Friday, 30 December 2011
Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
review by Maryom
Elderly millionaire Simeon Lee decides that for Christmas he should gather round him all his far-flung family, including a couple of estranged sons and an orphaned granddaughter that he's never met before. In front of the assembled family, he then announces his intention to change his will. As this is a 'Poirot' mystery, it doesn't take much imagination to guess what happens next....
Fortunately, the Belgian sleuth is on hand to help track down the culprit.
Hercule Poirot's Christmas is an Agatha Christie mystery full of her stock characters and culprits - the patriarch about to re-distribute his wealth; the solid dependable stay-at-home son; the black sheep of the family; the mysterious foreign beauty; the ex-partner's son who turns up out of the blue. There are almost more reasons for murder than there are characters! Poirot, of course, with his little grey cells, can untangle the dead ends and red herrings, and uncover a man's most hidden secrets in a glance.
It all seems a little dated and sedate in comparison to modern thrillers but still an entertaining read.
Maryom's review - 4 stars
Publisher - HarperColllins
Genre - crime, whodunnit
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