The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (Poirot) Hardcover – Facsimile, 20 Aug 2009
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'There is irresistible simplicity and buoyancy of a Christmas treat about it all' Times Literary Supplement
From the Back Cover
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. See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good reading. Christie is a genius. Will definitely find more. Would recommend to anyone. The french detective is a masterpiece!Published 27 days ago by inky sinky
I enjoyed this book as it is about Christmas as well as being a mystery .It is just long enough to read at bedtime so let doesn't get too much at once.Would recommend.Published 4 months ago by ronald charles