“Hercule Poirot's Christmas
"When multi-millionaire Simeon Lee unexpectedly invites his family to gather at his home for Christmas, the gesture is met with suspicion by many of the guests. Simeon is not given to family sentiment, and not all of the family are on good terms with one another. To make things worse, he has invited the black sheep of the family, Harry, and Simeon’s granddaughter, Pilar, whom none of them has ever met before. Simeon is intent on playing a deadly and sadistic game with his family. An unexpected guest – Stephen Farr, son of Simeon Lee's former partner in the diamond mines – means that the house is full of potential suspects when the game turns deadly." (from Wikipedia)
At Christmas I like to visit with some old friends. And Agatha Christie is a favored "old friend". This year I reread Hercule Poirot's Christmas; I loved every minute! For some the lack of adventure and action is a drawback, but I like this locked room mystery and have always loved Poirot's reliance on "the little grey cells" to solve mysteries. Christie didn't fill her mysteries with gun fights or car chases, but great character development, suspense, and close setting descriptions. Every time I read one of her books I see something different in the novel. This novel in particular is one of her better novels and has plenty of great characters to entertain and enthrall the reader.
Catherine J wrote this review Monday, December 26, 2011.