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Closed Casket: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) (Paperback)
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This is a brilliant follow up to Hannah’s The Monogram Murders. Inspector Poirot and Detective Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard are 2 among 5 guests, 4 residents and 3 staff for a week- long stay at an Irish estate. Lillieoak is a Gothic mansion with vast grounds owned by Lady Athelinda Playford, renowned author of legendary children’s mysteries. The first evening the guests are assembled around the dining table, and after the second course, Althie announces the details of her new will. Her vast holdings have been reassigned to Joseph Scotcher, her Ladyship’s secretary, whose death from a rare kidney disease is imminent. What transpires afterwards is controlled (and at times funny!) chaos, classic Christie. Poirot is fabulous. The large cast of characters is diverse, and all 12 characters, plus the 2 local gardia are well defined and memorable. This is as convoluted a story as can be with so many pieces and twists, but it works like a well oiled machine. I was a captive right up until the end, and surprised at the outcome! Closed Casket is a perfect romp of a mystery - I think Dame Agatha would be tickled.— From Sara's Picks
The world’s most famous detective – and Agatha Christie’s most famous creation – returns in this new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Monogram Murders: a diabolically clever mystery soaked in period atmosphere and loaded with clues, suspense, and danger.
Praise for the New York Times bestseller THE MONOGRAM MURDERS:
“I was thrilled to see Hercule Poirot in such very, very good hands.” –Gillian Flynn
“Perfect . . . a pure treat.” –Tana French
“As tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie.” –Alexander McCall Smith
“Terrific . . . uncanny. Bravo!” –The Boston Globe
“Sharply written and rigorously plotted, this Poirot mystery rivals many of Christie’s own.” –NPR
About the Author
Sophie Hannah is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers, which have been published in 49 countries and adapted for television. She also wrote The Monogram Murders, the first Hercule Poirot novel authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie, and its sequels Closed Casket and The Mystery of Three Quarters.
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.
“Classic Christie . . . Captures the essence of the originals without being a slavish imitation . . . Clues emerge, but the case remains perplexing. Christie aficionados will delight in the familiar repartee and the intricate deduction of the solution.”
— Washington Post
“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.”
— Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl
“Perfect...a pure treat for Agatha Christie fans.”
— Tana French, New York Times betselling author of The Secret Place
“Sophie Hannah’s The Monogram Murders does Christie proud. Our favorite detective is back and in impeccable form!”
— Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author of An Unwilling Accomplice
“Sophie Hannah is a prodigious talent. I can’t wait to see what she does next.”
— Laura Lippman
“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.”
— Mathew Prichard, grandson of Agatha Christie