Hercule Poirot returns in another brilliant murder mystery that can only be solved by the eponymous Belgian detective and his ‘little grey cells’.
‘What I intend to say to you will come as a shock . . .’
Lady Athelinda Playford has planned a house party at her mansion in Clonakilty, County Cork, but it is no ordinary gathering. As guests arrive, Lady Playford summons her lawyer to make an urgent change to her will – one she intends to announce at dinner that night. She has decided to cut off her two children without a penny and leave her fortune to someone who has only weeks to live . . .
Among Lady Playford’s guests are two men she has never met – the famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard. Neither knows why he has been invited . . . until Poirot starts to wonder if Lady Playford expects a murderer to strike. But why does she seem so determined to provoke, in the presence of a possible killer?
When the crime is committed in spite of Poirot’s best efforts to stop it, and the victim is not who he expected it to be, will he be able to find the culprit and solve the mystery?
Following the phenomenal global success of The Monogram Murders, which was published to critical acclaim following a co-ordinated international launch in September 2014, international best-selling crime writer Sophie Hannah has been commissioned by Agatha Christie Limited to pen a second fully-authorised Poirot novel. The new book marks the centenary of the creation of Christie’s world-famous detective Hercule Poirot, introduced in her first book The Mysterious Affair at Styles.
‘Sparkling second outing for Hannah's reimagined Poirot. The setting (posh Irish country house), the characters (country lawyers, creepy male secretary, stroppy flapper, etc) and the period vocabulary are all spot on, but it's the utter fiendish unpredictability of the plot that makes Sophie the new Agatha’ Sunday Times
‘An ingenious solution to the mystery of Closed Casket represents another satisfying addition to the Agatha Christie canon’ Irish Times
‘Top-class entertainment’ Woman & Home
‘Closed Casket is deviously plotted, deeply satisfying and does the grande dame of crime proud’ Good Housekeeping
‘A brand new (and fiendishly puzzling) case for Hercule Poirot – seriously, what could be more blissful?’ Saga Magazine
‘This mystery is enormously compulsive – keep ‘em coming! 5 stars’ Heat
‘Christie’s boots as a crime writer are hard to fill, but Hannah achieves it quietly and intelligently with Poirot-sized steps once again in Closed Casket… The whole book will not only delight Agatha Christie devotees but anyone who loves a good, well written murder mystery’ Devon Life
‘A brand new (and fiendishly puzzling) case for Hercule Poirot – seriously, what could be more blissful? … Gorgeous’ SAGA
‘This cunningly executed Christie tribute taps into the current vogue for Golden Age crime with its vintage plot, numerous possible motives and neatly contained setting’ METRO
'a literary marriage made in heaven!’ THE TIMES
‘a novel fizzing with ideas and spikey dialogue’ SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘an absolute gem for murder mystery fans’ CLOSER
Set in October 1929, bestseller Hannah's captivating sequel to 2014's The Monogram Murders finds Hercule Poirot and Scotland Yard's Insp. Edward Catchpool visiting Lady Athelinda Playford's mansion in Clonakilty, County Cork, in the Irish Free State. Other guests include Athie's children, their significant others, her attorneys, and her ailing secretary. At first, Poirot and Catchpool can't figure out why they were invited, but then Athie announces she's drafted a new will leaving everything to her secretary, and they realize their presence is intended to keep the peace. Someone commits murder regardless, and the detecting duo must determine whodunit. An intriguing setup, colorful characters, and witty dialogue elevate this classic manor house mystery. Fiendish schemes and an abundance of interpersonal conflict foster tension and drive plot, while outrageous twists and juicy red herrings confound readers. This Christie estate sanctioned pastiche isn't perfect Hannah's Poirot is too subdued and the killer's machinations prove preposterous but overall, this endeavor confirms that the Queen of Crime's legacy is in capable hands.
Very slow to get going
I'd give the second half of this book five stars but it didn't bode well that I read two other books in the middle as it didn't hold my attention.
Love Sophie's other books but this fell short for me.
Strays too far from the true Poirot style
Sophie's first Poirot was much better than this one. Here the style feels so unlike Agathas that it might as well have not been Poirot. The plot was so convoluted that there was no following it. Disappointing
Without doubt the worst book I’ve read in years