Hercule Poirot's Christmas (Hercule Poirot Series)

Hercule Poirot's Christmas (Hercule Poirot Series)

by Agatha Christie


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In Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, the holidays are anything but merry when a family reunion is marred by murder—and the notoriously fastidious investigator is quickly on the case.

Christmas Eve, and the Lee family’s reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture and a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies 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. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062074010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Series: Hercule Poirot Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 49,129
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


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Hercule Poirot's Christmas 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 125 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! I couldn't put it down... it's one of those books that makes you WANT to figure it out, and you'll LOVE the ending... shhh. It's a secret, and I can't tell you anything else or the book wouldn't be as FUN! You'll adore Hercule Poirot for his strategy and thinking style. The beginning is at first DIFFERENT, but it all ties in! A TERRIFIC BOOK! Good job, Miss Christie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is classic Agatha Christie. The characters are detailed and natural, the family is relatively dysfunctional, and the reveal is shocking and entertaining. There are the expected clues, the kind that most only see in retrospect. This book plays on the theme of Christmas being a time for family, and family murder, brilliantly. All in all, this is a believable and gripping story. My only complaint is spoiler-related, and doesn't take anything from the story, instead only making it more realistic. I fully recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Agatha Christie.
Daisy44 More than 1 year ago
I have yet to read an Agatha Christie book that I don't really like. Agatha Christie has a way of taking you into the minds and psyche of her characters without giving us full reign. You also get a look at English culture. Her detectives are fabulous observers and clever in winkling information out of suspects without them realizing what they are doing. In this book, Hercule Poirot is the detective and he finds himself helping solve the murder of Mr. Simeon Lee. He finds two people pretending to be someone they are not (how Shakespearean) and two of Mr. Lee's offspring from the "other side of the blanket." Plus he solves the crime. The Belgian detective is highly intuitive and most he meets find him peculiar. Not I. He's sharp. If you like mystery and haven't tried Agatha Christie yet, you really should. She is the cream of the crop. The inspiration to many of today's mystery novelists. Heck, there is a writing award named after her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
<HTML><FONT SIZE=2 PTSIZE=10 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0">This is a classy "who-done-it" by the master, Agatha Christie. Well written, to say the least, I can enthusiastically recommend this fine book. The ending is a whopper of a surprise, for me at least. There are perhaps a bit too many characters to keep track of, but it didn't deter from the enjoyment of the book. Go get it!<BR> <BR> This reviewer is 80 years old, which may help you in evaluating my review.</FONT></HTML>
spr26 More than 1 year ago
agatha strikes gold again
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
A closed room murder, a family gathering at Christmas, and Poirot's little gray cells at work, what more is needed for a good Christmas mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Christie is at her best keeping the reader guessing as to who done it! It always manages to be the least likely. A good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i absolutely loved this book.it is one of my ever favourites.a heart thumping, brain racing, extra+extrordinary novel.
nanaof3 More than 1 year ago
No one does murder better than Agatha Christie and Hercules Poirot's Christmas is testimony to this. In typical Christie fashion, a murder takes place in a houseful of suspects.Everyone, it seems, has a motive but it takes the genius of Hercules Poirot to solve the crime and keep us guessing until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it's typical Agatha Christie. if you like her then this book should be right up your alley
GTTexas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another excellent Christie mystery, and just in time for Christmas!
bookappeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
DeltaQueen50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
babemuffin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 story
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
riverwillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
nakmeister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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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Psychology and logic solve a gruesome and clever crime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so far off in the most in your face clues that I accused AC of being a stupid writer. I never even got close to the real killer. Not even close. Give it a good try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poirot is amazing!! Love the series and the show!
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Enjoyed the book
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