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text 2018-12-13 09:17
Reading progress update: I've read 62 out of 268 pages.
Hercule Poirot's Christmas - Agatha Christie

"Your mother had the brains of a louse! And it seems to me she´s transmitted those brains to her children." He raised himself suddenly up. A red spot appeared on each cheek. His voice came high and shrill. "You´re not worth a penny piece, any of you! I´m sick of all of you! You´re not men! You´re weaklings - a set of namby-pamby weaklings. Pilar´s worth any two of you put together! I´ll swear to heaven I´ve got a better son somewhere in the world than any of you, even if you are born the right side of the blanket!"

 

When it comes to dysfunctional families, the Lee family definitely takes the cake. A very toxic Christmas to all of them.

 

Christie clearly must have had fun writing the character of Simeon Lee, the old patriarch of the family. Otherwise I can´t explain all the cackling and sinister hand-rubbing his character is doing throughout the story.

 

It´s so much fun and so far I´m having a blast with this book.

 

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review 2018-09-30 16:59
Hallowe'en Party
Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot, #36) - Agatha Christie

I think this may be the first Christie book that I've read that was set later in her career. It was interesting to see the changes in dialogue and story line in a book first published in 1969 and those by the same author that were originally published a couple of decades or so earlier.

 

It was also my first meeting with Ariadne Oliver, and I adored her.

 

A 13-year old girl is murdered at a Halloween Party after boasting that she witnessed a murder. The girl is known to stretch the truth and therefore isn't believed by those who heard her boast. There's some talk that perhaps some mentally ill stranger snuck in and did the deed. That's definitely much better than suspecting someone else at the party--a neighbor, a friend--was responsible. Mrs. Oliver, a popular crime novelist, doesn't think so. She then enlists Poirot to investigate.

 

Poirot doesn't put much stock in the stranger theory, either, and thinks the child could have been murdered for her boast. In the course of his investigation he also hears several rumors and gossip around town about a forged codicil to a Will, a missing au pair, and a murdered law clerk. Is there a connection between these and the murdered girl or is are they all unrelated tragedies?

 

I thought I had the mystery and the killer figured out in this one, but was only partially right.

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text 2018-09-30 16:15
Reading progress update: I've read 272 out of 272 pages.
Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot, #36) - Agatha Christie

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text 2018-09-30 03:56
Reading progress update: I've read 202 out of 272 pages.
Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot, #36) - Agatha Christie
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text 2018-09-29 04:07
Reading progress update: I've read 125 out of 272 pages.
Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot, #36) - Agatha Christie
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