Christmas Eve, and the Lee family's reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture and a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies 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....
This title was previously published as Murder for Christmas and A Holiday for Murder.
©1938 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
A closed room murder, a family gathering at Christmas, and Poirot's little gray cells at work, what more is needed for a good Christmas mystery! The reading of this mystery made a good story great!!
This was a classic Poirot story with an engaging plot. I did not suspect who the murderer was until Poirot gathered everyone together to unraveled the clues. I had carefully considered the clues and accused the wrong character.
I loved that Hugh Fraser, who played Hastings in several Poirot movies, read the story. He met the demands of each character's personality.
Whodunit? This one kept me guessing until the end.. Good performance, good character portraits. Good for any season. Must hear
Exciting, suspenseful, and entertaining.
The plot kept me on the edge of my seat in that it was really difficult to guess the identity of the murderer. There were many exciting plot twists.
Fraser always does a great job with Poirot himself, his performance of the master dective is always spot on.
At Christmas Time never take anything for granted.
A must for any Poirot fan, many unpredictable developments. This book tends to follow Christies formula less than others in the series.
Hugh Fraser showcases his vocal talents as he creates a voice for each of these characters. The story has excellent twist as we have come to expect from Christie. Even if you've seen the movie version of this story you'll love listening to the novel, and its minor variances from the film.
The story and the superb narration puts you right in the middle of the investigation. Character development, as always with Agatha Christie novels, makes one not want the book to end.
A classic Christie set up: a cantankerous old man of great wealth brings his family together at Christmas, and then taunts his children about their inheritance before being murdered in his bedroom. Oh, and there are a lot of missing diamonds. Who dunnit?
It's a good "locked room" mystery with enough questionable characters to make it interesting, though personally it's not my favourite Poirot story. Still, when it comes to Agatha Christie, that's still very good.
As always, Hugh Fraser's narration was perfect.
This was my first Poirot, and I enjoyed it very much. Nothing to tell anyone who know the stories. Interwoven and enmeshed and a complete mystery until almost the end. The narrator is marvelous, performing multiple accents, classes, and sexes flawlessly. He managed a certain kind of distance, so that the listener is not aware of a performance, but only the story. The mystery takes place at Christmas, and Christmas is part of the plot, but there the association ends. It's not a merry or happy holiday for the characters at all. Don't plan to play this round the tree to get in the holiday spirit!
She can certainly keep you reading. I love all the Hercule Poirot stories. Her books don't have (or need) all the fluff of today's writers that make a 5 hour book a 12 hour book. Give me a good 5 to 6 hour novel that I can't put down and won't fast forward over a 12 hour novel that explains the color of each and every flower any day!!!
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
I have listened to several Agatha Christie stories and have finally come to the conclusion that the movie productions are so well done that watching is more enjoyable than listening. There are so many characters that come in and out of the story that it is hard to keep up while listening. There is a good twist, but I was so frustrated that I was ready to move on to my next selection.
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