Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Weight: 420 g
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...
Very quick read, I will say that. It's a very fast paced book that never slows down and I love Poirot books like that. It does kind of follow the typical plot layout - Introduction to the characters, The murder, Breaking down alibis and then catching the culprit but it's the journey there that makes it worthwhile. The cast of characters are very colourful and likeable and with a very unpredictable ending that you don't see coming, Those two things combine to make a fantastic mystery. Definitely a top 10 Poirot novel for me.
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