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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Masterpiece Ed edition (15 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007120699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007120697
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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‘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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It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture, followed by a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead in a pool of blood, his throat slashed.

But when Hercule Poirot, who is staying in the village with a friend for Christmas, offers to assist, he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion. It seems everyone had their reason to hate the old man…

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. She wrote 80 crime mysteries and collections, and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare. Her enduring success, enhanced by many film and TV adaptations, is a tribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.

‘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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L O'connor on 5 Feb. 2005
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Fletcher on 3 Oct. 2001
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Austin HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 21 May 2003
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Dec. 2006
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan. 1999
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Sept. 1998
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wendy McFarlane on 18 Oct. 2012
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I know The Murder of Roger Akroyd is supposed to be her masterpiece but for me this was Agatha at her very best. This was unsolvable and so unexpected I had to re read parts to see what I might have missed along the way! A country house at Christmas, a gathering of the clans and the sudden, quite brutal death of the elderly grandfather made this pure vintage Christie for me. Hercule as ever is sublime in his smart observations and dry wit, never missing a trick along the way with his usual ocd worries of disorder and draughts within this ancient crumbling manor. Snow, yule logs and Xmas puds abound to wrap around a yummy festive tale giving the reader a delicious seasonal murder mystery to solve. Simply the best!!
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