Book Summary from Amazon
It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered when the tyrannical Simeon Lee is found dead in a pool of blood, his throat slashed. 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.
My Review - 5
In one word - delightful. I can't stop grinning after reading this mystery, very clever in deed. When Hercule Poirot is giving the blow by blow details, peeling an onion layer by layer you are glued to his story as a reader and can visualize the family being mesmorized by him, a smooth talker.
If you enjoyed And Then There Were None, you will love this one also, similar in many ways, you will never guess. I thought I had it but nope.
The father, Simeon Lee requested his estranged family home for the holidays and enjoyed every minute of making them miserable. He had quite the dark humour, it was funny but I also felt sorry for them. They described him as "the kind of man you might say had sold his soul to the devil and enjoyed the bargain!" page 220 Many thought he deserved to die and so the finger was pointed to all. He treated them horribly but he enjoyed every minute of making them miserable.
This was so well done, definitely makes me want to read more Agatha Christie, Queen of Mystery for sure.
"I believe the present matters - not the past! The past must go. If we seek to keep the past alive, we end, I think, by distorting it. We see it in exaggerated terms - a false perspective. Page 39
"I agree with you. It is here a family affair. It is a poison that works in the blood - it is intiate - it is deep-seated There is here, I think, hate and knowledge.... Page 211