of Chipping Cleghorn, but on one particular Friday Ї October 29th — a notice appeared which was more interesting than any of the others.
Mrs Swettenham opened The Times, glanced through it quickly, then picked up the Gazette. When her son Edmund entered the room a moment later, she was busy reading the Personal Column.
‘Good morning, dear,’ said Mrs Swettenham. ‘The Smedleys are selling their car.’
Edmund did not reply. He poured himself a cup of coffee and sat down at the breakfast table, then opened the Daily Worker.
‘Selina Lawrence is advertising for a cook again,’ Mrs Swettenham said. ‘Yes, Mrs Finch?’
The door had opened and the unsmiling face of Mrs Swettenham’s housekeeper appeared round it.
‘Good morning, madam,’ she said.
‘Can I clear the table?’
‘Not yet. We haven’t finished,’ said Mrs Swettenham. Mrs Finch stared coldly at Edmund before leaving again.
‘Why do you have to read that awful paper, Edmund?’ said his mother. ‘Mrs Finch doesn’t like it at all.’
‘I don’t think my political views are Mrs Finch’s business.’ ‘And you’re not even a worker.’
‘That’s not true!’ said Edmund. ‘I’m writing a book.’
‘I meant real work,’ said Mrs Swettenham.
She continued reading the Personal Column.
A marriage is announced Ї no, a murder. What? Edmund, listen to this …
‘A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30p.m. Friends, please accept this, the only notice.
‘What an extraordinary thing! Edmund?’
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