Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Agatha Christie)

At our Reading Group meeting yesterday evening, held seasonally in a local hostelry, we discussed Agatha Christie’s novel Hercule Poirot’s Christmas.  It was another lively evening and very enjoyable, most of the group members warmed to this tale of murder mystery set during the Christmas period and it was a light-hearted book to read before we finish for the holidays.  Interestingly, our group was divided into readers who turned the pages needing to find out what was going to happen next and trying to work out ‘whodunnit’ and those who simply let the text place them in context, not worried about who was the perpetrator of the crime or how they did it.  We enjoyed the writing as a product of its time, written and published in the late 1930s, with reference to the Spanish Civil War and the threat of the impending breakout of  World War II.

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