I read Poirot's Christmas. It was good, but when I spotted this book and read the beginning. How AC put her ingredients of her favorite Christmas mysteries together like a recipe I knew I had to read it.
I was not disappointed. Her book started out with the story of The Christmas Pudding.
A ruby was missing from someone acting for the Commonwealth. It was not just a jewel but a historical possession. Who do they call but Hercule Poirot. With much convincing Poirot agreed to solve this case. Edwina Morecombe had a old fashioned Christmas for Poirot to see. Plus central heating and bath water being perfection for Poirot to do the job.
How did Poirot get a hold of ruby? It was in the pudding of course. Not for long it took someone to steal it. Along with Poirot getting the facts and suspicion of others.The children decided to put on a play for Poirot to make him feel welcome. They didn't know but Hercule had his own surprise for the kids.
Also very helpful was the cooks. He was so grateful that he told one that when he returns to London he will send her a present. Poirot is never that generous.
I think he was so taken back that he did enjoy himself. Otherwise he would be alone.
Of course there was no doubt that Hercule Poirot got his culprit.
He enjoyed it very much. He said to himself that he had had a very good Christmas. And to think he did not want to go
Next Up is The Mystery of the Spanish Chest
A story of challenge and jealously. Hercule Poirot yet is looking into another mystery. Asked by a friend of his. This story shows a bit of Poirot not shall we say all pinned up. He looks at Miss Lemon in a different way.
Of course he solves the case of a man found in a Spanish Chest who thought he could see his wife doing who knows what. Not so festive at the party for him. Only does Poirot find that another has put him up to it. Jealously!
This room needs cleansing. The lingering memory of hate.
Poirot gets a visit from a Miss Margrave that her employer has sent her to find the best detective, and we all know that Hercule thinks/and knows he is the best, to look into the murder of Sir Atwell. Lady Atwell goes though what she knows. Leads Poirot to stay at the Mon Repos. Which will bring all that were there on edge. And eventually people will crack.
I'm having bit of trouble with this story. It's one of those stories that I'll be reading again. I watched the episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot and believe it was altered from the story AC wrote. For that I think the series was about some chemical coding being altered and stolen. A reread definitely.
Four and Twenty Blackbirds
This story was interesting. Poirot's friend Charles asks Poirot for dinner. Established that one of the patrons is a regular. And something was weird about him for a few weeks. He came in on specific days. Except at a time where it was a different day. Not only that this man had the same food. Not this time. Hercule Poirot took upon himself to solve this case. Oh yeah the man was found dead. One thing lead to another and Poirot found out what happened. A switch a-roo and money. There is something I noticed. That his sidekick Hastings was not around. One time the way it was written I thought something might of happened to Hastings. This was Hercule's valet George's time in the limelight.
Interesting a man having the same dream and actually the dream coming true. Poirot gets summoned by this man. And can not go in detail with Poirot. Which makes Poirot a little confused and more determined. Of course Poirot gets to the bottom of it. For love, and money. Who knows, maybe both.
This story is a Miss Marple story. In my option is the darker of them all. Leave them asking for more. Of course the tv episode is different. I have to admit I was a bit distracted with this story. Another reread for me. What I did comprehend it was a will that was drawn up and people wonder if they are in it
What my take on these super stories is Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple seem to annoy the police and/or the people with their thoughts and know how. Which to me just makes them the best at what they do. All thanks to Agatha Christie for bringing them alive on these pages.