I’m on a quest to read every last one of the books by the Queen of Crime, the dame herself. So I course I snuck Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie into my HoHoHo Readathon books.Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
Published by Harper on 19 Dec 1938
Genres: cosy mystery, Crime, Mystery & Detective
It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture, followed by a high-pitched wailing scream. The tyrannical Simeon Lee has been murdered, and Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate.
Motives for Murder:
A fortune in uncut diamonds, hidden by an eccentric old man
A woman's love, too freely given
A business empire built on ruthlessness
Each of them may have been a motive for the brutal slaying of wealthy old Simeon Lee. Coupled with Lee's family, each member of which hated him and wished to see him dead, they presented Hercule Poirot with a baffling challenge--one which the astute detective solved only through his uncanny ability to see "the little things."
My thoughts on Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
– A holly jolly Christmas read with happy families singing carols around the Christmas tree
– Poirot to be in a festive mood. He seems to be a bit of a grinch. A realist maybe. But there is grinch tones.
“There is at Christmas time a great deal of hypocrisy, honourable hypocrisy, hypocrisy undertaken pour le bon motif, c’est entendu, but nevertheless hypocrisy!”
– a gory murder with gallons of blood spilt
– a feuding family
– a house full of suspects, each with a motive
– lots of moustaches
– a perfectly planned plot
– to get annoyed with Poirot when he states how everything points to one solution, and you are staring blankly at your book wondering if you missed a few pages along the way.
– a totally unexpected culprit
– a debate about central heating versus wood fires
– lots of dialogue (nb – pay attention to the dialogue)
– a very satisfying read
Overall huge thumbs up. I’ll never love Poirot as much as I do crafty Miss Marple but I do enjoy his large opinion on himself and his impressive little grey cells that know everything.
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Who should read Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie?
If you’ve enjoyed Agatha Christie before then you won’t need any recommendations from me, you’ll know she is master plot planner. If you haven’t read one before, I’d suggest you start with And Then There Were None as that is my favourite so far. Also if you love mysteries but have dismissed these books as stuffy and old-fashioned, you should try one and let AC woo you in to her massive fan base
Talk to Trish: Do you read Agatha Christie books? What is your favourite one? What do you think about Poirot’s thoughts on Christmas?