Agatha Christie's
Hercule Poirot in the Adventure of the Christmas Pudding

Starring: John Moffat, Murray Melvin, Donald Sinden and Sian Phillips
BBC Audio
RRP: 8.99
ISBN-13: 9 780563 510512
ISBN-10: 0 563 51051 X
Available 04 September 2006

An Eastern Prince arrives in England with some family jewels which he's having reset as a gift for his fiancee. However, the Prince also has a mistress; she asks to wear one particular enchanting piece that features a huge ruby, and then promptly disappears with it...

Poirot discovers a connection with a house party at the home of Colonel and Mrs Lacey, and in order to pursue his investigation an invitation is procured for him to the Laceys', ostensibly to enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas. With deft skill and the workings of his 'little grey cells'. Poirot brings this case to a satisfying and festive conclusion.

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding BBC Radio recording was first broadcast on 25 December 2004 and has a running time of 45 minutes. This is not one of Agatha Christie's greatest Poirot stories, however it's noteworthy for not being your typical Poirot tale - it's more of a festive treat for fans.

While I can see the warm glow this would leave listener's with when hearing it on Christmas Day, it didn't do much for me listening to it in September (especially as the shops are already telling me to get ready for Christmas with their festive displays slowly appearing). To be honest I thought the whole thing was a little too twee to be stomached more than once - which is a shame because this is a first rate audio production in all other aspects.

If you are an Agatha Christie fanatic, then you'll love this slice of festive entertainment. However, if you are looking for a good old fashioned murder mystery then you'd be better advised to look elsewhere.

Amber Leigh

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