Hercule Poirot's Christmas: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot #20)
Christmas Eve, and the Lee family’s reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture and a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead in a pool of blood, his thr ...more
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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 ...more
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...more
This was fine, but not a favorite Christie. It's a little too god-everyone-is-horrible for me. I preferred the short story that is also Poirot having an old-fashioned English Christmas at a country estate, even it ...more
A locked room murder
The millionaire of the Lee's family is found killed during the holidays.
All his family is over, along with a few unexpected last minute guests.
Or maybe the butler did it.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Christie gives us quite the portrayal of a drama unfolding under the guise of a family gathering. Old Simeon Lee invites all his relatives to stay with him in order to manipulate them for his own amusement, especially through his money, which he holds the strings. However things don't go according to plan when the cripple is found dead. O ...more
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 ...more
A classic whodunit with the victim, a locked room, and a small group of suspects. Patriarch Simeon Lee has gathered his family for the Christmas holiday. There is no cheer or good will here. Simeon Lee made his fortune but now he is an invalid and it seems that his only pleasure is in tormenting his children. They are very dysfunctional family. Look up the term in a dictionary and you just might find the Lee family. On Chris ...more
Oh, you bet it will be, Simeon, you old rich curmudgeon. Children, children, everywhere, and every one a suspect!
But the epigraph, even before we meet him, is telling: “Yet who would have thought the old man to have so much blood in him?” (Lady Macbeth)
This book was written in part as a response to a letter to Christie from her brother-in-law James, who asked her for a “real murder” and no more of these “anemic” killings: “A good v ...more
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.
I enjoyed this book though if I am honest I think I prefer the TV series !
So I love this novel because I was partially able to match the thought processes of the great Hercule Poirot.
There were a lot of twists and turns which made this one an enjoyable read. I was not bored for a minute, especially towards the end of the book. I did think that the ...more
What an absolute surprise though. A wonderful Christmas indeed!
تم بحمدالله اكتشاف المجرم بعد وقوع الجريمة بعدة صفحات، واكتشتف ٧٥٪ من كيفية حدوثها، واخيرا اكتشتف شيئين او لنقل سرين اخفي عن عائلة "لي" .. كم كنت سعيدة عندما انتهيت من الرواية وقد تحققت توقعاتي !
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 ك ...more
العائلات التي وقعت بينها الفرقة خلال السنة تجتمع و تترابط من جديد ، و بناء على ذلك ستبذل مجهودات كثيرة ، فإن الناس الذين لا يربط الود بين قلوبهم سيبذلون جهداً كبيراً لكي يبدوا متحابين ، و بناء على ذلك ، فإن فترة عيد الميلاد تكون قائمة كلها على الرياء.. الرياء الجدير بالاحترام.. الرياء المشروع للسبب الوجيه.. هذا مفهوم ، و لكنه ريا ...more
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.
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Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t ...more