Â “How dreadful that the holidays should begin with a wailing scream and a deathly gurgle! Never has Poirot’s mighty brain functioned more brilliantly than in Hercule Poirot’s Christmas.”â€”The New York Times
‘There is irresistible simplicity and buoyancy of a Christmas treat about it all’ â€”Times Literary Supplement
‘You yearned for a “good violent murder with lots of blood”. So this is your special story â€”Â written for you.’ â€”Agatha Christie
It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered when the tyrannical Simeon Lee is found 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.
If you like audiobooks, here’s the BBC dramatization.