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The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (Poirot) Hardcover – Facsimile, 20 Aug 2009

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Facsimile edition edition (20 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007313527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007313525
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'There is irresistible simplicity and buoyancy of a Christmas treat about it all' Times Literary Supplement

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THE ADVENTURE OF THE CHRISTMAS PUDDING

First came a sinister warning to Poirot not to eat any plum pudding…then the discovery of a corpse in a chest…next, an overheard quarrel that led to murder…the strange case of the dead man who altered his eating habits…and the puzzle of the victim who dreamt his own suicide.

What links these six baffling cases? The distinctive hand of the queen of crime fiction.

Includes the Miss Marple Story 'Greenshaw's Folly'

'Agatha Christie' was born in Torquay 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. She wrote 79 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 attribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.

FEAST YOURSELF ON SIX INTRIGUING CRIME MYSTERIES.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
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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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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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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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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This Hercule Poirot short story was first published in, “The Sketch,” on the 12th December, 1923. This is an expanded version of that story and begins with M. Poirot being approached in London by the discreet Mr Jesmond and the heir to an unnamed, but rich and important State. It is revealed that this young prince brought some family jewels to London, to be re-set by Cartier for his future bride. However, his head was turned by a pretty girl and he allowed her to wear a famous ruby; only to find that both she, and the jewel, have disappeared.

Against his inclinations, Poirot finds himself persuaded to spend Christmas at a fourteenth century manor house in the country; only slightly mollified by the reassurance of a good supply of hot water and central heating. The Lacey family are having a traditional Christmas, but, amongst them lurks a possible suspect. Can Poirot not only recover the ruby, but also sort out a few romantic tangles along the way? As Mr Jesmond points out – the ruby must be recovered and M. Poirot is the man to recover it.

This is a delightful short story with a Christmas theme. It has a great cast of characters – including a rather unsuitable young man with an unsavoury reputation, who is hoping to marry the Lacey’s granddaughter and a beautiful young widow looking for love. There is also a good, country house setting; so often the traditional location for a Golden Age mystery. With cryptic clues, a posed ‘murder’ and the theft of a famous jewel, there is much to enjoy here and, as always, Poirot does not disappoint.
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