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Hercule Poirot's Christmas

(Hercule Poirot #20)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  40,883 ratings  ·  2,916 reviews
In Hercule Poirot's Christmas, the holidays are anything but merry when a family reunion is marred by murder — and the notoriously fastidious investigator is quickly on the case. The wealthy Simeon Lee has demanded that all four of his sons — one faithful, one prodigal, one impecunious, one sensitive — and their wives return home for Christmas. But a heartwarming family ho ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published December 19th 1938)
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Julie
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie is a 1938 publication.

A masterful Golden Age mystery!!

Simeon Lee, a difficult old man, blessed with wealth, but cursed with bad health, has invited his adult children home for the holidays. One might believe the old man has become sentimental and is hoping for a reconciliation and perhaps forgiveness from his family before he passes on.

However, that doesn’t appear to be the case. It would seem that Lee, the host of this less than cheerful gatherin
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Simona B
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Feeling bloody christmasy.
*evil laughter*
*embarrassing silence*
Bionic 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
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 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 wi

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Luffy
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
This is one of these Agatha Christie books where the Dame had not yet been out of ideas. No wonder I rated this novel 5 stars. I read Hercule Poirot's Christmas in French, and the translation by Louis Postif was delightful.

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
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Evgeny
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
It seems to me the book has a strong vibe of the previous one of the series, Appointment with Death. Once again it was very much obvious from he beginning of chapter 2 who would be killed: the person who really kept asking for this.
Al Bundy

A tyrannical and wealthy father Simeon Lee invited all his estranged children (and a grandchild in one case) to spend a Christmas in their former home implying that he softened up somewhat and this invitation would be an olive branch, so to speak.
Olive branch
Everybody came and
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Adrian
Well, I was meant to read this in the run up to Christmas, but my reading tailed off as we got nearer Christmas, due to the necessity of fetching family members from stations and airports, and so Poirot's Christmas was rescheduled to the New Year :-)

In the end despite the delay, it was a very enjoyable read. I have at the moment given it 4 stars but I am deliberating on whether that should be 5 stars.

Sometimes in Poirot's books the clues that Poirot follows are deeply buried and I often miss the
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Werner
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All traditional mystery fans
Conniving, lecherous, vindictive self-server, cheating husband, verbally and emotionally abusive father, family tyrant --wealthy old Simeon Lee, by his own admission, is an impenitent liar and thief, described by one of his own sons as "the old devil." As a member of the human race, he doesn't have much to commend him, except for his money. But there's a LOT of that; he made his pile (probably shadily) in South Africa as a young man, prospecting for diamonds, and vastly added to it since by inve ...more
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
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Carolyn
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a classic Agatha Christie!

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
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Brenda
Invalid Simeon Lee was a wealthy man – his lifetime accumulation of his wealth was well known; but he wasn’t a man who was liked, especially by his family. His eldest son, Albert and his wife had cared for the old man in the old mausoleum they called home, always doing the old man’s bidding. But when Simeon decided to call his sons and their wives home for Christmas, no one could know what was about to occur.

As the family gathered on Christmas Eve, the bickering and hatred flowed through the hou
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Vikas Singh
Jun 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned-book
Average plot which seems to drag on and on at some places. In typical Christie fashion there are too many suspects and everyone seems to have a motive to kill. Poirot's deductions are weak and there are just too many coincidences. A boring novel
Katie Lumsden
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one. Poirot at its most fun and smart.
Mir
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
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
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Piyangie
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic-mystery
This is one of the most ingenious plots in the Poirot series. At the 20th installment, Agatha Christie had still managed to keep up the sparkle of the series. Poirot, now; the little old Belgian detective is still in his supreme element.

The story is one which shows Poirot's brilliancy as a detective. His analytical mind and power of observation were the instruments that helped to uncover the mystery behind the murder and apprehend the criminal. This is one story that took me completely by surpr
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Sulaf Farhat
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe, after reading 40+ books by Christie, how they're still able to engage, interest and entertain me this much. Regardless of some oddities here and there, I loved the mystery and the characters, even though I was able to predict the culprit relatively early. Comfort reading at its best!
Ammar
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.
Melissa Rose
Since it is still technically the Christmas season, I felt like picking up Christmas-themed mystery (because nothing says Merry Christmas like a gory murder). I chose Hercule Poirot's Christmas because I read Hallowe'en Party late last year, and desired to read more from Agatha Christie's famous series. I was utterly blown away by the book.

First off, unlike Hallowe'en Party, Christmas was a 'closed-room' mystery, which grabbed my attention on page one and did not let go until the end.

However, tr
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Stephanie Anze
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
"There is at Christmas time a great deal of hypocrisy, honourable hypocrisy, hypocrisy undertaken pour le bon motif, c'est entendu, but nevertheless hypocrisy."

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
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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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Wanda
What does one get M. Poirot for Christmas? A bloody good murder, that’s what!

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
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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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Cherie
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A millionaire father gathers his 4 sons (and their wives) home for a Christmas family gathering. They are a very broken family and most of siblings have not spoken to each other or their father for years, due to the father's abusive personality. The father suddenly announced to his children that he is changing his will, and hours later the father is mysteriously murdered. Hercule Poirot helps solve the mystery. All 4 sons and their spouses each had motive. I have read Murder on the Orient Expres ...more
Veronique
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
"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
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Bill Lynas
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
✨Susan✨
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, audible
As always AC is a great storyteller. This Christmas mystery was good but IMHO a bit chopped up, and the reveal was to abrupt.
F.R.
Dec 23, 2010 rated it liked it
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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Peter Monn
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Soooooo good. A real mystery. Check out my full review on my booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/peterlikesbooks ...more
classic reverie
The first time I read Agatha Christie was when I was in my mid twenties & I was first married. My husband's grandmother had a fondness for Christie. Though I never met her I was given a Christie book of hers to read and like her I loved reading her books which then I actively looked for the paperback edition to read. About five years ago, I read a couple of her earlier books & I have been wanting to read her again and it being Christmastime it was perfect for "Hercule Poirot's Christmas." I enjo ...more
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