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The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding: A Hercule Poirot Short Story (Hercule Poirot Series Book 33) by [Christie, Agatha]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
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'There is irresistible simplicity and buoyancy of a Christmas treat about it all' Times Literary Supplement

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'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: 2413 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D64I4VY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
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Usual highly entertaining collection of Agatha Christie mysteries.
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Short and to the point but the logic applied in "finding the killer" was timeless. No horrid descriptions of the killing. No sordidness. No psychological suspense. Good old fashion who done it!
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A collection of short stories, "The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding" is a hugely enjoyable read.Although perhaps not one of Agatha Christies absolute finest, the plots are as always ingenious, with many a final twist in keeping with the authors flair.Though maybe lacking in the complexity and the ability to keep the reader guessing right up until the end which is generally associated with Christies full novels, I would nevertheless reccomend these stories as an excellent bedtime read.
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The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding is actually a collection of some of Agatha Christies short stories. Five of them are tales of Poirot `The Mystery of the Spanish Chest', `The Underdog', `Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds', `The Dream' and the title tale itself. The last one `Greenshaw's Folly' stars Miss Marple, my favourite Christie character, herself. The title tale is indeed very Christmas filled and is murder meets great theft containing three brilliant plot twists within 60 pages which I think is remarkable. `The Mystery of the Spanish Chest' had be baffled as to how six guests could eat dinner with one of their spouses murdered in a chest in the same room, again so, so clever. `The Underdog' is a very interesting tale of women's intuition and how having it cannot prove a thing, even if it might (note I say might not it is) be right.

The latter three were interesting clever, highly readable and slightly annoying in one. As though it was very interesting to see Christie use one specific plot device (which I cant say or you wont need to read them and they are charming) and change it so much in three ways I did feel it was a shame to have them be the last three tales as it could have been mixed up more. It did show what a genius of murderous mayhem she could be and how many ways one thing could be reworked; I would have just placed a few different methods in between. It's a small critique though as I didn't guess any of the endings in any of these three and they all kept me reading until the small hours.
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I'm not usually a fan of short stories and tend to avoid them. Having said that, when I read the blurb on the back the first short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding it caught my eye and when I started to read the book they held my attention throughout as they had quite a bit of depth to them.

There is quite a cross section in these stories which are all Poirot's except one which is a Miss Marple, so you are in for a treat if you like both. The stories range from finding a ruby embedded in a Christmas pudding, a man's body found in a Spanish chest, a man unjustly accused of murdering his difficult boss, a man having a dream where he wants to kill himself to a man who is a creature of habit suddenly changes his eating habits and routine when eating out at a restaurant. All in a days work for Poirot.

A nice dose of murder to curl up in front of the fire and read on a cold afternoon with a cuppa. Would recommend.
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Love it good to have short stories
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Almost certainly the most unusually titled entry in the Poirot series, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding put me in mind of episodes of the Postman Pat and Vicar of Dibley TV series, in which each of the title characters have to eat too much at Christmas. However that’s not the case here, where in fact this is just one of a collection of short stories released under this banner.

The first two stories are fantastic, and depict Poirot at the height of his abilities, and Christie presents both in a way that leaves the reader wanting more. Both carry the rich array of characters and intrigue that make the series so strong, and the mystery is pleasantly and enjoyably resolved.

The three later Poirot stories in this collection didn’t quite grip me with the same intensity - while they are all good mysteries, they didn’t feel quite as substantial and indeed in two of them I felt it was rather too obvious what was going on.

The final story provides an interesting twist, as I was thrown back into the world of Miss Marple - a character who I thought I had read everything about, and it was very nice to experience a story again from that perspective, even though it suffered similarly to the two earlier books in being rather obvious what was going on.

All in all, a nice little collection, with a couple of chunky substantial stories and some other short diversions.
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Agatha Christie has the unique ability to capture the readers interest within the first few paragraphs - an art which is so skilfully displayed here. Although, perhaps, not her magnum opus, The Adventures of the Christmas Pudding is a range of short stories which display her characteristic ability to align the elegant world of the rich with that of the impoverished or socially lacking. The crime in her short stories is always more easy to detect than in her longer novels, but even in these shorter versions, she dazzles us with enough red herrings to keep the reader frantically turning the pages. It must be said that although characters and situations are sometimes cliched, this is still a highly enjoyable read. Definately the kind of book to read on a cold winter's night with a large cup of hot chocolate beside you.
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