Closed Casket: A New Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)

September 10, 2016 - Comment

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

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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 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).

Comments

S. McGee says:

A pale imitation of the original, proving that imitation isn’t always flattery At one point in the inevitable denouement, when Agatha Christie’s sleuth (being channeled here, postmortem, by Sophie Hannah) Hercule Poirot has assembled all of the suspects in the murder in the drawing room to listen to the final product of the functioning of his famous “little grey cells”, he refers to the murder itself being neat and tidy — and almost simple. That made me stop and think about what frustrated me about this somewhat unsatisfactory homage to both Christie and Poirot:…

OutlawPoet says:

Poirot? Mais, non! I can’t imagine trying to fill the shoes of Dame Agatha Christie. Not only were her characters larger than life, she was a larger than life character herself, imbuing a mix of charm and irony into her books that’s hard to match. 

T. says:

An improvement over the previous Poirot novel, but still not worth reading. This novel is the second new Poirot story written by Sophie Hannah. I haven’t read Hannah’s other works, but I have read The Monogram Murders, the first novel she wrote with Poirot. I don’t know if it’s a feature of her work in general, but those two novels share many inelegant commonalities: the plot device of inauthentic, contrived conversations that are conveniently overheard and misunderstood; chapters that ramble on about some event in the past that somehow set up the current situation;…

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