“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?
‘This is a literary marriage made in heaven – Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie… The plot and setting are pure Christie, but with an extra layer of bamboozlement and a superbly mysterious atmosphere…The comedy is never allowed to lessen an increasing sense of menace.’ The Times
‘This mystery is enormously compulsive – keep ‘em coming! *****’ heat magazine
‘The murder investigation proceeds both trippingly and thrillingly…Hannah is rightly proud of the fact that the ingenious solution to the murder can be conveyed in just four words. Her sense of fun is infectious. The Christie conventions are observed but given a playful tweak.’ London Evening Standard
‘CLOSED CASKET is deviously plotted, deeply satisfying and does the grande dame of crime proud.’ Good Housekeeping
‘Sparkling second outing for Hannah’s reimagined Poirot. The setting (posh Irish country house), the characters (country lawyers, creepy male secretary, stroppy flapper, etc) and the period vocabulary are all spot on, but it’s the utter fiendish unpredictability of the plot that makes Sophie the new Agatha.’ Sunday Times
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