It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture followed by a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead in a pool of blood his throat slashed. But when Hercule Poirot offers to assist he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion. It seems everyone had their own reason to hate the old man…
This novel is prefaced by the epigram from Macbeth, “Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?” It was broadcast in 1995 with David Suchet as Poirot.
First published in 1938 it’s the perfect book for these long winter nights, a locked room mystery to get the little grey cells going with a festive theme.
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