During Christmas time everyone behaves better, at least everyone but old Simeon Lee.
The rich man reunites his family (his three sons and their wives and his granddaughter) for Christmas time with the aim to make their life miserable and have a laugh at theirs expenses.
Each son has some grudge with him, because their father tyranny, because his way to treat their long dead mother, because he refuses them money.
The days before Christmas the family meets, and they are joined also by the son of an old friend of Simeon Lee. Diamonds are shown, screams are heard and Simeon Lee is found dead in a classic closed room setting. Each person had a reason to kill him, so Poirot’s help is sought to discover the murderer and how he/she managed to kill the old man.
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas shows Agatha Christie’s skill in building a crime novel; Poirot asks questions, thinks and gathers every possible hint to uncover the murderer.
I enjoyed reading this book, but I think that some characters are quite excessive in their actions and statements clashing with the general atmosphere.
* Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie ★★★☆☆
*I read this book in English