Friday, December 26, 2014

Review: Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie


Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie

Review by Lauren

Source: bought a copy; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered when the tyrannical Simeon Lee is found dead in a pool of blood, his throat slashed. When Hercule Poirot offers to assist, he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion. It seems everyone had their own reason to hate the old man.

Review: I've been trying to read more Agatha Christie, and in particular, the stories that involve her iconic detective, Hercule Poirot. Amazon is currently selling many Christie e-books at a good price, so I happily picked up this story and read it in a matter of days. I'm sure many of you could finish it in one day, actually, as it's not very long. I was hoping to have this review up yesterday, for Christmas Day, but I figured most of you would be skipping the internet so I might as well wait for the day after!

Now, as to the story, I really enjoyed this one. Simeon Lee, the head of the Lee family, is not someone that people really like...not even his own family. He's giving, yes, but he's also mean and able to hold a grudge for years. He invites his whole family to spend Christmas with him, but when the patriarch is found with his throat slashed, Hercule Poirot comes in to help the police catch the killer. As those who have the most motive and opportunity, Simeon Lee's family are immediately the main suspects.

When I'm reading a mystery, I don't always think too deeply about who may have committed the crime, especially if the book is a quick read. I just let the author take me on the ride. For this one, it was mostly the same. There is a curious moment in the book that relates back to the perpetrator in the end that I did notice at the time. If I'd really stopped to think about it more, I probably would have had the ultimate criminal in sights before it was revealed. As it was, I wasn't terribly surprised by the killer...but how they went about the crime was definitely interesting.

Overall, I enjoyed this story and I'm excited to check out more Christie!

6 comments:

Krysten Quiles said...

LOVE Agatha Christie!

kimbacaffeinate said...

I love all of Aggies 'books. Poirot is a favorite

Diva Booknerd said...

I've never actually read an Agatha Christie. I know, I know, I haven't really lived. Whenever I'm shopping for something new, I rarely come across any of her titles. Being crime / thrillers, are they gruesome or more toned down for the female target audience? As I read mostly in bed, I can't read too many thrillers or I'd probably never sleep again.

Great review Lauren, going to check a few of her titles out <3

Erika Sorocco said...

OMG I read this years ago and loved it - so perfect for the holidays! I wish I still had my copy!

xx

Melliane said...

It's nice that you had a good time with this one! It's been a while since I haven't read a book by her, since my youth but I should try to go back to them.

Cleo Bannister said...

This sounds like a great example of an AC murder mystery. Like you I don't always try to hard to work out the clues (I'm rubbish anyway) I've enjoyed rediscovering Poirot in 2014 and want to try one of her Tommy & Tuppence stories in 2015