Hercule Poirot's Christmas
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This is a locked room murder where a wealthy patriarch dies in gruesome circumstances. There isn't a lack of suspects or red herrings. The author kept her cards close to her chest and surprised us readers since this book has been published.
Personally I rate this book very high ...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 wreak 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
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
A nasty old man, his mostly estranged family bearing many a grudge, brought together with a smattering of servants and unexpected guests for a very dysfunctional Christmas in the family mansion. When the old man inevitably ends up dead and some precious jewels go missing there are any number of suspects for the police and Hercule Poirot to investigate. Of course Monsieur Poirot's little grey cells will quickly sort out the truth from the lies and secrets a ...more
As the family gathered on Christmas Eve, the bickering and hatred flowed through the hou ...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.
The Lee family is spending Christmas together after years of not all being under the same roof. The patriarch, Simeon Lee, has summoned all four of his sons (Albert, George, David and Harry along with their respective spouses) along with Pilar, his granddaughter from his now defunct daughter Jennifer. Rather than have an amicable get-toge ...more
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
I love watching the skillful set-up in Agatha Christie’s books—the details that she lovingly points out to us, designed to lead our thinking astray! An excellent red herring meant I was looking the wrong direction when M. Poirot did his big reveal. I was so sure that I had spotted the killer that I didn’t pay attention to anyone else! (Christie – 7, Wanda – 2 so far in my reading of her oeuvre).
The murder victim is deli ...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
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
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
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
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.
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Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote 66 crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in t ...more