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It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture, followed by a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead in a pool of blood, his throat slashed. But when Hercule Poirot, who is staying in the village with a friend for Christmas, 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.
©1939 Agatha Christie Limited. A Chorion Company. All rights reserved; (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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"There is irresistible simplicity and buoyancy of a Christmas treat about it all." (Times Literary Supplement)

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  • Flint
  • 02-18-17

A good read

Hugh Fraser is a very good narrator, he brings the book to life. It is a good story, it's not my favourite Poirot book but it is an interesting plot and I am happy to return to this story from time to time.

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  • Kathleen Margaret Doherty
  • 01-04-17

Unusual and full of red herrings

Really enjoyed this. A fan of interesting crime - Agatha Christie, Dick Francis and the like, this was a new Poirot story to me. Full of twists and turns and the interesting group scene at the end where all is revealed. I didn't guess although as usual, all the clues were there if you just realised! Read well and with style. I would listen to another.

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  • Polly
  • 12-27-15

Rather far fetched

Well read as usual by Hugh Fraser but u find the plot of this one just a little too full of far-fetched plot twists. Good fun over Christmas though!

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  • Sally Alp
  • 01-10-15

Christmas Poirot's style!! A murder

As always. It had it twists and turn and it fair bastards.
I really like the way the story graduates to a round the table kind of finale.

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  • Jaye Hardy
  • 06-08-16

Hercule Poriot's Christmas

An eledly man has his family for Christmas, and a a young lady turns up claiming to be his dead daughter's child + a young man turns up saying that he's the son of his ex-business partner but are they who they said they are? Christmas Eve a policeman comes with a collection box 75 minutes later there a loud crashing noise gurgle and scream door is locked what's gone on,?????? after breaking the door down the furniture was all about the room safe door open and the elderly man is lying amongst it all with his throat slashed ear to ear. Suddenly the same policeman turns up Poriot is having Christmas with a friend of his a policeman so he's brought in on the case what he unfolds is ace, but everyone in the house has a motive which one is it and why........

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  • 11-16-16

Wonderful.

Hugh Fraser gives a consummate performance in his reading of this classic story. Great characterization and delivery.

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