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Hercule Poirot's Christmas (Hercule Poirot #20)

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Simeon Lee has demanded that all four of his sons and their wives visit the family home for Christmas. But the cantankerous patriarch has anything but a heartwarming family holiday in mind when he announces that he is cutting off his sons' allowances and changing his will. So when the old man is found lying in a pool of blood on Christmas Eve, there is no lack of suspects. ...more
Hardcover, 271 pages
Published September 17th 2007 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (first published December 19th 1938)
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Stephanie
A Cozy Holiday Whodunit

I just finished reading Hercule Poirot's Christmas as a festive group buddy read. What a ride it was!! I love Agatha Christie , and this was my first time reading this work.

Think of a victim who wasn't a "nice" person, liked to control people, and had any number of people with reason to want him dead....

A family reunion with the victim gathering all of the guests (his family) for the first time in years to hear him discuss changing his will...

Mysterious (uncut) diamond
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Carol
4+ Stars

Guess Who's Coming For Christmas?

The family's all been invited to Gorston Hall for Christmas and the devilish and domineering "old coot" Simeon Lee has a trick up his sleeve plus two surprise guests to cause havoc and add to the fun until the big crash and then......the scream from the souls of hell......and then......

"Blood......so much blood......blood everywhere......fresh, wet, gleaming blood"......

Oh, this is a good one. Superintendent Sugden has his work cut out for him, but with

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Nishat
May 11, 2016 Nishat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A monstrous life has been taken. And to sympathise for the departed, for the life lost, is nearly to ask too much of one. Yet justice would be of no actual value if not served equally. And perhaps the evil of the murderer surpasses only the evil of the victim.

This remains one of the most captivating stories that Agatha Christie has, in her career had to offer. The omnious begining and the unpredicta
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Jean
Hercule Poirot's Christmas is a detective novel, written in 1938 by the so-called "Queen of Crime", Agatha Christie. It is the 20th book in the canon of 45 featuring the diminutive Belgian detective whom she invented. If you tend to lose track as to which Poirot novels you have read, it may be helpful to note that Hercule Poirot's Christmas was published in the USA a year later, under the title "Murder for Christmas", and again underwent a change of title in 1947; a paperback version then being ...more
Kim

I read a lot of my mother’s Agatha Christie novels when I was a teenager. They’re what got me into reading crime fiction. However, my interest in Christie didn’t survive into adulthood and it’s been years since I’ve picked up a Hercule Poirot or a Miss Marple novel.

This particular work, the December 2012 read for the English Mysteries Club group, was probably not the best novel for me to choose as a way of going back to Agatha Christie. She must have written much, much better books. I don’t rem
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LJ
First Sentence: Stephen pulled up the collar of his coat as he walked briskly along the platform.

Elderly, wealthy Simon Lee has gathered his family around him for a Christmas reunion. Hardly a joyous celebration when the guests hear furniture being overturned, an inhuman scream and find Simon murdered in his locked room. Visiting a friend in the area, Hercule Poirot offers to assist in solving this case where everyone had reason to wish the old man dead.

Reading Christie is always a delight. Ther
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Ali AlShewail
May 14, 2016 Ali AlShewail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ali by: Raghad Ferhat
رااائعة , لكن متفاجئتش بالقاتل , مش كنت متوقعه أينعم لكن من أول الرواية كنت حاسس إنه فيه حاجة مش مريحة كدا :D
عامة أظن الرواية دي هيستمتع بيها جداااا حد لسا مش قرأ كتير ل أجاثا كريستي ولا مر عليه كتير من ألعابها و خدعها , هيستمتع بيها اكتر من اللي قرأوا لها كتير و عندهم خبرة بحركاتها :D
مجرمة أجاثا كريستي دي :)
Helle
Despite the title, there was nothing very Christmassy about this book. (My Christmas spirit has dwindled since reaching adulthood long ago, and I was hoping this would impart just a slight whisper of Christmas as the weather these days looks nothing like it did during my childhood Christmasses when we had proper frost and snow).

Christmas is merely the occasion for some estranged family members, and a few non-members thrown in to thicken the plot, to gather in an English country home - and for o
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F.R.
Feb 12, 2016 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pondering, whilst reading ‘Hercule Poirot’s Christmas’, which quality must exist to make Dame Agatha’s books – for all her weaknesses as an author – so readable. And I’ve come to the conclusion that that quality is probably ‘consistency’.

In another writer’s work – say, for example, Raymond Chandler’s – a scant description, a thin characterisation or a stretch of dialogue which bears virtually no resemblance to any conversation ever had between human beings, would immediately strike a duff
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Hannah
Dec 12, 2012 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2012-reads
Rating Clarification: 2.5 Stars
Alternate title: Hercule Poirot's Christmas
English Mysteries Club Group Read

Not as good as some of the other Christie's I've read, but to the plus side it was a quick read and kept my interest. I guessed whodunnit 3/4 of the way through (which I rarely ever do). It seemed as though Christie slapped me in the face to make it obvious who it was, so much so that I second guessed myself that it could be that person. However, I didn't guess Howdunnit until the reveal.

W
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Shivam Chaturvedi
By God she's done me in, again! I thought I was getting too old for this and yet, this old hag has made a fool of me once more.

What an absolute surprise though. A wonderful Christmas indeed!
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 15, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I sort of semi-guessed the murderer in the novel - because I concentrated on the victim's character, as Dame Agatha constantly entreats. Also, a chance statement by a character pointed the way.

So I love this novel because I was partially able to match the thought processes of the great Hercule Poirot.
Candi
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Raoofa Ibrahim
Jun 14, 2016 Raoofa Ibrahim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, dead-authors
اظن انني اضعت سنين من عمري في دراسة الهندسة... هذه الرواية اثبتت انني من الانجح لي ان اكون مساعدة بوارو، اود ان اقول مكانه ولكن نتواضع قليلا :P
تم بحمدالله اكتشاف المجرم بعد وقوع الجريمة بعدة صفحات، واكتشتف ٪ من كيفية حدوثها، واخيرا اكتشتف شيئين او لنقل سرين اخفي عن عائلة "لي" .. كم كنت سعيدة عندما انتهيت من الرواية وقد تحققت توقعاتي !
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الرواية تتحدث عن رجل عجوز يطلب من اولاده الحضور لقضاء عيد الميلاد معه.. ولكن يُقتل هذا الجد و اصابع الإتهام تشير إلى الجميع، لأن كل منهم لديه سبب وحجة غياب كافي
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Melissa Veras
Jan 31, 2016 Melissa Veras rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: Amor y Letras
Muy buen libro de Agatha Christie. Este es el segundo que leo de ella, y estoy feliz de saber que ahora es que me faltan libros por leer de esta magnífica autora.

Navidades Trágicas nos cuenta una historia no muy larga, pero con unos personajes fascinantes y, justo lo que esperas de Agatha Christie, un misterio difícil de resolver, que probablemente te dejará con la boca abierta.

Es corto y se lee muy rápido, así que definitivamente lo recomiendo.
Kath
Jan 02, 2016 Kath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
En general me gusto mucho el libro, pero fue el final lo que me enamoró. Fue totalmente inesperado.

Este libro mucho al juego Clue, donde en una casa se produjo un asesinato y hay múltiples sospechosos y hay que descubrir la verdad.
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El detective Poirot es un personaje muy interesante, es una especie de Sherlock Holmes y a mi me encanta sHERLOCK. Desde que lo conocí me encanta la deducción, es maravilloso como ambos personajes deducen grandes cosas de pequeños detalles.


Al final teni
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Hunter Murphy
Dec 26, 2014 Hunter Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Recommended to Hunter by: Agatha Christie reading group
When Agatha Christie is on her game, she has few equals. At points, this book was a solid 5 and at other points a 3.5. The beginning and the end of this book were money. The famous Belgian detective doesn't even appear until more than a quarter of the way through it, but when he does, it's just like Christie says in the book: "Hercule Poirot held his audience under the spell of his personality."

I dog-eared all the references to mustaches, because they were just wonderful. I laughed when two of
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Penélope
I loved it!!!!!! It's amazing.
Sophie Hannah
In many ways this is a very satisfying locked room mystery, but it's not one of the best Poirots because the culprit's identity (no spoilers here!) was a bit disappointing. Can't really say why without giving away too much!
Connie (Ava Catherine)


When multimillionaire Simeon Lee decides to invite his family to celebrate Christmas at his home, suspicions are aroused because Simeon is not the doting family man. Harry, the black sheep of the family, and Pilar, his granddaughter, whom none of them have met are also invited, which only heightens the suspicions of the other family members. It seems that Simeon is playing a deadly, sadistic game with his family members. An unexpected guest arrives, Stephen Farr, who is the son of Simeon Lee's p
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Laurel Young
Jan 11, 2010 Laurel Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is out of order, as Murder for Xmas, aka Holiday for Murder, aka Hercule Poirot's Xmas, was writen in 1939. However, I re-read it every Christmas, so it's fresh in my mind and I may as well review it now. This is one of her greats! Even though she deliberately made it a "bloody" murder per her nephew's request, it's still as "cozy" as can be--a locked-room murder in a fabulous English country manor house. There was a tradition, during her lifetime, of having a "Christie for Christmas"--that ...more
Farzane
ب مجسمه تازه ساخته اش نگاه میکرد و عمیقا معتقد بود چیزی مشکل دارد. بلند شد . اگر الان اینکار را نمیکرد فردا جرئتش را نداشت , مثل اینکه ادم پوست و گوشت خودش را بدرد , دردناک بود . نفس تند و عمیقی کشید و بعد آنرا انداخت توی سطل گل های زائد . هنوز آن درد روحی و جسمی را حس می کرد. با لحن غم انگیزی با خودش گفت : "ناسیکا هم رفت.برنمیگردد.ب دنیا آمد , خراب شد و مرد." چ طور بعضی چیزها بدون اینکه آدم خودش بداند ب ذهن آدم نفوذ میکند . او هرگز ب حرف های موذیانه و خاله زنکی مدل مجسمه ش گوش نمیکرد اما ذهنیت ...more
Shruthi Natarajan
Feb 28, 2015 Shruthi Natarajan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
OH MY GOD!!!!!! POIROTTTTTT!!!!! HOW DO YOU MANAGE THIS??? I PROMISED TO SUSPECT EVERYONE, BUT I STILL GOT CAUGHT? HOW ON EARTH IS AGATHA CHRISTIE SOO GOOD? HONESTLY, I AM REALLY REALLY SHOCKED RIGHT NOW. LIKE ALWAYS. I NEVER GUESS THE MURDERER. EVER. Sorry for the caps, I had to vent it out!!

Christie as usual has made my week a confusion, as now all I will be thinking about is that murder and how Simeon Lee got killed by the most unexpected person. I mean, how does she even do this? She is defi
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Kathryn
Agatha Christies are always light reads, fun (except for the corpse and any of the suspects i.e. most of the cast of characters!) and predictable (even though I rarely guess the murderer, there are certain elements I expect in my Agatha Christies - often a house party, a touch of romance, Hercule Poirot's seemingly strange questions that are at odds with the local police's routine questions, people with more money than sense, people with not much money and still not a lot of sense, and so on).

Th
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Alayne
Jun 04, 2016 Alayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Hoy me desperté tipo once y, esperando a que me dieran ganas de estudiar matemática para el lunes, me puse a pensar en hacía cuánto no leía algo de Agatha Christie . Aburrida como estaba, teniendo este en el celular por ser el que sigue en orden de publicación al último que leí (que es la manera en que los leo), decidí empezarlo y ver qué tal. En un principio no era gran cosa ni parecía serlo. No pasaba tanto y era más la presentación de los personajes que otra cosa, pero estaba bastante embolad
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Suzy
Classic Christie locked room mystery. Didn't see the solving of the murder coming, which of course took place in the manor house with the assembled cast of characters/suspects as Poirot shared his observations and reasoning before the big reveal.

#2 in my 2014 Christmas mystery reading, prompted quite unexpectedly by my reading of The Man With a Load of Mischief.
The Book Satchel
Eccentric evil grouch Simeon Lee wants a family reunion for Christmas. Doting son Alfred, sentimental David, prodigal Harry and spendthrift George thus meet after years. Add to this their doubtful wives and two unexpected guests. A house full of people who don't see eye to eye. And someone thought a cut throat in a locked room will keep the Christmas spirit going.

I loved the twists and turns. Towards the end of the novel there were just too many twists and I really loved the way it was turning o
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Dina
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