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It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered when the tyrannical Simeon Lee is found dead in a pool of blood, his throat slashed. When Hercule Poirot offers to assist, he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion. It seems everyone had their own reason to hate the old man.

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I just finished re-reading this & found that even though I recalled who did it, I enjoyed it as much as I remembered. Christie did a wonderful job of placing all the necessary clues for the reader without making the solution obvious.more
There were well-duh moments in the revelations, but still, I'm such an idiot not to have guessed the real murderer. As usual, Agatha Christie is as entertaining as ever.more
I tend to read Agatha's books a bit more carefully than I read most mysteries. The smallest clues are the most revealing, and every detail is important.When I reached the end of [Hercule Poirot's Christmas], once again I was surprised (this is as close to a spoiler as you will get from me). And yet, it made perfect sense. As I thought back, I could see there had been plenty of clues and telling details.While murder and holidays do not ideally go together, this is a "must read" for all mystery lovers.more
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.more
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.more
No one can throw red herrings like Agatha Christie and this holiday-timed closed-room murder mystery is no exception but the method and motive for the crime ultimately were unsatisfying.more
A rare family Christmas gathering in the home of wealthy invalid Simeon Lee ends in murder. Fortunately, Hercule Poirot is on hand to unofficially consult with the local police. Once again, Poirot's little gray cells are up to the task of identifying a murderer.The country estate is a typical Christie setting, but this isn't one of her best mysteries. I had read the book before, but it was so long ago that I didn't remember any of the details of the book or the identity of the murderer. Christie is usually a master at misdirecting the reader's attention from important facts and clues, but this time she didn't hide them as well as usual. The killer and motive were obvious to me well before Poirot explained the solution. I enjoyed the book, but it will never be one of my favorites, and it's not one I'll be in a hurry to re-read. Christie completists will want to read this one, but readers new to Christie should start elsewhere.more
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.more
Another excellent Christie mystery, and just in time for Christmas!more
Christmas is the time for family gatherings, but, as Hercule Poirot points out to his host the Chief Constable, they are often fraught with tension. And families now, families who have been separated throughout the year, assemble once more together. Now under these conditions, my friend, you must admit that there will occur a great amount of strain. People who do not feel amiable are putting great pressure on themselves to appear amiable. There is at Christmas time a great deal of hypocrisy, honourable hypocrisy, hypocrisy undertaken pour le bon motif, c'est entendu, but nevertheless hypocrisy. ........ I am pointing out to you that under these conditions - mental strain, physical malaise - it is highly probable thta dislikes that were before merely mild and disagreements that were trivial might suddently assume a more serious character.Simeon Lee gathers his family around him for Christmas, including his black sheep of a son Harry, whom everyone had assumed (or hoped) was either dead or in gaol somewhere. His granddaughter Pilar, whose mother had died the previous year, turns up as does the son of his old mining partner in South Africa.On Christmas Eve Simeon Lord signs his death warrant by telling his collected family that he is about to change his will. "Your mother had the brains of a louse! And it seems to me that she transmitted those brains to her children!". He raised himself up suddenly. A red spot appeared on each cheek. His voice came high and shrill. "You're not worth a penny piece, any of you! I'm sick of you all! You are not men! You're weaklings - a set of nanmby-pamby weaklings. Pilar's worth any two of you put together! I'll swear to heaven I've got a better son somewhere in the world than any of you, even if you are born on the right side of the blanket. "This is a locked room mystery. There are plenty of suspects. Simeon Lord is found with his throat cut on the other side of a door with the key on the inside.I was struck right from the beginning with how Agatha Christie carefully describes the physical appearance of each of the characters. And indeed Poirot pays considerable attention to the portraits of each of the family members in the portrait gallery.Several times the reader is given an update of the progress of the investigation, so we are given most of the information that Inspector Sugden, the police officer in charge of the case, has as well as Poirot's thinking. In the end though, of course, it is Poirot who comes up with the explanation.A great read, particularly at this time of the year.more
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.more
The Christmas season is not the time for good cheer, in fact it is a murderous season. Simeon Lee's puzzling murder (a closed door, a wail from hell, lots of blood, and seemingly no means of escape for the murderer) puts each his family members under suspicion. Money? Power? Revenge? Who killed him ... and how?

Poirot comes in and gives us another surprising solution to the mystery. The clue: the character of the man murdered.

more
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.more
Ooh... the suspense!! Who killed old Simeon Lee? He died in his room which was locked from the inside. There were signs of terrific struggles, furnitures overturned, broken vases on the floor, and most horrific of all 'blood was splashed all round'.Was it the boring but loyal son? the prodigal son? the newfound foreigner grand-daughter? As always, Hercule Poirot with his little grey cells astounded all! Agatha Christie led me on a merry chase (on a tangent) which thew me completely off the scent.I love the description of the sceneries & characters. I was completely captured in the storymore
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.more
This was an entertaining novel with several twists at the end and it pretty much fooled me completely. It was very satisfying because Dame Agatha played entirely fair—in retrospect you could see the clues she cleverly set out for the reader so you couldn’t cry “foul!”more
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.more
Monsieur Poirot delivers the goods, to no one's surprise. Christie does likewise. A good time is had by all, except of course the victim and the murderer.more
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.more
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I just finished re-reading this & found that even though I recalled who did it, I enjoyed it as much as I remembered. Christie did a wonderful job of placing all the necessary clues for the reader without making the solution obvious.more
There were well-duh moments in the revelations, but still, I'm such an idiot not to have guessed the real murderer. As usual, Agatha Christie is as entertaining as ever.more
I tend to read Agatha's books a bit more carefully than I read most mysteries. The smallest clues are the most revealing, and every detail is important.When I reached the end of [Hercule Poirot's Christmas], once again I was surprised (this is as close to a spoiler as you will get from me). And yet, it made perfect sense. As I thought back, I could see there had been plenty of clues and telling details.While murder and holidays do not ideally go together, this is a "must read" for all mystery lovers.more
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.more
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.more
No one can throw red herrings like Agatha Christie and this holiday-timed closed-room murder mystery is no exception but the method and motive for the crime ultimately were unsatisfying.more
A rare family Christmas gathering in the home of wealthy invalid Simeon Lee ends in murder. Fortunately, Hercule Poirot is on hand to unofficially consult with the local police. Once again, Poirot's little gray cells are up to the task of identifying a murderer.The country estate is a typical Christie setting, but this isn't one of her best mysteries. I had read the book before, but it was so long ago that I didn't remember any of the details of the book or the identity of the murderer. Christie is usually a master at misdirecting the reader's attention from important facts and clues, but this time she didn't hide them as well as usual. The killer and motive were obvious to me well before Poirot explained the solution. I enjoyed the book, but it will never be one of my favorites, and it's not one I'll be in a hurry to re-read. Christie completists will want to read this one, but readers new to Christie should start elsewhere.more
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.more
Another excellent Christie mystery, and just in time for Christmas!more
Christmas is the time for family gatherings, but, as Hercule Poirot points out to his host the Chief Constable, they are often fraught with tension. And families now, families who have been separated throughout the year, assemble once more together. Now under these conditions, my friend, you must admit that there will occur a great amount of strain. People who do not feel amiable are putting great pressure on themselves to appear amiable. There is at Christmas time a great deal of hypocrisy, honourable hypocrisy, hypocrisy undertaken pour le bon motif, c'est entendu, but nevertheless hypocrisy. ........ I am pointing out to you that under these conditions - mental strain, physical malaise - it is highly probable thta dislikes that were before merely mild and disagreements that were trivial might suddently assume a more serious character.Simeon Lee gathers his family around him for Christmas, including his black sheep of a son Harry, whom everyone had assumed (or hoped) was either dead or in gaol somewhere. His granddaughter Pilar, whose mother had died the previous year, turns up as does the son of his old mining partner in South Africa.On Christmas Eve Simeon Lord signs his death warrant by telling his collected family that he is about to change his will. "Your mother had the brains of a louse! And it seems to me that she transmitted those brains to her children!". He raised himself up suddenly. A red spot appeared on each cheek. His voice came high and shrill. "You're not worth a penny piece, any of you! I'm sick of you all! You are not men! You're weaklings - a set of nanmby-pamby weaklings. Pilar's worth any two of you put together! I'll swear to heaven I've got a better son somewhere in the world than any of you, even if you are born on the right side of the blanket. "This is a locked room mystery. There are plenty of suspects. Simeon Lord is found with his throat cut on the other side of a door with the key on the inside.I was struck right from the beginning with how Agatha Christie carefully describes the physical appearance of each of the characters. And indeed Poirot pays considerable attention to the portraits of each of the family members in the portrait gallery.Several times the reader is given an update of the progress of the investigation, so we are given most of the information that Inspector Sugden, the police officer in charge of the case, has as well as Poirot's thinking. In the end though, of course, it is Poirot who comes up with the explanation.A great read, particularly at this time of the year.more
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.more
The Christmas season is not the time for good cheer, in fact it is a murderous season. Simeon Lee's puzzling murder (a closed door, a wail from hell, lots of blood, and seemingly no means of escape for the murderer) puts each his family members under suspicion. Money? Power? Revenge? Who killed him ... and how?

Poirot comes in and gives us another surprising solution to the mystery. The clue: the character of the man murdered.

more
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.more
Ooh... the suspense!! Who killed old Simeon Lee? He died in his room which was locked from the inside. There were signs of terrific struggles, furnitures overturned, broken vases on the floor, and most horrific of all 'blood was splashed all round'.Was it the boring but loyal son? the prodigal son? the newfound foreigner grand-daughter? As always, Hercule Poirot with his little grey cells astounded all! Agatha Christie led me on a merry chase (on a tangent) which thew me completely off the scent.I love the description of the sceneries & characters. I was completely captured in the storymore
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.more
This was an entertaining novel with several twists at the end and it pretty much fooled me completely. It was very satisfying because Dame Agatha played entirely fair—in retrospect you could see the clues she cleverly set out for the reader so you couldn’t cry “foul!”more
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.more
Monsieur Poirot delivers the goods, to no one's surprise. Christie does likewise. A good time is had by all, except of course the victim and the murderer.more
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.more
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