“Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?”
👪 Christmas should be all about family and loved, shouldn’t it? Maybe nobody gave the memo to Simeon Lee, very wealthy and not really fond of his sons and their wives. He demands them to come home for Christmas, just to announce that he is cutting off their allowances and changing his will. Any guess on what might happen?
❤️ I loved:
👨👩 The characters. Once again, with Agatha Christie, no one is who they appear to be. The book starts with a set of characters and ends with a completely different one. As usual, they are very well portrayed: their feelings, their emotions and, more important than ever, in this case, their physical appearance.
🗝️ The locked-room mystery. This is a favourite of Agatha, it’s not the first time we see it in her books. Simeon Lee is killed in his room. The door is locked and, after hearing the sounds of crashing of furniture and a hideous scream, his family have to break it down to enter the room.
❓ The whodunit. Again, clever, clever, clever! I had already read this book, so I can’t say it came as a surprise, but I’m pretty sure it did the first time I read it. The most insignificant piece of evidence can be crucial, if in the capable hands of Poirot and his grey cells.
👴 The family environment. This is another of Agatha’s favourites Similar to Crooked House that we’ve just read. The big difference is that, in this case, the patriarch of the family is tyrannical and mean, acting like he doesn’t love his family at all.
🤔 I wasn’t so sure about:
Poirot. He is not as prominent as in the other mysteries, still the cleverest in town, though.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5 Another masterpiece by the Queen of Crime. I just love her work, what can I say?