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'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 coordinated 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 audiobook marks the centenary of the creation of Christie's world-famous detective, Hercule Poirot, introduced in her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles.
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By mr kieran j murphy on 05-15-18
Agatha Christie must be spinning in her grave
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.
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By Karen on 10-13-16
Ridiculous plot, badly in need of editing
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.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
By Mrs Pamela Lowe on 09-14-16
Good but not Christie
Although I enjoyed it, there was too much detail and I kept thinking oh do hurry up. It took a while to get used to the fact that poirot was really not the main character, however I can see why as otherwise it would try to be a copy of Christies which is impossible. If this idea is to repeated cut down the description and padding out. Poirot's books were so good because they were the right length and you could still imagine all the characters
9 of 9 people found this review helpful