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Hercule Poirot Mysteries

Closed Casket

The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

About the Book

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).

"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 the author whose work is "as tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie" (Alexander McCall Smith, The New York Times Book Review).

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Critical Praise

Classic Christie . . . Captures the essence of the originals without being a slavish imitation . . . Clues emerge, but the case remains perplexing. Christie aficionados will delight in the familiar repartee and the intricate deduction of the solution.” —Washington Post

“Equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging…I was thrilled to see Poirot in such very, very good hands. Reading The Monogram Murders was like returning to a favorite room of a long-lost home.” —Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

“Perfect...a pure treat for Agatha Christie fans.” —Tana French, New York Times betselling author of The Secret Place

“Sophie Hannah’s The Monogram Murders does Christie proud. Our favorite detective is back and in impeccable form!” —Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author of An Unwilling Accomplice

“Sophie Hannah is a prodigious talent. I can’t wait to see what she does next.” —Laura Lippman

“Sophie Hannah’s idea for a plot line was so compelling and her passion for my grandmother’s work so strong, that we felt that the time was right for a new Christie to be written.” —Mathew Prichard, grandson of Agatha Christie

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062458827
  • ISBN 10: 0062458825
  • Imprint: William Morrow
  • On Sale: 09/06/2016
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: 33.50 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Traditional
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie

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