Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

by Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

Hercule Poirot is back for his second outing under the fabulous guiding hand of Sophie Hannah. 70 year old children’s author Lady Athelinda Playford changes her will, causing the mayhem she predicted, however perhaps not quite in the way she expected. Hercule Poirot and Inspector Catchpool from Scotland Yard are on hand, their particular skills are essential in a house party full of lies, secrets and ghastly deeds. With twists and turns waiting at every corner, ready to trip you up, you need to maintain a clear head with this whodunit. Sophie Hannah maintains Poirot’s integrity, while injecting her own unique style, ensuring ‘The Closed Casket’ is a delightful tricky treat of a read. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery Synopsis

Hercule Poirot returns in another brilliant murder mystery that can only be solved by the eponymous Belgian detective and his 'little grey cells'. 'What I intend to say to you will come as a shock ...' Lady Athelinda Playford has planned a house party at her mansion in Clonakilty, County Cork, but it is no ordinary gathering. As guests arrive, Lady Playford summons her lawyer to make an urgent change to her will - one she intends to announce at dinner that night. She has decided to cut off her two children without a penny and leave her fortune to someone who has only weeks to live ...Among Lady Playford's guests are two men she has never met - the famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard. Neither knows why he has been invited ...until Poirot starts to wonder if Lady Playford expects a murderer to strike. But why does she seem so determined to provoke, in the presence of a possible killer? When the crime is committed in spite of Poirot's best efforts to stop it, and the victim is not who he expected it to be, will he be able to find the culprit and solve the mystery? Following the phenomenal global success of The Monogram Murders, which was published to critical acclaim following a co-ordinated international launch in September 2014, international best-selling crime writer Sophie Hannah has been commissioned by Agatha Christie Limited to pen a second fully-authorised Poirot novel. The new book marks the centenary of the creation of Christie's world-famous detective Hercule Poirot, introduced in her first book The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Queen Agatha is reincarnated and now writes under the pseudonym of Sophie Hannah!  Perfect undemanding yet absorbing Poirot mystery.'  
  • Ann Peet - 'Great new Poirot novel from Sophie Hannah.'  
  • Sarah Musk - 'A worthy successor to our most famous crime writer.  Sophie Hannah gets the plot, the setting, and the characters just right - a satisfying read for Agatha Christie fans.'
  • Joan Sidwell - 'The plot is solid Agatha Christie; complicated, convoluted, with several red herrings and the inevitable twist, I enjoyed the denouement immensely.'
  • Vanessa Wild - 'An entertaining and intriguing mystery which kept me on my toes!'
  • Victoria Whish - 'All the classic Christie ingredients are here to make a heady cocktail of poison, intrigue and country house murder most foul! It's an open and shut case - you'll love this book!
  • Angie Rhodes - 'Well I didn't guess the killer, and I am hoping you won't either. A great book, Agatha Christie, would be thrilled!!'
  • Rachael Anderson - 'An enjoyable murder mystery, but it is not as well written as Agatha Christie's novels. It is however still worth reading.'
  • Helen Lowry - 'Being a big Agatha Christie fan, I was very much looking forward to reading this book and I wasn’t disappointed...Closed Casket is an entertaining read and I look forward to reading further such novels.'
  • Joy Isabella - 'The plotting and characterisation are all reminiscent of Agatha Christie, meaning I was instantaneously transported into the story.'
  • Emily Wright - 'Hannah captures the spirit of Christie with a narrative accessible to a contemporary audience. Closed Casket transported me back to the golden age of detective fiction.'
  • Kathryn Whitfield - 'Fantastic Hercule Poirot mystery, Sophie Hannah has got it right again.'

Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery Press Reviews

'Sparkling second outing for Hannah's reimagined Poirot. The setting (posh Irish country house), the characters (country lawyers, creepy male secretary, stroppy flapper, etc) and the period vocabulary are all spot on, but it's the utter fiendish unpredictability of the plot that makes Sophie the new Agatha.'
Sunday Times

'Top-class entertainment'
Woman & Home

'Closed Casket is deviously plotted, deeply satisfying and does the grande dame of crime proud'. Good Housekeeping

'Christie's boots as a crime writer are hard to fill, but Hannah achieves it quietly and intelligently with Poirot-sized steps once again in Closed Casket... The whole book will not only delight Agatha Christie devotees but anyone who loves a good, well written murder mystery
Devon Life

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ISBN: 9780008134129
Publication date: 23/03/2017
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008134099
Publication date: 06/09/2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008134129
Publication date: 23rd March 2017
Author: Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Classic crime,

About Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie

Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of 9 psychological thrillers, which have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Her novel The Carrier won the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards Crime Thriller of the Year. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Click here to read an interview with Sophie Hannah about her new Poirot novel The Monogram Murders. Agatha Christie is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English with another ...

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