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The wife of Alfred Inglethorp and the step-mother of John and Lawrence Cavendish, she was “not a day less than seventy” and was an “energetic, autocratic personality, somewhat inclined to charitable and social notoriety, with a fondness for opening bazaars and playing the Lady Bountiful.” One of her more interesting projects was to provide housing for a number of Belgian refugees at Leastways Cottage, a small lodge that she owned next to the gates of Styles Court. One of her boarders was Hercule Poirot. Emily Inglethorp’s death was very painful; poisoned by strychnine, she suffered from tetanic convulsions. Hercule Poirot decided to repay her hospitality by discovering her murderer and thus the saga of Hercule Poirot in England began. The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

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