Hercule Poirot's Christmas

Christie, Agatha

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Hercule Poirot's Christmas
Poirot is called to the family estate of Simeon Lee, after he is found lying in a pool of blood on Christmas Eve.
Publisher: New York : Black Dog & Leventhal : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co, 2007
ISBN: 1579127355
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY CHRISTIE
Characteristics: 271 p. ;,22 cm


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Poirot is called to the family estate of Simeon Lee, after he is found lying in a pool of blood on Christmas Eve.

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Every second or third year I re-read this Christmas mystery and always enjoy the twisted plot.

Dec 04, 2011
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas opens with a gathering of the clan at the ancestral home in the English countryside for a family Christmas celebration. Except this is an Agatha Christie story, so bumps in the night and a bloodcurdling scream are more to be expected. Of course, Miss Christie delivers and the game is afoot!

The Lee family is not a close family. In fact some of the members are home for the first time in over 20 years. Gathered at the request of the aging patriarch, Simon, the various brothers and their wives are a simmering brew of resentment, greed and anger. Added to the mix is a half Spanish niece, a visitor from South Africa and various servants. It is no surprise that on Christmas Eve murder is on the menu.

Luckily for both the rural police and the readers, Hercule Poirot is spending Christmas with the District Police Superintendent and is on hand to help solve this locked room murder case. Doing what he does best, Poirot interviews the suspects and put the pieces together.

Although written as a contemporary piece at the time, Miss Christie has done a marvellous job of capturing a period in history so precisely that the reader is drawn back into that time. With a house full of interesting characters, lots of twists and turns and the anticipated scene where Poirot gathers the suspects and reveals the murderer, Hercule Poirot’s Christmas is an entirely satisfying read.


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