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Publisher's Summary

Hercule Poirot returns in another brilliant murder mystery that can be solved only 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 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.
©2016 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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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.

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By S. Christie on 09-22-16

Not as good The Monogram Murders

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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By Kate Emery on 02-13-18


As an Agatha Christie tragic I thought this was just wonderful: great story and terrific narration.

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