Closed Casket: A New Hercule Poirot Mystery

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HarperCollins, Sep 6, 2016 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Hercule Poirot, 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.

"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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A New Will
A Surprise Reunion
A Particular Interest in Death
An Unexpected Admirer
Tears Before Dinner
The Announcement
The Reaction
Sophie Makes Another Accusation
Shrimp Seddon and the Jealous Daughter
Kimptons Definition of Knowledge
The Iris Story
A Possible Arrest
The Grubber
More than Fond
Lady Playfords Plan

A Stroll in the Gardens
Open Casket 9 King John
Overheard Voices
Sophie Points a Finger
Part II
Enter the Gardaí
Lady Playfords Two Lists
Seeing Hearing and Looking
Down in the Dumps
The Grandfather Clock
Two Irises
Cause of Death
The Casket Question
In the Orangery
The Inquest
Part III
The Kidnapped Racehorse
The Two True Things
Motive and Opportunity
Everyone Could Have but Nobody Did
The Experiment
Poirot Wins Fair and Square
Midnight Gathering
The Seat of Danger
Books by Agatha Christie
About the Authors
Also by Sophie Hannah
Copyright About the Publisher

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SOPHIE HANNAH is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers, which have been published in 51 countries and adapted for television, as well as The Monogram Murders, the first Hercule Poirot novel authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie, and its sequels Closed Casket, The Mystery of Three Quarters, and The Killings at Kingfisher Hill. Sophie is also the author of a self-help book, How to Hold a Grudge, and hosts the podcast of the same name. She lives in Cambridge, UK.

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

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