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This new Poirot story is such a painful story I would strongly recommend not getting it. There is so much 'soul searching' and wringing of hands that I cannot find anything about this story to associate it with Agatha Christie.
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
Don't know, the plot is ludicrous and the story is endlessly repetitive.
What was most disappointing about Sophie Hannah’s story?
The plot. Some of the characterisation is good but they run over the same points again and again ad nauseum. The only thing that makes this a worthwhile purchase is Julian Rhind - Tutt's performance.
What about Julian Rhind-Tutt’s performance did you like?
Everything. His voices and accents are clearly distinguishable and give you an insight into the individuals character and are very appropriate to the story setting.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Intense disappointment, as a Christie fan I think this book is a travesty.
Any additional comments?
One and a quarter hours to reveal the denouement which could have comfortably been completed in 20 minutes.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
In some respects I loved this novel. The narration was superb, the character development wonderful and the 'feel' of the setting, time and Poirotness of the book were so right! It felt ( in so many respects) like something Agatha Christie could have written, expect she hasn't, and if you scratch the surface of this novel, it is obvious that Dame Agatha's fabulous talent is most definitely lacking. The plot was downright silly, the motive weak and frankly laughable. That I could forgive, to be honest, as Agatha Christie plots can stretch motive thinly too, however Agatha's novels are always robust and solid. However, unlike the original Christie masterpieces, the storyline for 'Closed Casket' is full of so many holes it is fragile and quite unstable. It really felt was if it had been painted using broad brush strokes only with little attention to fine detail evident. Agatha's books was solid and robust and always held up to intense scrutinisation, the same can't be said for this poor imitation.
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