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Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery (Signed Book)
     

Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery (Signed Book)

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by Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
 

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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 ("I was thrilled" — Gillian Flynn).

"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

Overview

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 ("I was thrilled" — Gillian Flynn).

"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).

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/20/2016
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. (Sept.)
Library Journal
04/15/2016
Here's Hannah's second Hercule Poirot novel (after the well-reviewed The Monogram Murders; "Christie herself, some might say, could do no better," said the Washington Post). No news on the plot, but there's a 100,000-copy first printing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062662279
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/06/2016
Series:
Hercule Poirot Series
Edition description:
Signed Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
12,060
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Sophie Hannah is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers, which have been published in 27 countries and adapted for television, as well as The Monogram Murders, the first Hercule Poirot novel authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie.

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

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Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
scull17 7 months ago
A murder takes place at an aristocratic estate. More than a dozen people staying there had motive and opportunity to commit the crime. Can Hercule Poirot solve the case? That’s a rhetorical question, of course. Anyone familiar with whodunit books knows how the formula goes. You go through the rigmarole of suspicion and investigation; then in the end you gather everyone in a room and reveal the culprit: it’s like watching a Scooby Doo episode. I quite enjoyed Sophie Hannah’s revival of Agatha Christie’s iconic detective. Poirot’s ego and distinctive way of speaking are all here. The many characters’ mannerisms and speech are all different from one another, which is very impressive; and the book is also hilarious in places. I plan on reading more of Hannah’s books (with or without Poirot).