Alternate titles: Murder for Christmas; A Holiday for Murder
Christie, Poirot--and murder--are never out of season. A family get-together for the holidays begins with a game, and ends in cold-blooded murder. Who better to solve it than Poirot, who "has solved some puzzling mysteries in...
Mr. Hercule Poirot: Hercule Poirot is a Belgian retired detective well-known for his skills who is called in to solve a murder. Poirot first appears at the Crime scene with his friend, the Chief Constable and stays at Gorston Hall, accepting the request of Alfred Lee to solve the crime.
Mr. Simeon Lee: A very wealthy man who loved revenge; he also loved his affairs, many of which produced illegitimate children aside from his four sons and one daughter. He is tyrant and enjoyed in hurting the feelings of other people.
Miss Pilar Estravados: The granddaughter of Simeon, her mother and father are dead and she travels alone as she looks forward to a traditional English Christmas with her extended family. She is the only grandchild of the family.
Stephen Grant: The son of Simeon's old one-time partner, he misses the colors of Africa when he comes to bland England for Christmas.
Mr. Alfred Lee: An excessively devoted son, he and his wife live with his father, Simeon Lee.
Lydia Lee: Alfred's wife, she barely tolerates her father-in-law, Simeon Lee but does so for the sake of her husband. She is an idle homemaker and the Lady of Gorston Hall.
Mr. David Lee: He is the son of Simeon Lee who work as a painter. Unlike his brothers, David Lee was more devoted to his mother and had always believed that his father was responsible for her death.
Mr. George Lee: He is the son of Simeon Lee and the M.P. for Westeringham. He is the most influential in the family and a kind of a miser.
Magdalene Lee: George's wife. She is fashionable and spend a lot on such items.
Sydney Horbury: He is the Valet attendant of Simeon Lee. His character arouse suspicion and seems to have some Criminal background.
Edward Tressilian: The Lee's family butler, Tressilian has been with them for a very long time. He served the family for almost forty years.
Colonel Johnson: The Chief Constable of Middleshire. He is the superior of Sugden and an acquaintance of Poirot.
Superintendent Sugden: Superintendent Sugden arrives promptly to the scene of the crime, where he becomes the Chief Investigator. He had earlier visited Gorston Hall to collect funds for charity.
Hilda Lee: The wife of David Lee and the daughter-in-law of Simeon Lee. She is calm person and care her husband a lot.
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