Hercule Poirot's Christmas: A BBC Full-Cast Radio Drama

Hercule Poirot's Christmas: A BBC Full-Cast Radio Drama

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by Agatha Christie
     
 

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'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring--because they were all dead.

What else can you expect for the holidays from the #1 bestselling Queen of Crime?

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'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring--because they were all dead.

What else can you expect for the holidays from the #1 bestselling Queen of Crime?

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
"How dreadful that the holidays should begin with a wailing scream and a deathly gurgle! Never has Poirot's mighty brain functioned more brilliantly than in Hercule Poirot's Christmas."—The New York Times
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"How dreadful that the holidays should begin with a wailing scream and a deathly gurgle! Never has Poirot's mighty brain functioned more brilliantly than in Hercule Poirot's Christmas."—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425177419
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Series:
Hercule Poirot Radio Drama Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie, the acknowledged ‘Queen of Detective Fiction’ (The Observer) was born in Torquay in 1890. During the First World War she worked as a hospital dispenser, and it was here that she gleaned the working knowledge of various poisons that was to prove so useful in her detective stories. Her first novel was The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced Hercule Poirot to the world. This was published in 1920 (although in fact she had written it during the war) and was followed over the next six years by four more detective novels and a short story collection. However, it was not until the publication of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd that Agatha Christie’s reputation was firmly established. This novel, with its complex plot and genuinely shocking conclusion, attracted considerable public attention and has since been acknowledged by many experts as a masterpiece. In 1930 the sharp-witted spinster sleuth Miss Marple made her first appearance in Murder at the Vicarage. In all, Agatha Christie published 80 crime novels and short story collections. The brilliance of Christie’s plots, and her enduring appeal, have led to a number of dramatisations of her work on radio, television and film. In 1930 she was one of a number of crime writers asked to contribute a chapter to a mystery, Behind the Screen, that was broadcast on BBC radio on 21st June that year. More recently, June Whitfield portrayed Miss Marple on BBC Radio 4, whilst John Moffat starred as Hercule Poirot. On screen, Peter Ustinov, David Suchet, Margaret Rutherford, Joan Hickson, Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie have all memorably played Agatha Christie’s famous sleuths. As her play The Mousetrap (the longest-running play in the history of the theatre) testifies, Agatha Christie’s detective stories are likely to appeal for a long time to come. Agatha Christie was awarded a CBE in 1956 and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1971. She died in 1976.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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Hercule Poirot's Christmas 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! I couldn't put it down... it's one of those books that makes you WANT to figure it out, and you'll LOVE the ending... shhh. It's a secret, and I can't tell you anything else or the book wouldn't be as FUN! You'll adore Hercule Poirot for his strategy and thinking style. The beginning is at first DIFFERENT, but it all ties in! A TERRIFIC BOOK! Good job, Miss Christie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is classic Agatha Christie. The characters are detailed and natural, the family is relatively dysfunctional, and the reveal is shocking and entertaining. There are the expected clues, the kind that most only see in retrospect. This book plays on the theme of Christmas being a time for family, and family murder, brilliantly. All in all, this is a believable and gripping story. My only complaint is spoiler-related, and doesn't take anything from the story, instead only making it more realistic. I fully recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Agatha Christie.
Daisy44 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
<HTML><FONT SIZE=2 PTSIZE=10 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0">This is a classy "who-done-it" by the master, Agatha Christie. Well written, to say the least, I can enthusiastically recommend this fine book. The ending is a whopper of a surprise, for me at least. There are perhaps a bit too many characters to keep track of, but it didn't deter from the enjoyment of the book. Go get it!<BR> <BR> This reviewer is 80 years old, which may help you in evaluating my review.</FONT></HTML>
spr26 More than 1 year ago
agatha strikes gold again
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
A closed room murder, a family gathering at Christmas, and Poirot's little gray cells at work, what more is needed for a good Christmas mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Christie is at her best keeping the reader guessing as to who done it! It always manages to be the least likely. A good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i absolutely loved this book.it is one of my ever favourites.a heart thumping, brain racing, extra+extrordinary novel.
nanaof3 More than 1 year ago
No one does murder better than Agatha Christie and Hercules Poirot's Christmas is testimony to this. In typical Christie fashion, a murder takes place in a houseful of suspects.Everyone, it seems, has a motive but it takes the genius of Hercules Poirot to solve the crime and keep us guessing until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it's typical Agatha Christie. if you like her then this book should be right up your alley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poirot is amazing!! Love the series and the show!
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Enjoyed the book
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rabbit4 More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie has always been a favorite of mine
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Continuation by christie trust is. This is one of the best locked room mysteries. The familiy gathers at christmas after years of discord happy families it is not. There are missing diamonds and then well you willl have to read it if you read closely you might see the clues the other christie holiday story was a novella but printed as a christmas book the christmas pudding and another short story about missing pearls. Buska
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One of Agatha Christie's best books. The clues are there but only in hindsight.
pianotshr More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot. So I only have good and positive praise for the mysteries which include Mr. Poirot. The only disappointing thing is that it was rather short. I like reading long stories and prolonging the plot.