Closed Casket: A New Hercule Poirot Mystery

Closed Casket: A New Hercule Poirot Mystery

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.)
Gillian Flynn
“Equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging…I was thrilled to see Poirot in such very, very good hands. Reading The Monogram Murders was like returning to a favorite room of a long-lost home.”
Charles Todd
“Sophie Hannah’s The Monogram Murders does Christie proud. Our favorite detective is back and in impeccable form!”
Laura Lippman
“Sophie Hannah is a prodigious talent. I can’t wait to see what she does next.”
Tana French
“Perfect...a pure treat for Agatha Christie fans.”
Matthew Prichard
“Sophie Hannah’s idea for a plot line was so compelling and her passion for my grandmother’s work so strong, that we felt that the time was right for a new Christie to be written.”
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.
Kirkus Reviews
2016-06-15
A famous Irish author of children's mysteries announces that she's just disinherited her family before a gathering that includes those very family members—along with Hercule Poirot.Invited for unknown reasons to spend a week in Lady Athelinda Playford's home, Lillieoak, in County Cork, Poirot and his new Watson, Scotland Yard detective Edward Catchpool, can only watch in astonishment as she tells her dinner guests that she's leaving her entire estate to Joseph Scotcher, her secretary. Viscount Harry Playford, his wife, Dorothy, his older sister, Claudia, and her fiance, pathologist Randall Kimpton, are all aghast at the news that they'll be cut off without a farthing. But Poirot and Catchpool are even more surprised that Lady Playford has disinherited them all in favor of a man with Bright's disease who's been given only a short time to live—a man who greets the news of his unexpected windfall by instantly proposing marriage to his nurse, Sophie Bourlet. Whatever the reason for Lady Playford's quixotic decision, her children and their significant others, it turns out, have nothing to worry about, for Joseph Scotcher is murdered within hours of the disclosure, leaving the guests, one of whom immediately claims that she saw another one actually committing the murder, in the bullying grasp of Inspector Arthur Conree, who maintains that he hasn't sought this job but that he'll brook no interference in conducting it, setting the stage for a dizzying series of surprises that will reveal that everything anyone ever thought about Scotcher was wrong. As in The Monogram Murders (2014), Hannah provides both less and more than Agatha Christie ever baked into any of her tales. But the climactic revelation that establishes the killer's motive is every bit as brilliant and improbable as any of Christie's own decorous thunderclaps.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062458827
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/06/2016
Series:
Hercule Poirot Series
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
32,871
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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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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