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...
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.
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.
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.
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.