Saturday, November 20, 2010

Hercule Poirot's Christmas: A Holiday Mystery, by Agatha Christie

Book 43 - 50 Book Challenge
Book 2 -  Holiday Challenge

I didn't know that Agatha Christie had done any holiday novels, so I was really jazzed when I saw this one that feature Hercule Poirot, who I think is a total riot.  The premise is extremely basic:

Rich old invalid asks his entire estranged family to gather around him at the old manor house for Christmas.  They all show up, he acts like a jerk, makes the phone call to his lawyer to change his will and is murdered on Christmas Eve.  Poirot happens to be visiting a law enforcement friend in the next county or something.

The Lee family is mixed with the usual stereotypes, but interestingly enough, I generally liked them all.  There is the usual subplot with suspicion of the staff and a question of theft. 

The mystery built pretty well.  I had guessed one of the twists correctly, but even that was a red herring.  The "whodunnit" made sense.  The "how it was done" was pretty convoluted.  But overall it was a whole lot of fun.

However, the "holiday theme" was extremely weak.


....Petty Witter said...

Having problems sourcing Christmas reads, even my library should have/be able to get hold of a copy of this. Thanks for an insightful review, I enjoyed reading your thoughts. You are more than welcome to drop by

to see my 2nd review for this challengse, Terry Pratchett's Hogfather. Best wishes, PW

....Petty Witter said...

Just wanted to let you know I also read and reviewed this as one of my holiday reads. I hope you don't mind that I have linked to it in my post which will be published later this week.

Wakela Runen said...

I didn't realize that Agatha Christie did a Christmas story either. Hmm.. Maybe I will look to see if my sister has it in her collection. If so, I can read it for next year.