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The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (original 1960; edition 1980)

by Agatha Christie

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Member:andejons
Title:The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
Authors:Agatha Christie (Author)
Info:Fontana (1980), Paperback
Collections:Ägda, Your library, Hemhemma, Bra omslag, Läst 2003-2007, Läst 2012, Omätt, Ovägt
Rating:***1/2
Tags:brittisk litteratur, deckare, skönlitteratur, Hercule Poirot, samling, jul, Miss Marple, mord, stöld

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A couple of longish short crime stories, followed by some shorter ones. Mostly featuring Hercule Poirot. I thought the longish stories were pretty good, but the short ones were disappointing - relying on guesswork rather than characterisation and logic. Agatha Christie does better with full-length novels, in my opinion. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie - Good

This was a book of short stories, five Poirot, one Marple:
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
The Mystery of the Spanish Chest
The Under Dog
Four and Twenty Blackbirds
The Dream
Greenshaw's Folly

As with all Agatha Christie's they are beautifully crafted, but in one or two of them there tended to be a bit of a 'rabbit out of the hat' aspect to they way the mysteries are solved as you can't really see the development of the solution the way you can in her full novels. Still, a nice set of stories to read over Christmas solely picked for the seasonal theme of the first one.

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  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
The main story is good.

I wonder how "Greenshaw's Folly" became so famous and celebrated. I think it is one of her worst.

"The dream" collapses due to a large defect in the plot. ( )
  johnclaydon | Mar 22, 2015 |
Arrived just in time to read for Christmas and, oddly enough, I recently saw adaptions of almost all of these. It's interesting to see what changes were made, even the old TV Poirot was not completely faithful to the original. I enjoyed the longer novella the most, The Underdog, a bit more meat on the story but all were excellent.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
Annual fave Agatha Christmas read. Love the English atmosphere and detailed settings of AC mysteries and this one always adds to my Christmas tradition reading enjoyment! ( )
  FHC | Jun 13, 2013 |
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Hercule Poirot is summoned by letter to the house of Benedict Farley, very wealthy man. The butler escorts him to an office where Poirot is forced to prove his identity to the suspicious man. Finally, he tells Poirot that he has a recurring, very detailed dream in which he kills himself. Poirot determines that he cannot be of assistance, until after the police call him in when Farley is dead in the exact circumstances of the dream.

In: Agatha Christie, Regatta Mystery and Other Stories (New York : Berkeley Books, 1984), pp. 145-178.

First US publication: October 23, 1937 (Volume 210, Number 17) issue of The Saturday Evening Post with illustrations by F. R. Gruger. Wikipedia page
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0007121083, Paperback)

Agatha Christie's seasonal Poirot and Marple short story collection, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. First came a sinister warning to Poirot not to eat any plum pudding! then the discovery of a corpse in a chest! next, an overheard quarrel that led to murder! the strange case of the dead man who altered his eating habits! and the puzzle of the victim who dreamt his own suicide. What links these five baffling cases? The little grey cells of Monsieur Hercule Poirot!

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Poirot agrees to expose himself to the rigours of a traditional English Christmas in order to recover a priceless ruby stolen from a young Indian Prince by his former girlfriend. The ruby is returned to the Prince, thus averting a national scandal.

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