Closed Casket
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ISBN: 0062458833
EAN13: 9780062458834
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 6, 2017
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.72" H x 8" L x 5.31" W
Weight: 1.11 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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What I intend to say to you will come as a shock . . .

With these words, Lady Athelinda Playford--one of the world's most beloved children's authors--springs a surprise on the lawyer entrusted with her will. As guests arrive for a party at her Irish mansion, Lady Playford has decided to cut off her two children without a penny . . . and leave her vast fortune to someone else: an invalid who has only weeks to live.

Among Lady Playford's visitors are two strangers: the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard. Neither knows why he has been invited--until Poirot begins to wonder if Lady Playford expects a murder. But why does she seem so determined to provoke a killer? And why--when the crime is committed, despite Poirot's best efforts to stop it--does the identity of the victim make no sense at all?

Addictive, ferociously clever, and packed with clues, wit, and murder, Closed Casket is a triumph from an author whose work is as tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie (Alexander McCall Smith, New York Times Book Review, on The Monogram Murders)

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   Just not Christie's Poirot.
There is too little Poirot in this novel and too much sleuthing outside of the book. If you have any favorite series where the creators have died and you want more, I would recommend you to read the originals.
   So disappointed
Christie fans might like the book. I don't want to repeat the reasons for the negative reviews.
   M. Poirot is on the case
This is a mystery set in Ireland. I don't recall any reference to the time period, but there are telephones and trains. Lady Athelinda Playford, renowned author of children's books, is murdered when Hercule Poirot is invited to her home. Things are bound to happen with Hercule Poirot and Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard as guests. She ran past the kitchen and out the back door, but I was not able to find a back door. For the most part, the characters and the plot were well done, and the writing was excellent. There won't be any more Poirot adventures from Dame Christie. I am happy that M. Poirot is back on the case.
   Just plain bad
I have read all of Agatha Christie's Poirot books, and the new stories written by Miss Hannah are not up to par. Miss Christie has portrayed Poirot in her writings and the perception she gives of Poirot is not in keeping with that. I found the narrative depressing and the plot weak. I was glad I didn't purchase all the Poirot stories because it would have made it hard to finish the book.
   Leave Poirot to the REAL Agatha Christie!
I was both skeptical and intrigued when I heard about the new Poirot. With Christie's name on the title, I was willing to give it a try as a lifelong fan of Christie and her Belgian detective. One star is what the result was. There was no comparison to an original Christie from the beginning of the book. The characters were weak and sad and the writing was thin. My favorite character was a mockery of the original. This will be the only faux Poirot mystery that I try, and now I have to read the originals to wash my mind of it. Dame Christie is the queen of mystery, with all due respect to Ms. Hannah. This is a hard pass for me.
   Stick with the originals
I didn't think Poirot was very convincing or like himself, but there was an explanation of the whodoneit reveal that Christie wouldn't have stooped to. The dialog was too normal to live and not as interesting as one would expect in literature.
   You Want Agatha Christie? Then Read the Genuine Article
According to reports, the Agatha Christie Estate gave the go- ahead forSophie Hannah to write Christie- like mystery novels. Agatha Christie- like stories are not real. Normally, if a book doesn't grab me after 60-75 pages, I put it down and forget about it, but I forged on with this one to the end, and it was terrible. If you' ve already read at least a half dozen Agatha Christie stories, I advise you to read the one that she wrote. If it hasn't happened already, my advice to the Christie Executors is to pull the plug on Sophie Hannah.
This book was rather tedious. There were too many repeats. Parts of the story were not finished. Poirot didn't have his usual flair, Dame Agatha must have been in her grave. A disappointing read.
   Poor Poirot
It was too long when setting the scene. I was disappointed that Poirot's resurrection was authorized by her grandson.