Two short novellas that make for an enjoyble evening's read.Although retired, Hercule Poirot is lured back into the private investigator's game when a valuable ruby is stolen from Prince from somewhere in the Mideast.The investigation takes place during a traditional English Christmas celebration at a large home in the country featuring snowmen, decorations, stockings, Midnight Mass, lavish meals, and a Christmas pudding.In this novella, Christie throws around enough clues that it's fairly easy to figure out who stole the ruby.In the Mystery of the Spanish Chest, a body is discovered in a Spanish trunk the morning after a party was given in a London flat.Obviously, one of the guests at the party committed the deed, but which one?Even with the hint about Otello, I had to wait until Poirot revealed the solution in his own dramatic way.Love you, Agatha.