Hercule Poirot's Christmas
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
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/com...(less) (hide spoiler)]
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 ...more
As with her other books, it's really fast-paced and dialogue-heavy. All backstories and evidence come from the mouths of characters, as opposed to an omnipresent narrator, which means you can't quite be sure of anything (even right at the very beginning where Ly ...more
November 2020- book 26
(I don't review her books, never could because honestly I will be bias because I love her. )
For all who don't know , I am in love with Agatha Christie ever since I started reading her books( 5 years ago) and I planned to read a book of her each month(hopefully) so that I don't run out of her books ! ...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 wi...more
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
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 ...more
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.
Everybody came and ...more
Oh, you can 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) (should Christie have posted a spoiler alert prior to the quote?!)
This book was written in part as a response to a letter to Christie from her brother-in-law James, who asked he ...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
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 ...more
Surely nothing says Christmas like a good old murder from the queen of crime. Simeon Lee, grumpy multimillionaire, has gathered all of his estranged sons together for a good old family Christmas. Except things don't exactly go to plan, as Simeon is brutally murdered in his locked room. Who could possibly be the killer? Leave it to our favourite Belgian detective to find out.
I actually brought this would be more Christmassy than it was. Aside from gathering the family together over th ...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
Simeon Lee is a wealthy, cranky, old man. It's a few days before Christmas and he has called all his remaining family members to his house for the holidays. One by one they assemble, most of which are not happy about this. He wants to toy with his family about inheriting his fortune. He spews nasty remarks constantly ...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. ...more
“That was stupid; but you are, if you will pardon my saying so, rather a stupid man!”
Hercule Poirot's Christmas is the perfect holiday comfort read. It has many of Christie's classic trademarks: wealthy family, dispute amongst relatives, a will, despotic head of the family, sibling tiffs, red-herrings, some Shakespeare references, a creepy male relative eying up his young female relation (okay, maybe I could have done without this la ...more
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 ...more
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
|El Club Matilda: Cuarta y quinta parte||12||27||Jan 21, 2021 01:32AM|
|El Club Matilda: Tercera parte||12||27||Jan 03, 2021 09:42AM|
|El Club Matilda: Primera y segunda parte||14||35||Jan 03, 2021 07:50AM|
|English Mysteries...: December Group Read - Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie||54||61||Jan 03, 2021 03:45AM|
|Verbeelding Bookclub: Decemberboek: Kerst met Poirot van Agatha Christie||19||31||Dec 29, 2020 01:21PM|
|Play Book Tag: Hercule Poirot's Christmas - Agatha Christie (4 stars)||1||6||Dec 05, 2020 05:58PM|
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