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The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding…

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (Poirot) (original 1960; edition 2002)

by Agatha Christie (Author)

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Title:The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (Poirot)
Authors:Agatha Christie (Author)
Info:HarperCollins Publishers (2002), Edition: Masterpiece Ed, 240 pages
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The Adventure Of The Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie (1960)



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More than holiday cheer awaits Detective Hercule Poirot at a Christmas celebration when a jewel thief is in the midst. And Poirot may have to watch what he eats—for reasons beyond the gastronomical—in The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by author Agatha Christie.

This is the second Poirot short I've read recently, and I got a bit nervous in the middle of reading this one, unable to recall if it was supposed to be a murder mystery. While I do read murder mysteries from time to time, I have certain preferences concerning the tone of such stories, and I can't say that murder and Christmas are two ingredients that I'd be eager to mix.

Nevertheless, I'm so glad I read this tale all the way through. The old-fashioned English Christmas elements are downright charming, as are the little nods to romance. Even with the story's shortness, the mystery has got a good number of clever twists, and I'm all for the quirky-and-proper flavor I expected to find in a read like this.

I hoped to like this short holiday story, and I wound up loving it. ( )
  NadineC.Keels | Jun 7, 2019 |
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding is a short story collection that is 5/6 Poirot and 1/6 Marple. Poirot features in the title story as well as "The Mystery of the Spanish Chest", "The Under Dog", "Four and Twenty Black Birds", and "The Dream", while Marple solves the mystery of "Greenshaw's Folly".

This was a great collection to spend time with over the holiday season. The title story is chock-a-block with Christmas cheer, and the other stories in the collection provided a nice break from the busyness of the season. I especially enjoyed the Spanish chest story, which is one of my favourite episodes of the Suchet TV series. Content-wise, there may be some overlap with other short story collections, but the stories themselves would be enjoyable even with repetition. Recommended. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Dec 22, 2018 |
Late in her career, Dame Agatha collected some Poirot short stories which hadn’t been published in book form, expanded them, and they became this release. As is her wont, Christie’s long-form short stories (if that phrase doesn’t sound ridiculous) often work well enough. No, they’re never going to have the complexity of her novels, but there’s a restrained strength to each of the Poirot stories here, all of which were subsequently made into very good episodes of the David Suchet television series. More to the point, most of the stories – notably the title story – are wonderfully atmospheric, and this elevates them a little.

The final story, "Greenshaw’s Folly", is a rather weak Marple attempt. It’s an unusual choice to include in this volume, but it ensures that Poirot and Marple – at least nominally – share a book.

[US readers can find these stories scattered in "The Under Dog", "Three Blind Mice" and "The Regatta Mystery", but these days it's probably just easier to buy the Complete Short Stories of Poirot and/or Marple, generally in quite lovely volumes from HarperCollins.]

Poirot ranking: 26th of 38. ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
A good mix of stories. Some Poirot and Marple appear here. Recommended to Christie fans. ( )
  ktlavender | Jul 17, 2017 |
This short Hercule Poirot story takes rather a long time to warm up, though the resolution is quite funny. As a short (36 pages), it doesn't have time to develop the usual plethora of suspects and there are no red herrings to be caught. I was slightly confused at first by references to tape recorders and television in a short story published in 1923, but this is apparently an expanded version published some decades later. ( )
  john257hopper | Dec 19, 2016 |
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This book of Christmas fare may be described as "The Chef's Selection." (From Agatha Christie's foreword, Harper Collins trade paperback, 2016)
"I regret exceedingly—" said M. Hercule Poirot.
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1.The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, or The Theft of the Royal Ruby
Poirot is tasked with finding a stolen heirloom jewel for a visiting prince.
2. The Mystery of the Spanish Chest
A servant opens a chest to find a body inside
3. The Underdog
Charles Leverson is arrested for the murder of his uncle, Sir Rueben Astwell. Lady Astwell is certain that Leverson is innocent, and summons Poirot to investigate
4. Four and Twenty Blackbirds
Discussing eating habits over dinner with a friend. The waitress tells them that one of their regular customers has suddenly changed his unvarying habits. Poirot investigates and uncovers a murder.
5. The Dream
Poirot is summoned to the home of a reclusive millionaire who asks Poirot to investigate his recurring dream of committing suicide. Farley is later found dead in a manner suggested by the dream. Poirot helps the police investigate.
6. Greenshaw's Folly
Miss Marple's nephew Raymond West takes his friend Horace Bindler to see a very eccentric mansion. They meet the owner, Miss Greenshaw, and she asks them to witness a will. A few days later, she is murdered with an arrow, and Miss Marple investigates.

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding and a Selection of Entrées short story collection in Wikipedia
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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A selection of
short stories starring Hercule
Poirot, Miss Marple.

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!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:23 -0400)

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An English country house at Christmas time, with its crackling log fires and fine food, may seem an incongruous setting for a crime -- but a sinister note left on his pillow tells Hercule Poirot everything is not as it seems. The great detective plays his cards close to his chest -- until the discovery of a young woman lying in the snow, a Kurdish knife in the centre of a crimson stain on her white wrap, spurs Poirot into revealing his hand. Seven cases in which Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple prove conclusively that their powers of detection take the cake...… (more)

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