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You may remember that I’ve been blitzing my way through murder mysteries this winter. As it turns out, one Agatha Christie mystery is fun, two are interesting, but once you get past three or four, they start to raise real questions about the economic incentives of the early 20th century.

If Jane Austen made a pretty good case that an economic system reliant on inherited wealth is a bad idea because it might pressure your brilliant daughter to marry her idiotic cousin, Agatha Christie added the compelling argument that the idiotic cousin is probably going to murder you next time you invite him to visit for a long weekend.

Over the last month or so I’ve read The ABC murders, The Murder on the Links, all of the “Poirot Investigates” stories, Death on the Nile, as well as Evil Under the Sun and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd back in early December. (There may have been some others as well? After a point they all begin to blur together.)

And with surprising regularity, the culprits’ elaborate schemes of murder and misdirection are specifically designed to obtain an inheritance.

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