Hercule Poirot's Christmas (Hercule Poirot Mystery)

By Agatha Christie

The Queen of poser has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the stated mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth omit Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and such a lot of different unforgettable characters—brings her whole oeuvre of creative whodunits, locked room mysteries, and complicated puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. In Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, the vacations are something yet merry while a family members reunion is marred through murder—and the notoriously fastidious investigator is instantly at the case.

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He went on, warmed through the presence of her adolescence and powerful femininity. “George? What’s George? A stick! A filled codfish! a pompous windbag without brains and no guts—and suggest approximately funds in addition! David? David continuously used to be a fool—a idiot and a dreamer. His mother’s boy, that was once continually David. in simple terms brilliant factor he ever did used to be to marry that stable comfortable-looking girl. ” He introduced down his hand with a bang at the fringe of his chair. “Harry’s the easiest of ’em! negative previous Harry, the inaccurate ‘un! yet at any fee he’s alive! ” Pilar agreed. “Yes, he's great. He laughs—laughs out loud—and throws his head again. Oh, definite, i admire him greatly. ” The previous guy checked out her. “You do, do you, Pilar? Harry continuously had a fashion with the ladies. Takes after me there. ” He started to snigger, a gradual wheezy giggle. “I’ve had an excellent life—a first-class lifestyles. lots of every thing. ” Pilar stated: “In Spain we now have a proverb. it truly is like this: “Take what you love and pay for it, says God. ” Simeon beat an appreciative hand at the arm of his chair. “That’s solid. That’s the stuff. Take what you love . . . I’ve performed that—all my life—taken what i wished. . . . ” Pilar acknowledged, her voice excessive and transparent, and all of sudden arresting: “And you will have paid for it? ” Simeon stopped giggling to himself. He sat up and stared at her. He acknowledged, “What’s that you just say? ” “I acknowledged, have you ever paid for it, Grandfather? ” Simeon Lee stated slowly: “I—don’t recognize. . . . ” Then, beating his fist at the arm of the chair, he cried out with surprising anger: “What makes you assert that, woman? What makes you are saying that? ” Pilar stated: “I—wondered. ” Her hand, keeping the reveal, used to be arrested. Her eyes have been darkish and mysterious. She sat, her head thrown again, aware of herself, of her womanhood. Simeon acknowledged: “You devil’s brat . . . ” She stated softly: “But you love me, Grandfather. you love me to take a seat right here with you. ” Simeon acknowledged: “Yes, i love it. It’s decades considering I’ve noticeable whatever so younger and gorgeous . . . It does me sturdy, warms my outdated bones . . . And you’re my very own flesh and blood . . . solid for Jennifer, she became out to be the simplest of the bunch in spite of everything! ” Pilar sat there smiling. “Mind you, you don’t idiot me,” stated Simeon. “I understand why you sit down right here so patiently and hear me droning on. It’s money—it’s all cash . . . Or do you faux you like your outdated grandfather? ” Pilar acknowledged: “No, i don't love you. yet i love you. i admire you a great deal. you want to think that, for it really is precise. i believe you've been depraved, yet i love that too. you're extra actual than the opposite humans during this residence. and you've got attention-grabbing issues to assert. you've gotten travelled and you have got led a lifetime of experience. If I have been a guy i might be like that, too. ” Simeon nodded. “Yes, i think you are going to . . . We’ve gypsy blood in us, so it’s regularly been acknowledged. It hasn’t proven a lot in my children—except Harry—but i feel it’s pop out in you. i will wait and see, brain you, whilst it’s beneficial. I waited as soon as fifteen years to get inspite of a guy who’d performed me an harm. That’s one other attribute of the Lees—they don’t disregard! They’ll avenge a unsuitable in the event that they need to wait years to do it.

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