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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 04, Paromjit rated it liked it Shelves: crime-fiction , mystery. This is the second book that Sophie Hannah has written with Poirot since she took up the Agatha Christie mantle. Whilst I had enjoyed Monogram Murders, this was a harder sell for me.

For no reason that he can fathom, he has been invited to Clonakilty, County Cork in Ireland. He is to be a house guest at Lillieoak, a mansion owned by Lady Playford, a writer of the Shrimp series. He harbours some resentment of Poirot after the m This is the second book that Sophie Hannah has written with Poirot since she took up the Agatha Christie mantle. He harbours some resentment of Poirot after the media coverage of his role in the Monogram Murders, but gets over this once he discovers Poirot is a guest.

Lady Playford has summoned Michael Gathercole to change her will leaving everything to her dying assistant, Joseph Scotcher. She is disinheriting her son, Harry, an obsessed taxidermist and her daughter, Claudia, is engaged to be married to the extremely wealthy Dr Randall Kimpton. The scene is set for a murder in a country house which could only have been committed by a resident or guest. Lady Playford announces the change in her will to rancorous recriminations, bitterness and other drama. Scotcher makes clear his intention to marry his nurse, Sophie, despite his terminal illness.

There are overheard conversations, a fear of being poisoned by the lawyer, Orville Rolfe, and an upset Lady Playford. Sophie discovers the dead body of Joseph Scotcher, and claims to witness Claudia killing him despite the fact that this seems unlikely. Poirot and Catchpool investigate all in the house and delve into the life of the victim. There are a number of red herrings along with an inept Irish policeman in charge of the case. Poirot has a trip to England which gives him much information and the killer is finally unveiled at the end.

The story is a pleasant way to while away some time but for me it fails to capture Poirot's character or the plot depth that I expected. There are the usual array of characters, all of whom harbour secrets and the possibilities of motive. There is the large country house, a staple of golden age crime writing, but there is a lacking of verve, and more spirited story telling that I wanted.

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I would recommend this to those looking for a light and undemanding read. View all 23 comments. Jun 16, Pamela rated it it was ok. Dame Agatha is rolling in her grave. Nov 14, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-shelf , crime , e-book , edelweiss-review. Lady Athelinda Playford gathers an eclectic group of people together when she decides to announce a major change to her will, a very controversial decision that could bring about terrible repercussions.

I must confess, the very idea of resurrecting one of my favorite detectives sounded like a marvelous idea… if we could resurrect Agatha along with him. I was very skeptical of how this would work out, although, I have seen other long running and well loved series taken over by ghost writers work out quite well. I have also seen them crash and burn. So, with an odd mix of excitement and trepidation, I decided to give this book a fair chance. Honestly, I enjoyed this mystery, if for no other reason than for the pleasure of reading the old tried and true whodunit format used in the golden age of detective novels.

The characters are well drawn, the dialogue is impressive, and there are plenty of interesting details and psychology involved. Still, I thought the author did an admirable job considering the monumental shoes she had to fill. She makes Poirot her own and created a fun and easy mystery, while capturing the essence of a bygone era, and paying homage to it at the same time. Overall, I had a pretty good time with this one. It makes a nice diversion from the stresses of life, and I think cozy mystery lovers would find this one to their liking as well.

View 2 comments. Jan 04, Kortessa rated it liked it. This was quite a good attempt to continue Agatha Christie's legacy. It is a decent book and interesting reading. It can bring you into the world and psyche of Hercule Poirot. I would say it is a typican whodunit plot, intriguing with suspence. It carries the characteristics that we find in Poirot.

By that, I mean that someone not knowing the famous Belgian detective would easily get the grab of him in this book.

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On the othe hand though, if this was my first Poirot mystery I wouldn't be so trigger This was quite a good attempt to continue Agatha Christie's legacy. On the othe hand though, if this was my first Poirot mystery I wouldn't be so triggered to read more of him. I love Agatha Christie and Poirot in particular. Something else that I did not like , is the first person narration which is not something typical of Poirot stories, and I also believe that this technique leaves our Belgian friend a little behind View all 3 comments.

Synopsis: The world's most famous detective returns in this ingenious, stylish, and altogether delicious mystery from the author of the instant bestseller The Monogram Murders "I was thrilled" -- Gillian Flynn. Poirot and Catchpool are among the list of guests attending Lady Athelinda Playford, the popular and bestselling children's detective series books' grand party at her mansion in Clonakilty, County Cork.

But still a murder happens despite the presence of the famous Hercule Poirot, so can Poirot identify the killer's face? There is also this twist from the guests' POV that they are not aware about the reason why they are actually invited to the party, no one have a clue about it, yet the readers are quite aware about it, so in someway, the story at this point, sounds like Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. Well, Hannah's portrayal of this Poirot mystery is simply fantastic, although at times, the story dragged a bit with too much back story which sounds is bit irrelevant in the story.

The plot is a complete pot-boiler with millions of twists and turns which will leave your brain more puzzled if you try to figure it out on your own, so guys, leave it to Poirot, he will guide you with his brilliance to the end of this complicated maze. Poirot's charm is unmatchable and the author has captured it quite vividly into her story just like she did in the previous book.

This Poirot is, although, a more of an evolved version than Christie's, anyhow, the best part is that Poirot is back and he will continue to surprise as well as entertain and challenge the readers with his mysteries. So I suggest that Christie's Poirot fans must at least give this version of Poirot a chance to let him fly his wings of unbeatable wit to solve some gruesome crimes in England. The writing style of the author is quite crisp and emphatic although I'm not comparing her with Christie.

Sophie has got some flair in her style of depicting this tale of mystery and also her narration is very articulate. The writing is laced with tension and suspense as the author pulls her readers into the depth of this baffling maze. The pacing is sometimes quite fast but at times, it dragged, but overall, its swift and the readers will easily sway with the story's flow. The mystery is unfolded diligently by the author as there are so many twists ans turns that will not only blind side the readers but will also keep the readers guessing and anticipating about the killer's identity until the very last page.

The author's building of the plot is smart and clever as she gradually develops the characters with all their flaws and secrets that play an important role in the story line. The huge cast of characters that Sophie has created is tastefully spun and their depth is eventually unrolled with the progress of the plot.

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The character's backstory will help the readers to easily connect with them and also will help them to look through the characters. In a nutshell, this riveting crime thriller will constantly keep the readers on their edges, with its new twists and evolving story line and the unexpected challenges. So over a large cup of hot coffee, enjoy Poirot's thrilling adventure as he solves the crime with his trademark charm and cleverness.

Verdict: Poirot is back with an exciting new and enthralling adventure, so don't miss to grab this book. Courtesy: Thanks to the author, Sophie Hannah's publicist from Harper Collins UK, for giving me the opportunity to read and review her book. View all 13 comments. Buying Closed Casket was the triumph of hope over experience.

So I bought Closed Casket hoping for better than a pleasant read and for something less convoluted and implausible than The Monogram Murders. Was my hope justified? Not a ch Buying Closed Casket was the triumph of hope over experience. Not a chance. King can channel Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. However, Hannah seems to think that the way to recreate a successful Christie novel is to pepper a house party with lots of loathsome characters and then set Poirot and Scotland Yard detective Edward Catchpool a transparent Captain Hastings surrogate to bumble about.

Lady Playford decides to disinherit her dimwitted son and her venomous, selfish daughter in favor of her Pollyannaish secretary, Joseph Scotcher, a man dying of kidney disease so advanced that he is confined to a wheelchair and attended full time by a nurse.

All of the characters — saving Hercule Poirot and Dr. Why would they be? Christie scholars? Christie devotees, desperate for yet one more glimpse of the Belgian detective? I guess, for some, Closed Casket would be better than nothing, although, in my case, I wish I could get back the 10 hours I spent listening to it on Audible.

Prichard, you could have done much better than hand over your legacy to the lackluster Sophie Hannah. Otherwise, this is goodbye. Sep 05, Ova - Excuse My Reading rated it really liked it. What's better than Belgian chocolate? Obviously our Belgian detective and his grey cells.

Incredibly happy that Poirot is back in literary world. This time, Hannah takes us to a country house- one of my favourite Agatha Christie settings.

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It's really devilish-ly clever this book, I didn't see the end coming at all. Can't wait for the next one in series!!! This Dame is no Agatha Christie Started this book snuggled up with a cup of tea by my side and smile on my face for a 'new' Poirot adventure to begin.

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Her narrator, Catchpool, seemed to be her 'Hastings' but was to also be a capable police detective with a promising career. Obviously this didn't work - love Hastings but lovable bumbling is more his mode than sharp detective skills - and this character did not work. Actually all of the characters seemed to be on This Dame is no Agatha Christie Started this book snuggled up with a cup of tea by my side and smile on my face for a 'new' Poirot adventure to begin.

Actually all of the characters seemed to be only l characteristics than any full blown personalities. And Poirot, one of the best known characters of mystery novels, there were only glimpses of him in the character she had portrayed. Plot was obvious as to who would die but didn't grip you at all. Had a hard time getting through this book and not worth while at all.

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Caleb is happy Jamie got the job and talks about how him and Jamie are more alike than he thought. Hanna, Spencer and Aria arrive at the Lakehouse to look for Emily. She and her roommates huddled in the laundry room of their apartment. Ashley asks Hanna if there is enough paper in the printer. This story just made me go wow I can see that being the back story.

No Idea why anyone would give more than 2 stars. Oh Poirot so sorry to have you cast in such a book. Mar 29, Joanna rated it really liked it.

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Poirot in - the heyday, nee the Golden Age of murder and Christie. Ths was great. Lots of fun if a bit brutal and not as adoring to Hercule as Christie would have made it. She still liked him in the early days. Won in Goodreads giveaway! Shelves: gift , cozy-mystery , favorite-authors , series-part-of-a. Agatha Christie is my favorite yesteryear cozy mystery author.

Sophie Hannah is one of my favorite current psychological mystery authors.

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Monogram murders, the first of this revamped Poirot series was well appreciated by me, though many found it lacking. This seems like an amalgam of Christie and Hannah, but Agatha Christie is my favorite yesteryear cozy mystery author. This seems like an amalgam of Christie and Hannah, but somehow when Hannah tried to imitate Christie style in conjuring up a new Poirot, something went wrong somewhere.

The newer Poirot seems like a brother of the original Poirot. If I were blinded to the author, still I would have easily guessed that it is not Dame Christie who has written it. This Poirot acts and talks different, doesnot groom his moustache, doesnot mention his grey cells, and doesn't blunder about with the English language like the older one. This one is more suave, more Sherlockish. And I feel a certain amount of distance from him.

Hastings is never to be seen. Instead it is Michael Catchpool who acts as a lackey. Catchpool is cute in his own way. And I am thankful that Hannah replaced Hastings with Catchpool, because if Hastings too came in a different avtar, I would have been disconcerted. The mystery too is more sophisticated with the characters being more obtuse and conniving than the almost straight forward Christie characters. Athea Playford, the eccentric rich, mystery novelist of County Cork mansion in Ireland invites Poirot and Catchpool, along with her lawyers, and announces a nasty surprise - that she has changed her existing will, the beneficiaries of which were her daughter and son, to a new one which endows all her property to her ailing, about to die secretary, Joseph Scotcher.

This sets forth a chain reaction, with a fatality that Poirot cannot prevent. Finding out who the murderer is occupies great deal of time and effort, with many vicious secrets coming out. No one seems to be who they purport to be. I enjoyed the book. Would recommend to all murder mystery fans, but with a warning, not to expect the older Poirot, but to reconcile with his 21st century version. I received this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway.

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Closed Casket has most of the mystery cliches: 1. Like "Clue", all of the suspects staying in the same house and sorting out who was where during the murder; I halfway expected to read about Colonel Mustard and a pipe wrench. A semi-clueless sidekick in Catchpool 3.

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A moron serving as the lead homicide detective 4. Poirot's big reveal at the end with all of the suspects gathered in one room 5. Confession by the suspect once truth is revealed I received this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. Confession by the suspect once truth is revealed All of that said, there were some unexpected twists and turns along the way.

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Overall, I would prefer that Agatha Christie's Poirot rest in peace and the author create characters on her own, avoiding the cliches mentioned above. View 1 comment. Sophie Hannah must have had great fun writing this new Poirot mystery. The immaculate Belgian detective is drawn impeccably, surrounded by an outrageous cast of mostly unpleasant people in a wildly improbable version of the English country house murder. It was an entertaining, stylish, escapist read, 3. I was a bit startled to see that copyright rests with Agatha Christie Limited, and hope Hannah's contract pays her well for what should be a successful book.

Clearly the com Sophie Hannah must have had great fun writing this new Poirot mystery. Clearly the company liked The Monogram Murders, or they wouldn't have commissioned her for a second. I'd be happy to read a third. Sep 09, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: crime-thrillers. Hannah has picked up where Agatha Christie left off and it is impossible to notice that Poirot came to life over years before, this is a seamless addition to the Christie canon.

Hercule Poirot has been invited over to the newly independent Ireland, as the guest of aristocratic author Lady Playford to he Closed Casket — Hercule Poirot Returns Sophie Hannah has risen to the challenge to become the voice and mind of Hercule Poirot and mimic everything that the Grand Dame of Crime Fiction created.

Hercule Poirot has been invited over to the newly independent Ireland, as the guest of aristocratic author Lady Playford to her country estate of Lillieoak.

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It is October , and both Poirot and Catchpole wonder why they have both been invited to stay as guests. So begins the classic Christie, Manor House style mystery. Throughout the book we get to know all the characters a lot more and some of their thoughts that they have not told each other. The suspects all have their own quirks and secrets that they do not want to come out, as did the murder victim. Like Christie, Hannah does not delve too deeply in to the characters, but is consumed by the whole even of murder in a Country House.

In parts of Closed Casket you can be forgiven if you feel that Christie could have written those passages, but that is the art of an excellent author, who has studied her subjects of Poirot and Christie. It would be easy to point out the things Christie did make Poirot do, but Hannah does, but clearly different people bring their own quirks to the story. Closed Casket does not disappoint, and I am sure Christie herself would have been delighted with this story if she had written it. Sophie Hannah has written Closed Casket so well, that Poirot is just as he was when Christie wrote her last, this is a seamless continuation.

An excellent book that fans of Poirot and Christie will love and take to heart. So I read an article recently about why, the estates of famous writers, tend to suddenly allow a "new" book to come out so many years after the originals. It's all about copyright. See, the copyright on some of Christie's earlier books are soon to expire. However, if they commission a new book, they can retain the copyright to the characters. I have very mixed feelings about this, especially when I think about all the awesome things that wouldn't exist if the copyright hadn't expired.

Like Sherl So I read an article recently about why, the estates of famous writers, tend to suddenly allow a "new" book to come out so many years after the originals. Like Sherlock. Knowing this, no matter how much I love Agatha Christie, this whole book seems tainted. It's not for a love of Christie's writing, or a beloved character. Archived from the original on October 29, Archived from the original on October 7, AMC Theaters.

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