Hercule Poirot, the world's most famous detective, returns in this ingenious, stylish, and altogether delicious mystery from the author of the instant bestseller The Monogram Murders.
"What I intend to say to you will come as a shock..."
With these words, Lady Athelinda Playford -- one of the world's most beloved children's authors -- springs a surprise on the lawyer entrusted with her will. As guests arrive for a party at her Irish mansion, Lady Playford has decided to cut off her two children without a penny . . . and leave her vast fortune to someone else: an invalid who has only weeks to live.
Among Lady Playford's visitors are two strangers: the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard. Neither knows why he has been invited -- until Poirot begins to wonder if Lady Playford expects a murder. But why does she seem so determined to provoke a killer? And why -- when the crime is committed despite Poirot's best efforts to stop it -- does the identity of the victim make no sense at all?
Addictive, ferociously clever, and packed with clues, wit, and murder, Closed Casket is a triumph from the author whose work is "as tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie" (Alexander McCall Smith, The New York Times Book Review).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you miss Agatha Christie and her detective Hercule Poirot as much as we do—her flawless plot lines, his Belgian hauteur—you’ll be thrilled to know they're back! Well, sort of. Bestselling British author Sophie Hannah has heroically shouldered the very daunting task of writing new Christie whodunits. Closed Casket, Hannah's second Poirot novel, is everything we could've hoped for: a witty, mind-bending murder mystery that's a perfect homage to Christie's legacy.
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.
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Oh my god. That’s what my brain kept screaming while I read this book. That, and “Just get on with it, for f-(%$ sake!!”
The unnecessary wordiness and roundabout explanations and backwards descriptions to set up a simple scene are so distracting that one cannot enjoy the story. So many words yammering on and on and on in the most convoluted manner, all in an effort to ultimately convey a simple thought. It feels like the author is desperate to prove something to the readers - perhaps a need to convince us that they have a sophisticated level of intelligence? - but unfortunately it just comes off as arrogant. It’s almost impossible to finish reading. It’s too bad because the author is clearly talented in terms of plotting ideas and story concepts. She just misses the mark when it comes to story-telling.