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The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding

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Agatha Christie’s seasonal Poirot short story.

First came a sinister warning to Poirot not to eat any plum pudding… then the discovery of a corpse in a chest… next, an overheard quarrel that led to murder… the strange case of the dead man who altered his eating habits… and the puzzle of the victim who dreamt his own suicide.

What links these five baffling cases? The little grey cells of Monsieur Hercule Poirot!
Agatha Christie’s seasonal Poirot short story.

First came a sinister warning to Poirot not to eat any plum pudding… then the discovery of a corpse in a chest… next, an overheard quarrel that led to murder… the strange case of the dead man who altered his eating habits… and the puzzle of the victim who dreamt his own suicide.

What links these five baffling cases? The little grey cells of Monsieur Hercule Poirot!

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Published by: HarperCollinsPublishersUK on Dec 09, 2013
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An imprint of HarperCollins
Publishers
77–85 Fulham Palace RoadHammersmith, London W6 8JBwww.harpercollins.co.uk This
 Agatha Christie Signature Edition
 published 20028First published in Great Britain byCollins 1960Copyright
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1960 Agatha Christie Limited(a Chorion company). All rights reserved.www.agathachristie.comISBN 13: 978 0 00 712108 3Typeset by Palimpsest Book Production Limited,Grangemouth, StirlingshirePrinted and bound in Great Britain byClays Ltd, St Ives plcAll rights reserved. No part of this publication may bereproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted,in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical,photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the priorpermission of the publishers.This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not,by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out orotherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consentin any form of binding or cover other than that in which itis published and without a similar condition including thiscondition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.
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Foreword
By Agatha Christie
This book of Christmas fare may be described as ‘TheChef’s Selection’. I am the Chef!There are two main courses: The Adventure of theChristmas Pudding and The Mystery of the SpanishChest; a selection of Entre´es: Greenshaw’s Folly, TheDream and The Under Dog, and a Sorbet: Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds.The Mystery of the Spanish Chest may be described asa Hercule Poirot Special. It is a case in which he considershe was at his best! Miss Marple, in her turn, has alwaysbeen pleased with her perspicuity in Greenshaw’s Folly.The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding is an indul-gence of my own, since it recalls to me, very pleasurably,the Christmases of my youth. After my father’s death, mymother and I always spent Christmas with my brother-in-law’s family in the north of England – and what superbChristmases they were for a child to remember! Abney7

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