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Hercule Poirot's Christmas

(Hercule Poirot #20)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  49,675 ratings  ·  3,882 reviews
“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
Paperback, Indonesia - cetak ulang cover baru, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2018 (first published December 19th 1938)
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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
Ruby Granger
I haven't read much Agatha Christie but thoroughly enjoyed this. The mystery starts on Christmas Eve and stretches over the Christmas season; however, it's not exactly festive so I don't think you'd have to save reading this for December!

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
Simona B
Feeling bloody christmasy.
*evil laughter*
*embarrassing silence*
daph pink ♡
4.25 ❤

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 !
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
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......

" 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

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
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
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
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
Dave Schaafsma
“It’s going to be a grand Christmas! All my children around me.”

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
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
3.5 stars.

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
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
Vikas Singh
Jun 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sulaf Farhat
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
Katie Lumsden
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one. Poirot at its most fun and smart.
Ivana Books Are Magic
Agatha Christie delivers a grim Christmas tale in this murder mystery. Simon Lee, a tyrannical but interesting patriarch is the villain of the novel. I would call Simon interesting because despite of all his flows, this character seems very lively and is at any rate a well portrayed character- a kind of an endearing sinner. Simon Lee invites his estranged family members to join him for Christmas. They include mostly his estranged sons (and their wives) but there is a single granddaughter Pilar a ...more
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holidays, mystery
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
Always great to revisit a known author, Agatha Christie, get in another Poirot mystery, and confirm to me that I can NEVER guess who the killer is. Ha! But it's always a great ride!

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
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 just love it when Poirot roasts the so-called genteel folk.

“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
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
Stephanie Anze
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
"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

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
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
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
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