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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.
©1939 Agatha Christie Limited. A Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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"There is irresistible simplicity and buoyancy of a Christmas treat about it all." (Times Literary Supplement)

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A bit short-changed, but classic Christie...

Hugh Fraser is, as always, excellent! This one is a bit tricky, with a few different accents, but he nails it! The story is classic Christie with it's twists and red herrings, although it starts a bit slow, stick with it.
I was very disappointed to discover that the other last chapter of this audio book is a preview of another book, not the last chapter of this one, making the running time twenty-five minute shorter than advertised - something to note if you timed it to have enough left to fit perfectly with a thirty minute drive only to have it finish five minutes in!! I felt rather ripped off, but it was the only negative.

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Wonderful.

Hugh Fraser gives a consummate performance in his reading of this classic story. Great characterization and delivery.

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classic Christie

slow build but through My enjoyed the twists and turns.
revisiting Agatha Christie and not disappointed

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  • Kathleen Margaret Doherty
  • 04-01-2017

Unusual and full of red herrings

Really enjoyed this. A fan of interesting crime - Agatha Christie, Dick Francis and the like, this was a new Poirot story to me. Full of twists and turns and the interesting group scene at the end where all is revealed. I didn't guess although as usual, all the clues were there if you just realised! Read well and with style. I would listen to another.

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  • lynda revill
  • 09-07-2019

Hugh Fraser is excellent

Every Agatha Christie book he reads is perfectly done, every character is superbly represented . Best poorly since John Moffat

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  • Judy Lovelock
  • 21-12-2018

Superb

A great story as always from Agatha Christie, Hugh Fraser brought the whole thing alive will look forward to the next installment

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  • paul squires
  • 16-12-2018

Cracking Agatha Christie audio Book.

loved this Agatha Christie book set in a family house during Christmas. Narrator was excellent.

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  • jules
  • 12-12-2018

Another good listen

Very enjoyable listen. Still good even when you have read the books. Love Hugh Fraser so easy to listen to. Great story as ever.

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  • Flint
  • 18-02-2017

A good read

Hugh Fraser is a very good narrator, he brings the book to life. It is a good story, it's not my favourite Poirot book but it is an interesting plot and I am happy to return to this story from time to time.

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  • Ceripol
  • 27-12-2015

Rather far fetched

Well read as usual by Hugh Fraser but u find the plot of this one just a little too full of far-fetched plot twists. Good fun over Christmas though!

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  • Sally Alp
  • 10-01-2015

Christmas Poirot's style!! A murder

As always. It had it twists and turn and it fair bastards.
I really like the way the story graduates to a round the table kind of finale.

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  • Luce Briggi
  • 28-01-2019

Yet another entertaining mystery

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This was so much fun! While it might not be the most complex mystery concocted by our queen of crime Agatha Christie, it was a very entertaining read. Christie excels in depicting family drama.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Hugh Fraser, and his voice perfectly rendered the setting and characters of the novel.

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  • Nicola
  • 24-12-2018

My all time favourite detective

I love Poirot, and this book doesn’t disappoint. I never figured out who it was which is what I like about the Agatha Christie stories.

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