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Hercule Poirot's Christmas

(Hercule Poirot #20)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  30,066 ratings  ·  2,070 reviews
Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense--creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters--brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to audio. In Hercule Poirot's Christmas, the holidays are anything but merry when a family r ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published December 19th 1938)
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Simona Bartolotta
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, in-italian, 1900
Feeling bloody christmasy.
*evil laughter*
*embarrassing silence*
Carol
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 then......the scream from the souls of hell......and then......

"Blood......so much blood......blood everywhere......fresh, wet, gleaming blood"......

Oh, this is a good one. Superintendent Sugden has his work cut out for him, but with

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Bionic Jean
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 title "Murder for Christmas", and again underwent a change of title in 1947; a paperback version then being ...more
David Schaafsma
“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 no more of these “anemic” killings: “A good v
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Carolyn
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a classic Agatha Christie!

A nasty old man, his mostly estranged family bearing many a grudge, brought together with a smattering of servants and unexpected guests for a very dysfunctional Christmas in the family mansion. When the old man inevitably ends up dead and some precious jewels go missing there are any number of suspects for the police and Hercule Poirot to investigate. Of course Monsieur Poirot's little grey cells will quickly sort out the truth from the lies and secrets a
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Brenda
Invalid Simeon Lee was a wealthy man – his lifetime accumulation of his wealth was well known; but he wasn’t a man who was liked, especially by his family. His eldest son, Albert and his wife had cared for the old man in the old mausoleum they called home, always doing the old man’s bidding. But when Simeon decided to call his sons and their wives home for Christmas, no one could know what was about to occur.

As the family gathered on Christmas Eve, the bickering and hatred flowed through the hou
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Miriam
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: holidays, mystery
I read the 1939 edition of this book (thanks, library!) which is titled "Murder for Christmas." I see why they changed that, as there are a million books of the same name. I guess a lot of people fantasize about murdering their family members. In Simeon Lee's case, it's easy to see why.

This was fine, but not a favorite Christie. It's a little too god-everyone-is-horrible for me. I preferred the short story that is also Poirot having an old-fashioned English Christmas at a country estate, even it
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Ammar
I wouldn't have expected less from the Queen of Crime. Enjoyable holiday read from the formidable Agatha Christie.

A locked room murder
The millionaire of the Lee's family is found killed during the holidays.
All his family is over, along with a few unexpected last minute guests.
Or maybe the butler did it.
Vikas Singh
Jun 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Average plot which seems to drag on and on at some places. In typical Christie fashion there are too many suspects and everyone seems to have a motive to kill. Poirot's deductions are weak and there are just too many coincidences. A boring novel
Fatima
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
شاید یکی دو قسمت از فیلم های کارگاه پوآرو رو دیده باشم ولی به زور جزئیاتش یادم مونده اما خود شخصیت پوآرو رو خوب یادمه که آدم تیز و بامزه و مرموز و خوش تیپی بود که به طرز لباس پوشیدن خودش و بقیه هم خیلی دقت میکرد و علاوه بر این فرعیات ، خیلی خوب مچ قاتل ها رو میگرفت و دست زیرک ترین هاشون رو هم به سادگی با ذهن باز و خلاقش رو میکرد . توی این داستان اصلا فکرشم نمیکردم قاتل کی میتونه باشه ، داستان کاملا پیچیده با جزئیاتی که به سختی میشد به کسی گفت قاتل پیرمردن و آخر کتاب به قلم و ذهن آگاتا کریستی درو ...more
Flor
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No quería terminar el año sin leer un libro de Agatha, y qué mejor que leer uno relacionado con la navidad para estas fechas.!!

Dinero, diamantes, rencor, secretos, una mansión, un asesinato, y muchos familiares con razones para llevarlo a cabo.!

Como no podía ser de otra manera, me ha sorprendido el final y no he podido descifrar el misterio por mi cuenta! 🤔

Es un buen libro ! Lo recomiendo!! 👏🏼👏🏼
Gabry
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bellissimo!
Sulaf Farhat
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe, after reading 40+ books by Christie, how they're still able to engage, interest and entertain me this much. Regardless of some oddities here and there, I loved the mystery and the characters, even though I was able to predict the culprit relatively early. Comfort reading at its best!
Stephanie Anze
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
"There is at Christmas time a great deal of hypocrisy, honourable hypocrisy, hypocrisy undertaken pour le bon motif, c'est entendu, but nevertheless hypocrisy."

The Lee family is spending Christmas together after years of not all being under the same roof. The patriarch, Simeon Lee, has summoned all four of his sons (Albert, George, David and Harry along with their respective spouses) along with Pilar, his granddaughter from his now defunct daughter Jennifer. Rather than have an amicable get-toge
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Kim

I read a lot of my mother’s Agatha Christie novels when I was a teenager. They’re what got me into reading crime fiction. However, my interest in Christie didn’t survive into adulthood and it’s been years since I’ve picked up a Hercule Poirot or a Miss Marple novel.

This particular work, the December 2012 read for the English Mysteries Club group, was probably not the best novel for me to choose as a way of going back to Agatha Christie. She must have written much, much better books. I don’t rem
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Wanda
What does one get M. Poirot for Christmas? A bloody good murder, that’s what!

I love watching the skillful set-up in Agatha Christie’s books—the details that she lovingly points out to us, designed to lead our thinking astray! An excellent red herring meant I was looking the wrong direction when M. Poirot did his big reveal. I was so sure that I had spotted the killer that I didn’t pay attention to anyone else! (Christie – 7, Wanda – 2 so far in my reading of her oeuvre).

The murder victim is deli
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LJ
First Sentence: Stephen pulled up the collar of his coat as he walked briskly along the platform.

Elderly, wealthy Simon Lee has gathered his family around him for a Christmas reunion. Hardly a joyous celebration when the guests hear furniture being overturned, an inhuman scream and find Simon murdered in his locked room. Visiting a friend in the area, Hercule Poirot offers to assist in solving this case where everyone had reason to wish the old man dead.

Reading Christie is always a delight. Ther
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Veronique
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, stars-4-0
"There is at Christmas time a great deal of hypocrisy, honourable hypocrisy, hypocrisy undertaken pour le bon motif, c'est entendu, but nevertheless hypocrisy!”

Christie gives us quite the portrayal of a drama unfolding under the guise of a family gathering. Old Simeon Lee invites all his relatives to stay with him in order to manipulate them for his own amusement, especially through his money, which he holds the strings. However things don't go according to plan when the cripple is found dead. O
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✨Susan✨
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, cozy-mystery
As always AC is a great storyteller. This Christmas mystery was good but IMHO a bit chopped up, and the reveal was to abrupt.
F.R.
Dec 23, 2010 rated it liked it
I was pondering, whilst reading ‘Hercule Poirot’s Christmas’, which quality must exist to make Dame Agatha’s books – for all her weaknesses as an author – so readable. And I’ve come to the conclusion that that quality is probably ‘consistency’.

In another writer’s work – say, for example, Raymond Chandler’s – a scant description, a thin characterisation or a stretch of dialogue which bears virtually no resemblance to any conversation ever had between human beings, would immediately strike a duff
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classic reverie
The first time I read Agatha Christie was when I was in my mid twenties & I was first married. My husband's grandmother had a fondness for Christie. Though I never met her I was given a Christie book of hers to read and like her I loved reading her books which then I actively looked for the paperback edition to read. About five years ago, I read a couple of her earlier books & I have been wanting to read her again and it being Christmastime it was perfect for "Hercule Poirot's Christmas. ...more
Bill Lynas
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's Christmas time & for Hercule Poirot that can only mean three things.....a mansion, a murder & plenty of suspects. There are times in this novel when interviewing the suspects becomes a little repetitive & plodding. When the way the murder was committed is explained it seems a bit over elaborate for my taste. Yet despite these criticisms it's yet another entertaining read from Christie. Happy Christmas, mon amie.
Cristina
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would have never guessed! OMG! This book was amazing. I think it’s the best from the series so far! 👍
Helle
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Despite the title, there was nothing very Christmassy about this book. (My Christmas spirit has dwindled since reaching adulthood long ago, and I was hoping this would impart just a slight whisper of Christmas as the weather these days looks nothing like it did during my childhood Christmasses when we had proper frost and snow).

Christmas is merely the occasion for some estranged family members, and a few non-members thrown in to thicken the plot, to gather in an English country home - and for o
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Holly
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Agatha Christie is a flippin' genius.
Peter Monn
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Soooooo good. A real mystery. Check out my full review on my booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/peterlikesbooks
Eliana Castillo
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me encantó, este libro no empieza con el asesinato como suele ocurrir si no por la mitad, asi que conoceremos a la víctima y a sus posibles asesinos, muestra como todos son capaces de asesinar y te hace sospechar de todos, pero después sale con un asesino que ni de vista sospechas (realmente se me hizo un poco de los cabellos lo del asesino) pero me gusto y despues de meditar el libro vi que Agatha Christie dejo pistas para sospechar de él, buen libro y recomendado para iniciarse con esta escrit ...more
Repellent Boy
Estoy flipando con esta mujer. O todos sus libros son maravillosos o estoy teniendo mucho atino en las elecciones. Nuevamente, he sido en incapaz de preveer o medio intiuir la solución. Con Christie siempre ocurre igual. Tienes 14 hipótesis diferentes y al llegar el final descubres que, una vez más, ni cerca estabas. Genia. Jamás me cansaré de su obra.
Nikoleta
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
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