The latest in this classic unabridged Agatha Christie audio collection, read by Hugh Fraser.
It’s 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…
‘You yearned for a “good violent murder with lots of blood”. So this is your special story – written for you.’
'There is irresistible simplicity and buoyancy of a Christmas treat about it all'
Times Literary Supplement
About the author
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.
Not the best
Not sure why but Christie’s dialogue is annoying and too fast paced in this story. The constant use of “he said” and “she said” etc was at times almost unbearably irritating. I don’t recall her usually being so repetitious. Good plot though.