It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is only a few short days away! As part of this year’s Christmas celebration, I’ve been spending the month of December reading a variety of books set around Christmastime and during the winter. Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to read Agatha Christie’s A Holiday for Murder (which was originally published under the title Murder for Christmas).
A Holiday for Murder takes place during the week surrounding Christmas. Simeon Lee, a very wealthy old man, has invited his children home to Gorston Hall to celebrate the holiday. Their reunion is far from happy, however, as tensions run high between the brothers and their father…especially when they discover that Simeon intends to alter his will after Christmas.
On Christmas Eve, Simeon’s children are startled by the sounds of a struggle and a loud scream coming from their father’s bedroom. The door is locked, but after breaking it down, they discover that Simeon has been brutally murdered. It’s up to the local police and visiting detective Hercule Poirot to solve the case…no easy task when nearly every member of the household has a motive for murder.
This was my first time reading A Holiday for Murder, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I haven’t had the opportunity to read very many of Christie’s Hercule Poirot Mysteries, but I really like the character, and I’m looking forward to reading more of the series in the future.
The characters and mystery in A Holiday for Murder are very complex, which made the story an interesting read. I always appreciate it when authors can keep me guessing right up until the very end of the book, and that’s exactly what happened here. I had a very hard time putting the book down, and actually ended up reading it in a single day.
If you’re looking for a great murder mystery set around Christmastime, then I definitely recommend checking out A Holiday for Murder. If you have the opportunity to read this wonderful Agatha Christie novel during this holiday season, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!