Book 18: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie.
If you feel like some Christmas sleuthing than take a read of Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie, first published on 19 December 1938.
It is Christmas Eve and everyone in the house hears the crashing of furniture, followed by a wailing and hideous scream. When they get to Simeon Lee’s room, they find it locked and they have to break the door down. When finally making it inside the room, they find the furniture overturned and Simeon Lee is dead, laying on the ground in his own blood. Superintendent Sugden explains that he is in the house by prior arrangement with the victim, who confided to him the theft of a large quantity of uncut diamonds from his safe. When Poirot is called in to investigate, there are serveral questions that needed to be answered; who killed the victim? How was the victim killed inside a locked room? Was the murder connected to the theft of the diamonds?
A master piece written by Agatha Christie as she gives us a good old-fashioned English country Christmas. Well…okay, not really. But it does give us a good old-fashioned English country Christmas murder complete with family members stuck together in the old house, with a theft of dimaonds and secrets as members of the family get killed one by one, as Poirot works to determine who the killer is.