I'm giving this book 4 stars.
1: I love how literally every person in the story has motive for the murder and in fact Poirot has constructed a scenario in which each of them could have done the deed.
2: Agatha Christie has a way of giving little clues everywhere. You must only just be watching so carefully. With the most careful of observation you may even be able to solve this mystery. Just make sure that you don't discount anything. It's all important.
3: I was not pleased that there was so much language in this book, but as a classic I go a little leaner (that is not quite the word is it? Leniency is the idea though) on that. ( I don't know why?) And this is definitely a classic. You can see, and almost feel really, the time period in the writing. If that makes sense...
4: As far as Christmas stories go, I rather agree with Pilar. I had hoped for a rather traditional British Christmas. Instead, there was not very much celebrating going on. I guess that's the consequence of a fellow being murdered on Christmas Eve.
5: I think Lydia and Pilar were quite sweet together. I loved all the intercharacter relations and feel like each relation was unique from the others. With so many different dynamics it keeps the story interesting beyond the mystery.
As always, thanks for reading! Feel free to contact me any time! And don't forget to have an amazing December!