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The bestselling author of "The Monogram Murders" continues Agatha Christie's legacy with this ingenious mystery featuring the world's favourite detective, Hercule Poirot.
Publisher: New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780062458827
Characteristics: viii, 302 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Christie, Agatha 1890-1976,- Creator
Alternative Title: Agatha Christie closed casket

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florestine
May 21, 2019

Tedious to the point of feeling never-ending. A small story extended over 300 pages of protracted twaddle on the part of a cast of characters devoid of wit and charm. Not worth the time to read or listen IMO. Author even manages to make Poirot a bore! Christie accomplished in half the pages what this author failed to do in 300.

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Spirit_of_Che
Nov 11, 2018

A breath of fresh air.

I found this a delightful discovery. No, it's not Christie, but the author has been authorized by the Christie estate to write more Poirot novels. That, in itself, should say something.
The many twists and turns in this story made for enjoyable reading.

It's so easy to criticize something new. These folks have a right to their opinion (as long as they actually read the book). Stop looking for another Agatha and just be open to another chapter of the old style British mysteries.

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francisking
Oct 23, 2017

i know nothing about "sophie hannah"...i predict?...garbage...

as the great rex stout said of posthumous imitators..."im not sure if i should call them vampires or cannibals..."

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kmangi
Jan 04, 2017

I thought the book was deadly slow. I love a good cozy and Agatha Christie was the best, but this new version lacks a crisp narrative. I, also felt that to call it a Hercule Poirot novel was extremely misleading. Poirot had such a minor role in the book that it felt like "bait and switch". I was so hopeful that Hannah's books would be Christie-like, but other than the setting, I didn't see much similarity. Pretty disappointed.

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maipenrai
Dec 19, 2016

(The second book in the Hercule Poirot Mystery series)

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msabaye
Dec 13, 2016

horribly slow, kept fast forwarding desperate to see something moving, but one long monologue after another describing boring dinners and ... This writer hasn't heard of 'pacing' it seems.

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plaing
Nov 14, 2016

sad to say i found this book long winded and boring. don't get me wrong i love Agatha Christie and other (esp. english murder mysteries) but..this one did not hold my attention it needed editing it seemed to go on and on..so i skipped to the end and it was too simplistic. i think now that dear Agatha is in her grave we should just let her be and just enjoy the books she has written.

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harrissusanc
Oct 19, 2016

Catchpool returns with more confidence than in Monogram Murders to narrate what happens when Lady Playford, the children's author, calls him and Poirot to her country manor because she expects an event from her announcement about her changing her will. Poirot matches wits with his witnesses and hangs his case on all the elements and an impeccable observation of character, filled with satire.

Chapel_Hill_MeeghanR Sep 21, 2016

Spot-on, classic manor-house Christie/Poirot fanfiction.

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