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Hercule Poirot's Christmas (Poirot) [Kindle Edition]

Agatha Christie
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‘You yearned for a “good violent murder with lots of blood”. So this is your special story – written for you.’
Agatha Christie

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'You yearned for a "good violent murder with lots of blood". So this is your special story -- written for you.' Agatha Christie 'There is irresistible simplicity and buoyancy of a Christmas treat about it all' Times Literary Supplement

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1065 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007120699
  • Publisher: Harper; Masterpiece ed edition (14 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046H95T0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking Christmas mystery 5 Feb 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Hercule Poirot is spending Christmas in the country with his friend Colonel Johnson, Chief Constable of Middleshire, and suffering terribly from the lack of central heaintg ("Nothing like a wood fire", says Colonel Johnson, but Poirot disagrees). Disagreeable wealthy old tyrant Simeon Lee is bloodily murdered in mysterious circumstances, and Poirot is called in to investigate.
The house is full of Simeon Lee's put-upon sons and their put-upon wives, any one of whom might have had reason to do Simeon in, especially as he had just announced that he was about to change his will to include his beautiful young granddaughter Pilar, just arrived from Spain, whom none of the family had ever set eyes on before. The family are anxious to insist that the murder was an outside job, but Poirot is equally convinced that it was not.
This is one of the best Poirot mysteries, with lots of interesting characters, especially the delightfuly vivacious, high-spirited and unconventional Pilar, and a cunning murderer to unmask. A real Christmas treat.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie at her Finest 3 Oct 2001
Format:Paperback
Isn't it great to read one of Christies books for the first time and know you've found a real gem. Her clues and red herrings have led you to so many theories along the way that you've lost track, given up, admitted you're beaten. All you have left to do is read on where all will be revealed, and you know it's going to be worth the wait. That is how I was with this book. What a great story! A brilliant atmosphere, clues staring you in the face, and a solution that I couldnt have been more satisfied with. Who'd have thought.............well, that would be telling! If you are at all into her work, you are probably going to love this. I think it deserves to be more famous than it is.
Go on, read it! I defy you to work it out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Holiday Read!! 9 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is wonderful, especially to read over the holidays, since it is set at Christmas. The characters are wonderfully developed, and I love how the key to solving the mystery was in the dialogue all along. I wish now that I had paid closer attention to the moustache that Poirot buys and the picture he has placed in his room. Double identity and a great plot twist at the end make this an enticing read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie's locked room murder mystery. 21 May 2003
By John Austin HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Although generally regarded as typifying the cozy murder mystery writer in whose books there is either a murder in a locked room or a murder at a family reunion in a country house, Agatha Christie rarely tried her hand at either of these murder mystery genres. In “Hercule Poirot’s Christmas”, however, she combines both.
The family is the dysfunctional Lee family, summoned to pass Christmas together in the house of old Simeon Lee, the patriarch. During this stressful reunion, a commotion followed by a blood-curdling scream is heard from the room on the first floor occupied by old Simeon. When the locked door is forced open, the furniture is found upended, the safe rifled, and Simeon is found lying dead with his throat cut. The door key is in place, on the inside of the door.
Having depicted how the family members despise, hate, or resent each other up to this point, Agatha Christie next allows the investigations and theories to develop. Poirot is on hand, but she cleverly allows other police inspectors and investigators to do most of the work and make most of the mistakes.
The solution is one you will never forget, but also one that you will probably never arrive at before Poirot reveals all. Agatha Christie is wonderfully clever at laying out all the clues in an arrangement that directs the reader away from the vital ones.
Apart from a few lines of description, almost everything in the text is dialogue. To anyone in the world who has not yet read this 1940 mystery nothing more need be said. To those who are re-reading it, I suggest they notice how cleverly it is plotted and planned.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Christie and an old-fashioned Xmas 17 Dec 2006
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Agatha Christie might be old-fashioned but I still think she's the best crime plotter ever! This is vintage Christie, set in a big mansion over Xmas with all the family gathered - and a murder committed that seems impossible... The suspects all have both motive and opportunity, but Poirot negotiates his way with usual aplomb amongst them, to uncover one of Christie's more 'imaginative' murder methods. Fabulous!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ingeniously plotted 25 Sep 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The title of this book is rather misleading. As always, the plot is emphasized more than the setting or characters. And what a plot it is! This story is one of Christie's most brilliantly constructed. The physical clues tie in deftly and flawlessly with the psychological ones. Christie leaves more than enough hints toward the murderer's identity, but she does so in such a subtle and deceptive manner that the reader is inevitably fooled once again! The solution is electrifying, the characters are better-developed than usual, and although the author does rely a bit too heavily upon coincidence, the flaws of the novel do not detract from the enjoyability or credibility of this novel. A solid puzzle plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most puzzling and exciting yet! 25 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I'll have to agree with the first reviewer of this novel. The title is a bit misleading. However, I do believe that Agatha meant it to be that way. I have studied literature for a while and know that the everything that is in the novel is meant for something. To all the people wanting to read this novel, here's a tip: Everything that is stated in the book, diaglogue, details, etc. are all key to solving the mystery. To all of us Agatha fans, it proves to be true. The characters are very well developed, much better than any other Agatha novel I've read to date. The plot is priceless, the identities confusing (deliciously so!), and the conclusion is a shocking. Agatha knows how to lead her readers on, and proves so with this tale of murder and mayhem around Christmas time. At the beginning of the conclusion, who think it's Suspect A, but then you lean towards Suspect B, and at the end, Poirot reveals in all grandness the killer, and you're sitting there kicking yourself saying, "Why didn't I think of that!" The pacing of the book is good and I read it in two days. The suspense builds and the storytelling is at it's finest. For those of you waiting for a plot summary, read the synopsis above. I won't reveal anything for it'll ruin the surprise of the novel. Though not one of her famous books, it's one her best, this one definitely deserves your money!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie is a Poirot mystery and it is very good; Agatha Christie is a very good author.
Published 2 months ago by Keith
4.0 out of 5 stars Only one Un-Christie-like flaw
The greatness of this novel are her creations: the pictures she gives us about these characters: Simeon Lee, those of his sons that were born "on the right side of the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. D. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
One of Christie's best Poirot adventures, in my opinion. Classic mystery story with a solid plot and well placed narrative. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfectly acceptable read to accompany a surfeit of Christmas...
Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot needs no introduction, surely. Most modern audiences will be familiar with him as portrayed by David Suchet on television, or by Peter Ustinov or... Read more
Published 7 months ago by eppingstrider
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie at her best
I had not heard of this particular Hercule Poirot novel, so I couldn`t wait to start it, and boy did it deliver! Read more
Published 8 months ago by mary Britten
4.0 out of 5 stars Usual Christie standard
I wanted an easy reader for a change and you can always rely on Agatha Christie to supply one. No matter how I drift away to more serious matters over the years, I always come... Read more
Published 8 months ago by hertsj
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I can never tire of a good Agatha Christie crime story. The book is so easy to read and a pleasure. Hercule Poirot is a lovable character and a pure genius. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jo ridgway
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Christie
This is the perfect Christmas read! A classic Agatha Christie mystery, one of her best. I would recommend this book, (not just at Christmas!)
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Christie - but not Christmassy
This has all the elements of the classic murder mystery - a tyrannical patriach of a dysfunctional family is murdered in a locked room on Christmas Eve, with each family member and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Damo Green
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Poirots
This one was easy - I worked out who the murderer was quite early in the story. And again several times during the story, a different person or combination of people every time. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. D. R. Goodman
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