Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hercule Poirot's Christmas [Christie]

Book: Hercule Poirot's Christmas [Hercule Poirot #20]
Author: Agatha Christie

Review: Wealthy Simeon Lee invites his family over for a traditional English Christmas. It is not a benevolent gesture however, as Simeon plans to play a cruel game with everyone's emotions by pitting them against each other and threatening to change his will. Tensions rise when Simeon's youngest and estranged son, Harry, arrives. As well as Simeon's granddaughter Pilar, who no one has met before. The stress in the house continues to rise when the son of Simeon's old business partner shows up unexpectedly. When Simeon is found murdered in a locked room, there are no shortage of suspects. Lucky for the Lee family, Hercule Poirot happens to visiting nearby and offers his assistance.

This is a locked room mystery (i.e. victim found in a room locked from the inside) so I really concentrated while reading this trying to figure out the clues. Once again, Christie did an excellent job creating a vivid cast of characters that all seemed to have a motive for the murder. I was 100% SHOCKED at the killer and did not suspect this individual throughout the book. An excellent, well crafted mystery. One of the best Agatha Christie books I've read to date. 

Grade: A-

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