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Lydia Lee is a supporting protagonist in Agatha Christie's 1938 Hercule Poirot novel, Hercule Poirot's Christmas. She is the wife of Simeon Lee's youngest son, Alfred Lee, both of the couples living with Simeon. She is also one of the witnesses providing testimony for her father-in-law's murder.

She was portrayed by Catherine Rabett in Agatha Christie's Poirot.

History

By the start of the story, Lydia Lee, alongside her husband and other family members, were suffered from the tyrannical, abusive and tormenting rule of Simeon Lee, who made a malicious prank near the Christmas Eve through the announcement of rigging his last will and testement.

Upon the return of whom claimed to be Pilar Estravados, Simeon Lee's long lost grand-daughter, as well as the feud cemented around the old man's precious diamond that he had claimed from his deceased working partner through his unscrupulous means, the situation cemented and the family started to hate Simeon and even, at some point, spread the hatred to each other. Lydia was one of the few, if not the only, who managed to maintain the situation and comfort her siblings-in-law.

Lydia was the first to notice that something happened to Simeon Lee when she went upstairs and found Simeon's door locked up. She then heard a loud noise like yelling inside, of what appeared to be Simeon Lee screaming. She and other family members rushed to the scene and broke through the door, only to find Lee dead in the pool.

Lydia's presence and alibi was witnessed by Pilar, who saw her approaching Simeon's bedroom. After the murder of Simeon Lee, Lydia provided testimony to Poirot and spoke out for Pilar's and others' innocence, especially when "Pilar" was exposed as an imposter and thus became the prime suspect at the time. Lydia's testimony made Poirot to deduce that Simeon was already killed before the altercation took place, because the killer faked Simeon's scream with a special balloon.

Since none of the Lee family's member had ever entered the scene, and Pilar and Lydia both provides alibi to each other, Poirot deduced that the killer is never a part of Lee's family who wanted Lee's fortune or jewelry, but an outsider desiring to seek vengeance against the depraved man.

By the end of the story, after the denoument and solotion of the case, Lydia accepted Pilar and Stephen Grant as part of her family, inviting them to a proper English Christmas Party.

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Agatha Christie's signature Heroes

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Hercule Poirot | Jane Marple
Secondary Detectives
Parker Pyne | Mr. Quin | Tommy and Tuppence Bresford
Amateur Detectives
Colonel Johnnie Race | Superintendent Battle | Bobby Jones | Frances Derwent | Arthur Calgary | Reniseb | Charles Hayward | Mark Easterbrook

Righteous Culprits
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Mary Debenham | Princess Natalia Dragomiroff | Hector MacQueen | Edward Henry Masterman | Colonel John Arbuthnot | Linda Arden | Count Andrenyi | Countess Andrenyi | Greta Ohlsson | Pierre Michel | Antonio Foscarelli | Hildegarde Schmidt | Cyrus Hardman | Edith de Haviland | Hercule Poirot
Short Stories
Madame Déroulard | Ronnie Oglander

Supporters, Victims & Others
Recurring
Captain Arthur Hastings | Inspector Japp | Felicity Lemon | Ariadne Oliver | George the Butler | Superintendent Spence | Colonel Johnnie Race | Superintendent Battle | Countess Vera Rosakoff | Raymond West | Joyce Lemprière
Victims & Attempted Victims
Alexander Bonaparte Cust | Miranda Butler | Mrs. Otterbourne | Pilar Estravados | Olga Seminoff
Others
Bella Duveen | Colonel Carbury | Dr. Constantine | Dr. Gerard | Dulcie Duveen | Ginerva Boynton | Hori | Judith Butler | Lydia Lee | Miss Bulstrode | Monsieur Bouc | Monsieur Giraud | Nadine Boynton | Rosalie Otterbourne | Sarah King | Sophia Leonides | Stephen Farr | Tim Allerton | Valerie Saintclair | Virginie Mesnard

Adaptational, Homage & Non-canonical
Benoit Blanc | Marta Carbera | Linda Drysdale

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