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Closed Casket LGR Edition
Contributor(s): Hannah, Sophie, Christie, Agatha
ISBN: 0062496662     ISBN-13: 9780062496669
Publisher: Harperluxe
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: September 2016

 “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)

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Private investigators; Belgium; Fiction.
Women authors; Fiction.
Disinheritance; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Mystery & Detective | Traditional British
Dewey: 823/.914
LCCN: bl2016038729
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Series: Hercule Poirot Mystery
Book type: Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.25" W x 1.00" (1.10 lbs) 437 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 June #3)

Set in October 1929, bestseller Hannah's captivating sequel to 2014's The Monogram Murders finds Hercule Poirot and Scotland Yard's Insp. Edward Catchpool visiting Lady Athelinda Playford's mansion in Clonakilty, County Cork, in the Irish Free State. Other guests include Athie's children, their significant others, her attorneys, and her ailing secretary. At first, Poirot and Catchpool can't figure out why they were invited, but then Athie announces she's drafted a new will leaving everything to her secretary, and they realize their presence is intended to keep the peace. Someone commits murder regardless, and the detecting duo must determine whodunit. An intriguing setup, colorful characters, and witty dialogue elevate this classic manor house mystery. Fiendish schemes and an abundance of interpersonal conflict foster tension and drive plot, while outrageous twists and juicy red herrings confound readers. This Christie estate–sanctioned pastiche isn't perfect—Hannah's Poirot is too subdued and the killer's machinations prove preposterous—but overall, this endeavor confirms that the Queen of Crime's legacy is in capable hands. (Sept.)

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