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In the novel The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie, what are the clues for the murders? How are the clues or circumstances similar among the murders, and how does Poirot explain these similarities?

In the Agatha Christie novel The A.B.C. Murders, common clues investigated by the detective Hercule Poirot include an ABC railway guide, letters from the killer, characteristic naming patterns, and a stocking salesman in the area before each murder.

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Agatha Christie's mystery novel The A.B.C. Murders, published in 1936, is an early example of serial killer fiction . Her renowned Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, is alerted by anonymous letter to a murder that is soon to be committed. Three murders are committed in alphabetical order, each with a letter alerting Poirot ahead of time: a woman with the initials A. A. in the town of Andover, a woman with...

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