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I liked the murder in Christmas theme, and I read it on a December. First, the characters were described one by one and then the long-lost grand daughter takes center stage with the patriarch. It's amazing how all her descriptions give the smallest clues, yet these are the ones that help solve mystery - all under the scrutiny of Hercule Poirot, whom I prefer to Miss Jane Marple. He effectively solves all these murder mysteries with his eye for detail and superior logic.
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A good solid Agatha Christie Poirot novel. I was caught completely off guard by the identity of the murderer, and it really made me think the whole way through.
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I was not expecting this to end up as one of my favorites. My mind would keep flipping from one charater to another and back again thinking they had to have been the murderer. It was a good old mystery. One that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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Bluff and double bluff in this Christie and she explores one of her favourite themes about how people are perceived as their jobs and not as people. The murderer is the last person you would expect. Very satisfying.
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Rich, old Mr Lee has invited all his family back for Christmas, some of whom have not been home for decades. They weren’t a particularly harmonious, indeed, many of them hated each other, but nevertheless they all went home for Christmas. It seemed to go all right for a while, but then Mr Lee was brutally murdered in his own bedchamber. Everyone has a motive, but who killed him? The clues point first one way, then another, and then yet another, until almost all of them are suspects. Hercule Poirot was staying with a police chief constable friend of his, when the murder happens, and both of them go to the aid of the struggling detective inspector who was investigating…As with all Agatha Christie books, this is a baffling mystery with very tightly written prose and very interesting characters. You suspect everyone, but can you guess who was the killer before Hercule Poirot? I think I wasn’t as keen on this as I was on Death on the Nile and Murder on the Orient Express, but then the murder went beyond clever into the realm of the extremely improbable. Still, the book was an enjoyable and intriguing read.
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This was my first Christie in a while, and I think it satisfied my desire for a solid British mystery. The Lee family is home for Christmas and visiting their curmudgeonly old father, Simeon. He's a wealthy man who likes to see his family squabble. On Christmas Eve, Simeon calls his lawyer and mentions that he's ready to change his will. That night, he is brutally murdered in his bedroom. Luckily, Hercule Poirot is in town and begins his witty investigation into the family. People's stories are turned upside down and the story takes a great turn of direction near the end - one that you can almost see coming, but not completely. Good fun, 4 stars.
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Hercule Poirot’s Christmas opens with a gathering of the clan at the ancestral home in the English countryside for a family Christmas celebration. Except this is an Agatha Christie story, so bumps in the night and a bloodcurdling scream are more to be expected. Of course, Miss Christie delivers and the game is afoot!The Lee family is not a close family. In fact some of the members are home for the first time in over 20 years. Gathered at the request of the aging patriarch, Simon, the various brothers and their wives are a simmering brew of resentment, greed and anger. Added to the mix is a half Spanish niece, a visitor from South Africa and various servants. It is no surprise that on Christmas Eve murder is on the menu.Luckily for both the rural police and the readers, Hercule Poirot is spending Christmas with the District Police Superintendent and is on hand to help solve this locked room murder case. Doing what he does best, Poirot interviews the suspects and put the pieces together.Although written as a contemporary piece at the time, Miss Christie has done a marvellous job of capturing a period in history so precisely that the reader is drawn back into that time. With a house full of interesting characters, lots of twists and turns and the anticipated scene where Poirot gathers the suspects and reveals the murderer, Hercule Poirot’s Christmas is an entirely satisfying read.
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A humdinger of a Mystery! Keeps you guessing until the end and I really didn't guess who the murderer was at all. Highly Recommended.
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Simeon Lee's family comes in for Christmas, but it's not long before his body is discovered. It's definitely murder, and it definitely had to be someone who was in the house. The case belongs to Supt. Sugden, but Poirot just happens to be staying at Sugden's superior's home at the time of the murder so he takes a look at the evidence as well. The oldest son Alfred also urges Poirot to investigate as he is not certain of Sugden's ability. Poirot is convinced that the character of the deceased man is the key to this investigation. This mystery kept me guessing until the very end. I really did not see this ending coming. Great mystery, especially for a Christmas one. Although this is set around Christmas, it can be enjoyed anytime.
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Agatha Christie doesn't always play fair. Sometimes she pulls out what I call the "secret wife in Dorsetshire" to bring the mystery to a resolution that the reader couldn't possibly decipher. I feel that's kind of cheating in the mystery genre. This one, however, is not like that. The clues are all there: the question is if you're as clever as Poirot and can piece it out yourself. I read it for the first time in high school (it was probably my first A.C., come to think of it) and it has only improved with time.
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