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Book 2 – Holiday Challenge
I didn’t know that Agatha Christie had done any holiday novels, so I was really jazzed when I saw this one that feature Hercule Poirot, who I think is a total riot. The premise is extremely basic:
Rich old invalid asks his entire estranged family to gather around him at the old manor house for Christmas. They all show up, he acts like a jerk, makes the phone call to his lawyer to change his will and is murdered on Christmas Eve. Poirot happens to be visiting a law enforcement friend in the next county or something.
The Lee family is mixed with the usual stereotypes, but interestingly enough, I generally liked them all. There is the usual subplot with suspicion of the staff and a question of theft.
The mystery built pretty well. I had guessed one of the twists correctly, but even that was a red herring. The “whodunnit” made sense. The “how it was done” was pretty convoluted. But overall it was a whole lot of fun.
However, the “holiday theme” was extremely weak.