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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great storyline in keeping with all the old books. narration was best I've heard yet on audible. distinct character depth...oustanding accents. Did not expect to like this (Christie fan since childhood) but ended up loving it. I hope there's more to come
"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.
Long drawn out and boring. Hardly surprising as no one can write like Agatha Christie.
"not guide Agatha"
enjoyed the story and performance. reveal is a bit long and dragged out a bit.
"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
"very disappointed by stereotypical characters."
I was disappointed by the stereotypical depiction of many of the Irish characters. Very odd really, in this day and age.
It is always difficult to answer this question, no easier in this case. This is a clever enough piece of work but lacks charm so comes across as a slightly plodding attempt to emulate a great original.
No. Or perhaps it has if the genre is taken to be this kind of needless pastiche, there are plenty of AC's books, do we really need one more?
I didn't warm to any of them.
Well put together (if lifeless).
"Story dragged on way too long"
I felt like I kept hearing that same bit of the story again and again.
Love Poirot, love Julian Rt as the narrator.
The story could have ended much sooner, bit of mission to get to the end.
"Tonally darker than Christie but a fulfilling read"
I found this novel - like the last Sophie Hannah Poirot - quite hard to get into and it took me about 12 chapters to fully engage with the characters. I know that Christie dealt with some very dark stuff (child murderers, suicide etc) but tonally there was always a lightness to balance it, which this book doesn't have as much (and I missed).
This book delves into some fascinatingly complex psyches and there's a weird duality between sensibilities of them in the C20th setting and then a modern perspective overlaid, but maybe that's inevitable with a modern writer re-imagining a new chapter in a series.
Despite the slight lack of a lightness of touch, I did enjoy this and felt that it was true to the spirit of Christie's work. Lady Athelinda Playford is a really good character who embodied a pleasingly amoral spirit!
Julian Rhind-Tutt does a lovely job of reading it, his narration was one of the reasons I chose this book.
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