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Hercule Poirot's Christmas - Pembunuhan di Malam Natal (Hercule Poirot #20)

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"Laki-laki tua yang lemah seperti ini, begitu kurus, kering tetapi dalam kematiannya begitu banyak darah…" Suara Hercule Poirot menghilang. Si tua Simeon Lee mengundang seluruh keluarganya untuk bersama-sama merayakan Natal di Gorston Hall. Dia menciptakan hiburan bagi dirinya sendiri dengan mempermainkan nafsu serakah mereka. Permainan ini ternyata mengusik kekuatan dan n ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published 1999 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published December 19th 1938)
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Simona Bartolotta
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Feeling bloody christmasy.
*evil laughter*
*embarrassing silence*
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
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......

" 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

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
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, holidays
I read the 1939 edition of this book (thanks, library!) which is titled "Murder for Christmas." I see why they changed that, as there are a million books of the same name. I guess a lot of people fantasize about murdering their family members. In Simeon Lee's case, it's easy to see why.

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
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
شاید یکی دو قسمت از فیلم های کارگاه پوآرو رو دیده باشم ولی به زور جزئیاتش یادم مونده اما خود شخصیت پوآرو رو خوب یادمه که آدم تیز و بامزه و مرموز و خوش تیپی بود که به طرز لباس پوشیدن خودش و بقیه هم خیلی دقت میکرد و علاوه بر این فرعیات ، خیلی خوب مچ قاتل ها رو میگرفت و دست زیرک ترین هاشون رو هم به سادگی با ذهن باز و خلاقش رو میکرد . توی این داستان اصلا فکرشم نمیکردم قاتل کی میتونه باشه ، داستان کاملا پیچیده با جزئیاتی که به سختی میشد به کسی گفت قاتل پیرمردن و آخر کتاب به قلم و ذهن آگاتا کریستی درو ...more
I wouldn't have expected less from the Queen of Crime. Enjoyable holiday read from the formidable Agatha Christie.

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
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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Jan 31, 2015
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, cozy-mystery
As always AC is a great storyteller. This Christmas mystery was good but IMHO a bit chopped up, and the reveal was to abrupt.
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
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There is at Christmas time a great deal of hypocrisy, honourable hypocrisy, hypocrisy undertaken pour le bon motif, c'est entendu, but nevertheless hypocrisy!”

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
Dec 23, 2010 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
"Who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?"

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
Bill Lynas
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Christmas time & for Hercule Poirot that can only mean three things.....a mansion, a murder & plenty of suspects. There are times in this novel when interviewing the suspects becomes a little repetitive & plodding. When the way the murder was committed is explained it seems a bit over elaborate for my taste. Yet despite these criticisms it's yet another entertaining read from Christie. Happy Christmas, mon amie.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Agatha Christie is a flippin' genius.
Peter Monn
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soooooo good. A real mystery. Check out my full review on my booktube channel at
David Schaafsma
“It’s going to be a grand Christmas! All my children around me.”

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
Dec 12, 2012 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.

Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic Agatha Christie mystery tale! Apart from the dates used it has very little to do with Christmas, however it was a very entertaining and enjoyable read. If, like me everyone has seen David Suchet play Poirot then it is almost impossible not to " hear" him speak the dialogue, especially at the end. The conclusion in the true typical Agatha Christie fashion, was intriguing.
I enjoyed this book though if I am honest I think I prefer the TV series !
Nandakishore Varma
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.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cozy, well crafted mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I got no Christmas vibe from it. As always Christie managed to provide as with a fun book.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family get-together is smashed when the oppressive Simeon Lee is discovered dead in a pool of blood, his throat sliced. At the point when Hercule Poirot offers to help, he finds an environment not of grieving but rather of shared doubt. It appears everybody had their own motivation to detest the old man.

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
Raoofa Ibrahim
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, dead-authors
اظن انني اضعت ٤ 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 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
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!
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Ali Alghanim
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* ان عيد الميلاد يسود فيه السلام و الوئام ، و معنى هذا أن الصلح يتم بين المتخاصمين و أن المختلفين في الرأي يتوافقون من جديد و لو مؤقتاً. الفترة المناسبة لدفن العداوات.

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
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

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
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