Internationally best-selling author Sophie Hannah and the world's favorite detective, Hercule Poirot, return in this follow-up to The Monogram Murders, the national best seller hailed by The Washington Post as "literary magic".
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Keeping in mind that my exposure to Hercule Poirot has been primarily through PBS dramatizations, I enjoyed this rendering. It seemed fairly consistent in terms of environment, tension and complexity, but Poirot's final explication of who did what leading up to "whodunnit " was a bit drawn out.
I've read nearly all of her novels so far--a good and proper addiction!
When she turns her attention to Poirot, a wonderful thing happens, as Hannah applies her unique talent for plot, character and surprise to his new cases: the Poirot we know shows heart to match his prodigious brain, and grapples with motives, crimes and suspects just a shade more strange than he ever has before.
The performance by Julian Rhind-Tutt is flawless. As with many superior actors, he registers, and then disappears into Poirot, Edward, an Irish Lady, her caustic daughter, and the Garda, among many other characters. I have seen him perform many times, he's always wonderful, and his work here is no exception.
If you're a Sophie fan, you won't be disappointed. Her unique take on character is here. For Dame Agatha fans, this book, as well as its predecessor, will be a joy!
Great narration. Compelling characters and story line. Very much in the Christie tradition. Ms Sophia's dialogue captured Hercule to a Tee.
This story was much 'tighter' and focused than 'The Monogram Murders' which tended to wander a little. I like Rhind-Tutt's narration style though he occasionally goes too Soto voce for my taste. Looking forward to the next 'new' Poirot mystery.
The language style is well matched and narrator did an excellent job with it. Very similar to David Suchet.
The mystery was entertaining and full of suspects. The characters are eccentric as they should be.
thank you author Sophie for bringing this Hercule Closed Casket Come Alive. the suspense hangs on from the beginning straight to the end. it is a book to listen to more then once it is a spellbinding book that you have to, have to listen to and pay great attention to all details to see if you know who did it.it is fun to try but at the end Hercule will explain different ways it could have happened.see if you can guess.good luck, have fun and enjoy.
Sophie is not Agatha. Approximately the last third of this book is devoted to the denouement , where Poirot describes every attendee's motive and opportunity for the murder in minute detail.It becomes tedious in the extreme and the murderer becomes fairly obvious early on. I have almost finished it, and I am sending it back. But I will definitely look for more works by the narrator.
Eclectic, fun, zesty. Life is too short to not live fully.
This book definitely follows the Agatha Christie format!
Narration was excellent; I could see every character.
Poirot was his true to form, filled with self love and confident in his abilities. He is still the larger than life character who finds out information on one of his typical trips to London or another locale that is not disclosed until the murder is revealed. There are enough suspects to keep you guessing until very close to the end of the book. If you're like me, you'll hope the murder is never caught because the murder victim was such an easy man to dislike.
If you like Agatha Christie, you'll enjoy this book..
A very close facsimile of Agatha Christie. Author captured Poirot rather well. Satisfying read and worth a listen.
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