Name: The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (Poirot #35)
Author: Agatha Christie
Number of Pages: 363 (Kindle)
Published: October 24th 1960 (originally)
Genre: Crime, Mystery
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.
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (a.k.a The Theft of the Royal Ruby)
The Mystery of the Spanish Chest
The Under Dog
Four and Twenty Blackbirds
The end of one year and the beginning of another felt like the perfect time to indulge in a seasonal Agatha Christie. I’m trying to read more of her novels, particularly Poirot stories, and with Christmas not that long ago I thought I’d give this short story collection a try.
I’m sure I’ve said before that I’m not the greatest fan of short stories; in general I go for really long books, but this collection held my attention and proved an enjoyable read for this time of year.
I particularly enjoyed The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which Christie mentions in a foreword was written in part as a tribute to fond memories of Christmases gone by. Poirot finds himself called upon to resolve a sticky situation in which a priceless jewel has been purloined. His infamous little grey cells are more than equal to the task, all whilst savouring the delights of a traditional Christmas in a country house.
Greenshaw’s Folly was my first introduction to Miss Marple, but it probably won’t be the last time I meet her this year.
I enjoyed this short story collection and it probably doesn’t take Hercule Poirot to tell you that it won’t be long before I’ll be selecting another Christie novel to read.