Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
Published by HarperPaperbacks in December 1992 (first published December 19, 1938)
Series: Hercule Poirot, #20
Genre(s): fiction, classics, crime, mystery
Format & Length: paperback, 243
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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 reunion is marred by 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.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas I was on the hunt for something seasonal to read over the holiday but nothing was feeling right. Then I remembered I had a copy of Hercule Poirot’s Christmas on my shelf, which felt just right.
And it delivered exactly what I was looking for. Set in the days leading up to, through Christmas, and immediately following, the timing was absolutely perfect. Christie’s writing always works for me, and this was no exception. It was a quick and easy read, making it perfect to dip in and out of in between celebrations.
It’s been a while since I’ve read Hercule Poirot’s Christmas so I had forgotten much of the story, including the final resolution. Oftentimes I try to solve mysteries as I read them but in this instance, I was perfectly content to sit back and simply enjoy the ride. The locked room mystery aspect also helped, as I particularly love stories with that element.
All in all, this was a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas isn’t one of my all-time favorite Agatha Christie books but it was entertaining and I’d pick it up again.