Monday, October 21, 2013

Nook Book Review: Hercule Poirot's Christmas

Book Review: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Sorry, no pictures for this one. We read this on Xyra's Nook. I think she bought it for 99 cents.


This was more difficult to read, but it was very interesting. I really liked the way the detective observed the suspects and put together his theories.


I didn’t like the victim, but I guess I wasn’t supposed to. I did like the detective. The setting was interesting too.


I really liked this mystery. Agatha Christie has an interesting style. We like to watch the movies of her work, so it was fun to read one instead. I could hear the actor that plays Hercule Poirot on TV in my head while reading the Poirot parts.


The author uses great descriptions so you can see what she saw when writing. It’s great when that happens. Thankfully the crime scene description wasn’t super gory. In the end it was great how the detective revealed the killer.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have yet to read an Agatha Christie book that I don't really like.

Agatha Christie has a way of taking you into the minds and psyche of her characters without giving us full reign. You also get a look at English culture. Her detectives are fabulous observers and clever in winkling information out of suspects without them realizing what they are doing.

In this book, Hercule Poirot is the detective and he finds himself helping solve the murder of Mr. Simeon Lee. He finds two people pretending to be someone they are not (how Shakespearean) and two of Mr. Lee's offspring from the "other side of the blanket." Plus he solves the crime.

The Belgian detective is highly intuitive and most he meets find him peculiar. Not I. He's sharp.

If you like mystery and haven't tried Agatha Christie yet, you really should. She is the cream of the crop. The inspiration to many of today's mystery novelists. Heck, there is a writing award named after her.

Giving a nod to the book review bloggers out there and one of their regular memes..."It's Monday, what are you reading this week?" It's a lot of fun to see what everyone likes or is reading at school. Please answer this question in a comment below.

Happy reading!



  1. That sounds interesting. I like mysteries. I am reading thr "I Survived" books now. They are based on true stories but they are fiction.

    1. Sounds interesting. I think someone else I know is or was reading them.
      If you are interested in trying out Agatha Christie there are a couple of books that combine a lot of her shorter stories in them.
      Hercule Poirot is set in the Art Deco period of the 1920s while Miss Marple is set after World War II. She's like a little old grandma; almost everyone is fooled by her appearance.