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  1. Julie Julie says:

    Hercule Poirot s Christmas by Agatha Christie is a 1938 publication A masterful Golden Age mystery Simeon Lee, a difficult old man, blessed with wealth, but cursed with bad health, has invited his adult children home for the holidays One might believe the old man has become sentimental and is hoping for a reconciliation and perhaps forgiveness from his family before he passes on However, that doesn t appear to be the case It would seem that Lee, the host of this less than cheerful gatherin Hercule Poirot s Christmas by Agatha Christie is a 1938 publication A masterful Golden Age mystery Simeon Lee, a difficult old man, blessed with wealth, but cursed with bad health, has invited his adult children home for the holidays One might believe the old man has become sentimental and is hoping for a reconciliation and perhaps forgiveness from his family before he passes on However, that doesn t appear to be the case It would seem that Lee, the host of this less than cheerful gathering, is playing some dastardly tricks on the people who hope to inherit his fortune Unfortunately, his game backfires horribly, leaving investigators with a house full of suspects and a puzzling locked room mystery on their hands Thankfully, Hercule Poirot has kindly offered his assistance in solving the case Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him When I was younger, if I were to grab an Agatha Christie novel, for some reason, I always chose a Miss Marple mystery But, over the years Hercule Poirot became my favorite of Christie s detectives However, there are still many books in this series I have yet to read and this was one of them While I understand that some aficionados have suggested it might be wise to read Three Act Tragedy or Murder in Three Acts , before reading this one, but I wanted to read a holiday themed mystery so I skipped way ahead I honestly don t think it really matters what order you read them in but purists will be purists and I m just in this for the fun so Christie s trademark twists kept me on my toes in this solid whodunit locked room mystery I didn t figure out who the murderer was and loved the clever red herrings Christie used I also enjoyed her tongue in cheek humor, poking fun at her own tendency to avoid too much graphic violence and her slight sarcasm about locked room mysteries, carefully avoiding any insult to the reader s intelligence Although I thought Poirot was maybe a bit subdued in this installment, I can t think of a better way to wind up my 2019 holiday reading than with a solid Golden Age mystery written by the queen of crime herself 4 stars


  2. Simona Bartolotta Simona Bartolotta says:

    Feeling bloody christmasy evil laughter embarrassing silence


  3. Bionic Jean Bionic Jean says:

    Hercule Poirot s Christmas is a detective novel, written in 1938 by the so called Queen of Crime , Agatha Christie It is the 20th book in the canon of 45 featuring the diminutive Belgian detective whom she invented If you tend to lose track as to which Poirot novels you have read, it may be helpful to note that Hercule Poirot s Christmas was published in the USA a year later, under the titleMurder for Christmas , and again underwent a change of title in 1947 a paperback version then being Hercule Poirot s Christmas is a detective novel, written in 1938 by the so called Queen of Crime , Agatha Christie It is the 20th book in the canon of 45 featuring the diminutive Belgian detective whom she invented If you tend to lose track as to which Poirot novels you have read, it may be helpful to note that Hercule Poirot s Christmas was published in the USA a year later, under the titleMurder for Christmas , and again underwent a change of title in 1947 a paperback version then being entitledA Holiday for Murder .Agatha Christie was well into her stride by now, and this is a fairly typical mystery for her, of the locked room variety In the introduction she states that she had been asked to writea good violent murder with lots of blood , since her readers at that time felt that the murders in her novels were getting too refined and abstract There is certainly a lot of blood in this one, although the story itself is stillof a jigsaw puzzle to use an analogy made by one of the characters than anything else, and the copious amount of blood view spoiler proves to be a bit of a red herring hide spoiler It also feels a little tired There is no life to Hercule Poirot himself no depth, or even lively characterisation In the early novels, which feature his good friend Captain Hastings, there is a dynamism about such a chalk and cheese relationship We watch gleefully as Poirot uses Hastings as his sounding board, and frequently inadvertently as his straight man In these Poirot speaks English only in a rudimentary fashion, and does not appear to care how his intellectual arrogance appears to strangers We constantly see his gaffes smoothed over by the genial Hastings By the time of Hercule Poirot s Christmas though, Poirot comes across merely as a mouthpiece for certain theories or ideas, or as one critic at the time put it, as acolourless expert .The story is set in a country house, the home of the elderly Simeon Lee, a multi millionaire who has amassed his fortune by means of a ruthless business empire Hated by nearly all the members of his family for his selfishness and cruelty, this eccentric patriarch has unexpectedly invited each of them to a family gathering at his home for Christmas Most of the family have not been on good terms with each other for many years They are therefore both uneasy about Simeon Lee s motives, and also suspicious of their fellow guests We are introduced to each of the three sons and their wives in turn There are Alfred and Lydia Lee, George and Magdalen Lee, and David and Hilda Lee All six are poles apart in terms of what they want out of life, and most have a history of spiteful or petty attitudes All they seem to have in common is what they see as their unfair treatment by their father They are then all equally shocked by the invitation of a fourth son, Harry We gather that Harry is in disgrace, and had been banished from the family for some time Another surprise for everybody is the arrival of Simeon s granddaughter, Pilar Estravados, whom nobody has ever met before It is quite clear that Simeon Lee relishes the prospect of playing a sadistic game with his family s emotions, and that any idea of reconciliation could not be further from his mind The guests keep arriving Tresillian the butler a doddery character with a welcome smattering of humour is confused by a further unexpected guest Stephen Farr, the son of Simeon Lee s former partner in the diamond mines, turns up on the doorstep By the middle of the book we see that every single character is uneasily walking on tiptoe round the others, and apparently in dread of whatever Simeon Lee has up his sleeve.We see here some of Agatha Christie s favourite themes There is a family who are all at loggerheads with each other, trapped together in a mansion for a short but finite space of time There are heightened emotions very near the surface jealousy, resentment, ambition and avarice, all held by a group of suspects many of whom are keen to conceal their past The whole is well set up for the murder, which occurs halfway through the book, our favourite detective only entering at that point We are aware of several questions Who killed the victim How were they killed inside a locked room view spoiler Was the murder connected with the theft of the diamonds And what is the significance of the small bit of rubber and a small object made of wood hide spoiler Hercule Poirot then proceeds to prove point by point that each of the family had not only a good motive for killing the victim, but also ample opportunity There is confrontation, and a surprise denouement where the murderer proves to be the person least suspected, followed by a closing scene, where the reader is told what happens to each of the characters It s all a bit ho hum.A quotation fromMacbeth , Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in himappears as an epigram at the start of the novel It is then used by one of the characters on discovering the corpse, and repeated several timesduring the course of the novel It is almost as if Agatha Christie has taken this a motif, and worked a plot a procedural mystery using her regular pattern around it In this kind of detective novel, the interest lies almost entirely with the ability to accurately and logically deduce the answer from recorded facts, within a drama played out by characters we recognise as believeable human beings The fewer elements of luck or coincidence employed the better This mystery contains rather too many.It has to be said though, that the actual device for the murder itself is ingenious both devious and clever The scene is dramatic, with the view spoiler crashing of furniture, followed by a wailing and hideous scream, before the body is revealed to have its throat slit, and to be lying in a great pool of blood One clue, a small triangle of rubber and a peg, also involves a double bluff, hide spoiler so that the reader is unlikely to guess correctly As one critic said,Agatha Christie onceabandonedly dangles the murderer before our eyes and successfully defies us to see himIf read in tandem with the actual dates over Christmas, Hercule Poirot s Christmas is quite an undemanding and entertaining Christmas read Interestingly, this novel has exactly the same premise as its immediate predecessor,Appointment with Death , in that view spoiler the victim a parent was a sadistic tyrant, whose nature led directly to their murder hide spoiler Agatha Christie was also to use this theme again inCrooked House 1949 andOrdeal by Innocence1958.However I do feel that the Dame cheated somewhat It is not merely that she broke one of the major rules of detective writing, in her choice of perpetrator After all she had done that before in a different way quite brilliantly with her early novelThe Murder of Roger AckroydBut here she has view spoiler no less than three characters, all of whom quite independently were not who they appeared to be hide spoiler Surely that is excessive and unbelievable There is something here some violence He stopped a minute, then went on Yes that is it violenceAnd blood an insistence on bloodThere is how shall I put it there is too much blood Blood on the chairs, on the tables, on the carpetThe blood ritual Sacrificial blood Is that it


  4. Carol Carol says:

    4 Stars Guess Who s Coming For Christmas The family s all been invited to Gorston Hall for Christmas and the devilish and domineering old coot Simeon Lee has a trick up his sleeve plus two surprise guests to wreak havoc and add to the fun until the big crash and thenthe scream from the souls of helland then Bloodso much bloodblood everywherefresh, wet, gleaming blood Oh, this is a good one Superintendent Sugden has his work cut out for him, but wi 4 Stars Guess Who s Coming For Christmas The family s all been invited to Gorston Hall for Christmas and the devilish and domineering old coot Simeon Lee has a trick up his sleeve plus two surprise guests to wreak havoc and add to the fun until the big crash and thenthe scream from the souls of helland then Bloodso much bloodblood everywherefresh, wet, gleaming blood Oh, this is a good one Superintendent Sugden has his work cut out for him, but with the expertise of Hercule Poirot, they make quick work of the interviews to sleuth out the culprit.Thank you Agatha Christie adding this one to my favorites Fast moving with a few good twists along the way


  5. Luffy Luffy says:

    This is one of these Agatha Christie books where the Dame had not yet been out of ideas No wonder I rated this novel 5 stars I read Hercule Poirot s Christmas in French, and the translation by Louis Postif was delightful.This is a locked room murder where a wealthy patriarch dies in gruesome circumstances There isn t a lack of suspects or red herrings The author kept her cards close to her chest and surprised us readers since this book has been published.Personally I rate this book very high This is one of these Agatha Christie books where the Dame had not yet been out of ideas No wonder I rated this novel 5 stars I read Hercule Poirot s Christmas in French, and the translation by Louis Postif was delightful.This is a locked room murder where a wealthy patriarch dies in gruesome circumstances There isn t a lack of suspects or red herrings The author kept her cards close to her chest and surprised us readers since this book has been published.Personally I rate this book very high among Christie s books All of the very best are classics This one is better written than The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and may be on par with Murder on the Orient Express I fully recommend it and hope you find some pleasure in it, in English or some other medium


  6. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    3 stars


  7. Adrian Adrian says:

    Well, I was meant to read this in the run up to Christmas, but my reading tailed off as we got nearer Christmas, due to the necessity of fetching family members from stations and airports, and so Poirot s Christmas was rescheduled to the New Year In the end despite the delay, it was a very enjoyable read I have at the moment given it 4 stars but I am deliberating on whether that should be 5 stars.Sometimes in Poirot s books the clues that Poirot follows are deeply buried and I often miss the Well, I was meant to read this in the run up to Christmas, but my reading tailed off as we got nearer Christmas, due to the necessity of fetching family members from stations and airports, and so Poirot s Christmas was rescheduled to the New Year In the end despite the delay, it was a very enjoyable read I have at the moment given it 4 stars but I am deliberating on whether that should be 5 stars.Sometimes in Poirot s books the clues that Poirot follows are deeply buried and I often miss them, but in this book I picked up the clues as I read and whilst I didn t come to the same conclusion as Poirot , I hadn t even come to any conclusion, I could see given what I d read how he got to his conclusion.For those who haven t read this book, it centres on an ageing father who invites all his family back for Christmas Being an evil s o b he winds them all up just for fun The adventurous brother, the artistic sensitive brother, the stay at home yes man brother and the pompous brother, along with their wives, the daughter of the dead sister, and the son of a family friend all converge on an English family mansion to celebrate Christmas Needless to say, after accidentally letting his family hear him setting up a will altering meeting with his solicitor, he is found horrifically murdered in a locked room with the key on the inside.Poirot is spending time locally with his friend the Chief Constable, when the murder occurs, and is called in to help the local Superintendent So through Christmas he supports the local police in solving the murderYou know theI think about it, thethis really has to be 5 stars


  8. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    It seems to me the book has a strong vibe of the previous one of the series, Appointment with Death Once again it was very much obvious from he beginning of chapter 2 who would be killed the person who really kept asking for this A tyrannical and wealthy father Simeon Lee invited all his estranged children and a grandchild in one case to spend a Christmas in their former home implying that he softened up somewhat and this invitation would be an olive branch, so to speak Everybody came and It seems to me the book has a strong vibe of the previous one of the series, Appointment with Death Once again it was very much obvious from he beginning of chapter 2 who would be killed the person who really kept asking for this A tyrannical and wealthy father Simeon Lee invited all his estranged children and a grandchild in one case to spend a Christmas in their former home implying that he softened up somewhat and this invitation would be an olive branch, so to speak Everybody came and to their dismay it turned out the father was still the same tyrant who loved to play with his kids emotions Guess who would be killed after a while The setup was different from Appointment with Death however unlike that book the children were independent enough to leave his father, some of them even forfeiting his money I always complain that in Poirot books where the great detective shows up late the story suffers because he is such a great character This time he appeared after the first third of the book in other words, after the dead body was discovered He was visiting his friend nearby when the murder appeared Obviously he could not resist meddling As a result a very complicated mystery was resolved Why did this book escaped the fate of others with Poirot making late appearance Because the Lee family itself was interesting Simeon Lee was written in such a way that I was able to understand his motivations somewhat only good books make you care again somewhat about a villain His rebellious children wereinteresting than those in Appointment with Death unlike the latter the former had some unconquered spirit left Not too much, but just enough not to be outright boring Did I tell you the mystery was complicated It was As a personal point of pride I was almost able to figure out whodunit I was able to see the most important clue and its ramifications, but did not follow that line of reasoning to the end The rating is well deserved 4 firm stars a very good book not bad compared even to the best of Poirot s adventures My only nitpick which did not affect the rating for a book with such title it did not feel like Christmas y at all


  9. Werner Werner says:

    Conniving, lecherous, vindictive self server, cheating husband, verbally and emotionally abusive father, family tyrant wealthy old Simeon Lee, by his own admission, is an impenitent liar and thief, described by one of his own sons as the old devil As a member of the human race, he doesn t have much to commend him, except for his money But there s a LOT of that he made his pile probably shadily in South Africa as a young man, prospecting for diamonds, and vastly added to it since by inve Conniving, lecherous, vindictive self server, cheating husband, verbally and emotionally abusive father, family tyrant wealthy old Simeon Lee, by his own admission, is an impenitent liar and thief, described by one of his own sons as the old devil As a member of the human race, he doesn t have much to commend him, except for his money But there s a LOT of that he made his pile probably shadily in South Africa as a young man, prospecting for diamonds, and vastly added to it since by inventing and manufacturing improved mining equipment Since he s now aged and pretty infirm, the idea of inheriting this fortune isn t exactly absent from the minds of the younger generation of his mostly estranged and not very loving and unloved family, all of whom he s now invited to gather for Christmas at his country mansion in England s Midlands Sharing the joyous spirit of the holiday, however, isn t his motive Rather, he just wants to amuse himself at their expense with malicious and sadistic head games, starting with the bombshell revelation that he s about to change his will And did I mention the cache of uncut diamonds that he keeps in his bedroom safe This is, obviously, a mystery novel, and any readers who bother to read book dedications will know already that it s a murder mystery Dame Agatha s beloved brother in law, though a faithful fan of hers, had bemoaned the fact that the murders in her previous novels had been too civilized and dainty as to methods he wanted a good violent murder with lots of blood, and she good naturedly obliged him here, in spades, and dedicated the result to him Nor are readers familiar with genre conventions going to need three guesses as to who the victim will be Fortunately, though, series detective Hercules Poirot, who solved an earlier case in the area Three Act Tragedy is spending the holiday season with his friend, the chief constable of Middleshire, so is available to assist with the investigation It s one that will furnish his little grey cells and probably those of most readers with a real workout As a reader, I opened this book which was a common read in one of my Goodreads groups under what most mystery fans would say is a disadvantage some years ago, I d already seen the PBS Mysteryseries adaptation of the novel, starring David Suchet as Poirot, so I knew in advance who the killer was For me, this didn t spoil the read, since much of the pleasure was in experiencing Christie s telling of the story and admiring her artistry then too, I d forgotten many details of the plot and characterizations, and the PBS scriptwriters depart from the book in places But I couldn t experience the story the way the first readers would, or enjoy trying to guess the solution I believe, though, that this would be a real challenge Christie did a superb job of hiding clues in plain sight and creating a seemingly insoluble puzzle As is not uncommon in her novels, the list of suspects is finite the scene of the murder is a country house with strictly limited ingress and egress, and the discovery of the body and arrival of the police almost immediate The culprit has to be one of the inhabitants of the house, their guests, or their servants But while the secret of the locked door actually yields itself up pretty quickly, the other pieces of physical and verbal evidence are mysterious and confusing in the extreme, and plausible suspects abound This crime was uniquely ingenious, and solving it will require thinking that s way outside the box.For some mystery fans including myself , though, a tale needsthan a challenging mental puzzle to make it a truly pleasing read genuinely rewarding literature is about people, their personalities, needs, motivations and choices, relationships IMO, Christie measures up here on this level as well True, Poirot s usual foil, Capt Hastings, is absent in this book some readers in my group missed him, and the pair s usual relationship Also, while Chief Inspector Japp plays an important role in the PBS adaptation, and the Poirot Japp interactions are actually some of the best parts there, he doesn t appear in the book at all But Christie makes up for this with a wonderfully lifelike portrayal of all of the members of this dysfunctional family, every one of them a distinct and unique individual, and draws their interactions with a realism that brings them totally to life and has you, the reader, relating to them as people Had Christie left murder out of the plot, she d probably have earned credit for creating a Realist masterpiece of family drama and dynamics but Realist critical dogma defines crime as a plot element that can t occur in normal life Of course, real life crime statistics would tend to belie that, but critical dogma isn t amenable to any kind of real life evidence One reviewer felt that the portrayal of Poirot here, in comparison to novels Christie wrote earlier, lacks life, depth, and color But with all due respect and granting that I m much less well read than she is in the Poirot canon, and that only three Poirot novels among those I ve read were written before this one , my own perception is that Christie s portrayal of the character is actually pretty consistent from book to book, and that here he comes across very much as I would have expected him to Of course, I consistently picture him as David Suchet Despite the backdrop of the Christmas season, this is not the sort of tale that would be typical holiday fare for, say, the Hallmark Channel it s not a feel good seasonal read But neither does Christie succumb to cynicism In virtually all of her writing, she exhibits a solid moral compass and an essential optimism about life and the working of the world, even in the face of a very real human capability for evil The other side of the coin is a very real capability for good, and for good to triumph For readers who share her literary vision, I don t think this book would disappoint


  10. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    It s going to be a grand Christmas All my children around me Oh, you bet it will be, Simeon, you old rich curmudgeon Children, children, everywhere, and every one a suspect But the epigraph, even before we meet him, is telling Yet who would have thought the old man to have so much blood in him Lady Macbeth This book was written in part as a response to a letter to Christie from her brother in law James, who asked her for a real murder and noof these anemic killings A good v It s going to be a grand Christmas All my children around me Oh, you bet it will be, Simeon, you old rich curmudgeon Children, children, everywhere, and every one a suspect But the epigraph, even before we meet him, is telling Yet who would have thought the old man to have so much blood in him Lady Macbeth This book was written in part as a response to a letter to Christie from her brother in law James, who asked her for a real murder and noof these anemic killings A good violent murder with lots of blood James got his Christmas wish, and how Some describe the scream at the moment of his throat being cut as like a soul in hell, or like a stuck pig I certainly hope all the blood made James happy.There s the usual collection of suspected foreigners A Frenchman, a South African, a Spanish beauty with huge eyes, but the focus is on a family home for the holidays to see supposedly Dear Old Rich Dad Whom everyone hates, as it turns out, inheritance notwithstanding, and he hates them all in return, so there.Simeon has a box full of uncut diamonds worth thousands of pounds in 1938, now millions he likes to sift through his fingers that image plays out in this story in various ways.It s 1938, so at least two mentions are made that there is a war brewing, which is surprising for Ms Christie, as she typically wants readers to escape the real world in her fictions She may have meant to set the action in WWI It s not clear to me This is one of those closed set murders where, as the constable notes, one of em did it, one of em did it, but which As is typical, the grisly murder is seen by some as the work of a lunatic or a madman but that s never the case, and isn t here And no, Agatha, I didn t guess who it was Merry Christmas, Agatha, if you are reading over my shoulder This book is not one of your best ones could have used a bitChristmas and a littlesubtlety, but it s generally not bad


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A Holiday for Murder ❮PDF / Epub❯ ★ A Holiday for Murder Author Agatha Christie – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 The wealthy Simeon Lee h In Hercule Poirot s Christmas, the holidays are anything but merry when a family reunion is marred by A Holiday eBook Û murder and the notoriously fastidious investigator is quickly on the case The wealthy Simeon Lee has demanded that all four of his sons one faithful, one prodigal, one impecunious, one sensitive and their wives return home for Christmas But a heartwarming family holiday is not exactly what he has in mind He bedevils each of his sons with barbed insults and finally announces that he is cutting off their allowances and changing his will Poirot is called in the aftermath of Simeon Lee s announcement.

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About the Author: Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name A Holiday eBook Û Agatha Christie MallowanAgatha Christie is the best selling author of all time She wrote crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation According to Index Translationum, she remains the most translated individual author, having been translated into at least languages She is the creator of two of the most enduring figures in crime literature Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple and author of The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the history of modern theatre Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, UK as the youngest of three The Millers had two other children Margaret Frary Miller , called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha s senior, and Louis Montant Miller , called Monty, ten years older than Agatha Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison During the Second World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novelsHer first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in During her first marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazinesIn late , Agatha s husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce On December the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house, Styles, in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven daysIn , Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan Sir Max from after joining him in an archaeological dig Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie s death in Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories Christie s travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East Other novels such as And Then There Were None were set in and around Torquay, where she was born Christie s novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway The hotel maintains Christie s room as a memorial to the author The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in , is now in the care of the National TrustChristie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother in law, James Watts She based at least two of her stories on the hall the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, and the novel After the Funeral Abney Hall became Agatha s greatest inspiration for country house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plotsTo honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club Wikipedia entry for Agatha Christie.