The expression “to put the cat among the pigeons” means “to upset a group of people by putting something or someone disturbing into the group”. A shortened form of this idiom is the title of a popular murder mystery by Agatha Christie. The metaphorical pigeons in this case are the teachers and pupils at Meadowbank, an expensive boarding school for girls in England. Who, though, is the cat? Certainly someone is determined to cause trouble. When two of the teachers die mysteriously, Hercule Poirot is called in to solve the crimes. This simplified version of Cat Among the Pigeons is written at B2+ level. The book includes a list of important characters, a glossary of difficult words explained in English and a chapter of cultural notes. Harpercollins, €9.79.
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