I thought I had read all of the Agatha Christie murder mysteries years ago. Then, while Becky was searching for a book of Christmas short stories for me, I found Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot's Christmas. The only ties to Christmas are the dates and the estranged family coming home for the holiday. Pretty much the usual Christie/Poirot murder mystery - a gathering of people, a murder, and the little Belgian detective. Picture Murder on the Orient Express - only in an English manor house at Christmas, without any signs of Christmas.
I love Agatha Christie for the simple old-fashioned murder mystery - no high tech here, but unusually there is a bit of gore. Mild by today's standards though. Lots of blood and talk about the quantity of blood. The disappointment of the book is that Poirot does not demonstrate much of his expected manner, and never referrs to "the tiny gray cells." But, am I remembering that from the other books, the movies, or the great A&E movies starring David Suchet (the consumate Poirot, in my opinion)?
Sure, I thought I had figured out whodunit, but I didn't. As usual Dame Christie through in a twist that I didn't catch in the multitude of useful and useless clues.
I don't know if Murder on the Orient Express or Death on the Nile is my favorite. Do you have a favorite? Does anyone read Agatha Christie anymore? And, who is the better detective Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot?