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Closed Casket [Epub] ➚ Closed Casket By Sophie Hannah – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk What I intend to say to you will come as a shockWith 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 What I intend to say to you will come as a shockWith 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 liveAmong 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.

10 thoughts on “Closed Casket

  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    This is the second book that Sophie Hannah has written with Poirot since she took up the Agatha Christie mantle Whilst I had enjoyed Monogram Murders this was a harder sell for me The story is narrated by Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard For no reason that he can fathom he has been invited to Clonakilty County Cork in Ireland He is to be a house guest at Lillieoak a mansion owned by Lady Playford a writer of the Shrimp series He harbours some resentment of Poirot after the media coverage of his role in the Monogram Murders but gets over this once he discovers Poirot is a guest Lady Playford has summoned Michael Gathercole to change her will leaving everything to her dying assistant Joseph Scotcher She is disinheriting her son Harry an obsessed taxidermist and her daughter Claudia is engaged to be married to the extremely wealthy Dr Randall Kimpton The scene is set for a murder in a country house which could only have been committed by a resident or guestLady Playford announces the change in her will to rancorous recriminations bitterness and other drama Scotcher makes clear his intention to marry his nurse Sophie despite his terminal illness There are overheard conversations a fear of being poisoned by the lawyer Orville Rolfe and an upset Lady Playford Sophie discovers the dead body of Joseph Scotcher and claims to witness Claudia killing him despite the fact that this seems unlikely Poirot and Catchpool investigate all in the house and delve into the life of the victim There are a number of red herrings along with an inept Irish policeman in charge of the case Poirot has a trip to England which gives him much information and the killer is finally unveiled at the endThe story is a pleasant way to while away some time but for me it fails to capture Poirot's character or the plot depth that I expected There are the usual array of characters all of whom harbour secrets and the possibilities of motive There is the large country house a staple of golden age crime writing but there is a lacking of verve and spirited story telling that I wanted I would recommend this to those looking for a light and undemanding read

  2. Pamela Pamela says:

    Dame Agatha is rolling in her grave

  3. Julie Julie says:

    Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah Agatha Christie is a 2016 William Morrow publication Lady Athelinda Playford gathers an eclectic group of people together when she decides to announce a major change to her will a very controversial decision that could bring about terrible repercussions Inspector Edward Catchpool and the incomparable Hercule Poirot may have been invited due to Playford’s suspicions that murder is on someone’s mind However a murder is committed right under the famous Belgian detective’s nose prompting him to give those little grey cells some mandatory overtime This is the first Poirot mystery with Sophie Hannah writing as Agatha Christie that I’ve read I must confess the very idea of resurrecting one of my favorite detectives sounded like a marvelous idea if we could resurrect Agatha along with him I was very skeptical of how this would work out although I have seen other long running and well loved series taken over by ghost writers work out uite well I have also seen them crash and burn So with an odd mix of excitement and trepidation I decided to give this book a fair chance Honestly I enjoyed this mystery if for no other reason than for the pleasure of reading the old tried and true whodunit format used in the golden age of detective novels The characters are well drawn the dialogue is impressive and there are plenty of interesting details and psychology involved While clever on many levels it wasn’t too hard to guess who the culprit was and Poirot is a not uite the same guy we’ve all come to know and love He’s not as vivid and his arrogance and fussiness is only evident in one or two places which are traits I always adored about him and made me chuckle Still I thought the author did an admirable job considering the monumental shoes she had to fill She makes Poirot her own and created a fun and easy mystery while capturing the essence of a bygone era and paying homage to it at the same time Overall I had a pretty good time with this one It makes a nice diversion from the stresses of life and I think cozy mystery lovers would find this one to their liking as well 35 stars

  4. Ivonne Rovira Ivonne Rovira says:

    Buying Closed Casket was the triumph of hope over experience In 2014 author Sophie Hannah released The Monogram Murders the first Hercule Poirot novel since Curtain Poirot's Last Case A Hercule Poirot Mystery was published in 1975 While not up to Dame Agatha Christie’s highest standards Hannah’s novel wasn’t too shabby So I bought Closed Casket hoping for better than a pleasant read and for something less convoluted and implausible than The Monogram MurdersWas my hope justified? Not a chanceJust as Jill Paton Walsh can’t uite capture the voice of Dorothy L Sayers Hannah can’t really sound like Christie in the way that say Laurie R King can channel Sir Arthur Conan Doyle But I’ve never really held that against Hannah However Hannah seems to think that the way to recreate a successful Christie novel is to pepper a house party with lots of loathsome characters and then set Poirot and Scotland Yard detective Edward Catchpool a transparent Captain Hastings surrogate to bumble about Early in the novel a viciously rude character asks Poirot if he’s left his brain in London; soon I began to suspect the same thing Hannah’s Poirot is much less astute and needlessly secretive than the real one and unlike Hastings Edward Catchpool is paranoid and unlikable Author Athelinda “Athie” Playford has made a great success with her series of children’s mysteries featuring a gang of 10 year old sleuths led by her moppet heroine “Shrimp” Seddon Lady Playford decides to disinherit her dimwitted son and her venomous selfish daughter in favor of her Pollyannaish secretary Joseph Scotcher a man dying of kidney disease so advanced that he is confined to a wheelchair and attended full time by a nurse All of the characters — saving Hercule Poirot and Dr Randall Kimpton the fiancé of Lady Playford’s daughter Claudia — are so cardboard that you could make cereal boxes out of them Naturally part of the mystery would be why a robust woman like Lady Playford would bother with changing her will in the autumn to benefit a man who won’t live to inherit; however when the clever imaginative Lady Playford reveals her reason it makes no sense at all In addition Lady Playford an obviously intelligent woman seems shocked when her children aren’t happy with the new will Damn Why would they be? Closed Casket isn’t as lousy as The Big Four Christie’s worst novel by far but it’s a pretty pedestrian novel with a denouement that would seem contrived if I hadn’t been past caring by that point I’ve been trying to think for whom this book would be a good read Christie scholars? No they’d be better off with the original novels and Christie’s correspondence and notes Christie devotees desperate for yet one glimpse of the Belgian detective? I guess for some Closed Casket would be better than nothing although in my case I wish I could get back the 10 hours I spent listening to it on Audible Actually the person I would most recommend to read this book would be Christie’s grandson Mathew Prichard in the vain hope that he would see that he sold out his grandmother for 30 pieces of silver Mr Prichard you could have done much better than hand over your legacy to the lackluster Sophie Hannah If you find a new author to write the next Hercule PoirotEdward Catchpool novel I might be back for Otherwise this is goodbye

  5. Kortessa Giachanatzi Kortessa Giachanatzi says:

    This was uite a good attempt to continue Agatha Christie's legacy It is a decent book and interesting reading It can bring you into the world and psyche of Hercule Poirot I would say it is a typican whodunit plot intriguing with suspence It carries the characteristics that we find in Poirot By that I mean that someone not knowing the famous Belgian detective would easily get the grab of him in this bookOn the othe hand though if this was my first Poirot mystery I wouldn't be so triggered to read of him I love Agatha Christie and Poirot in particular Something else that I did not like is the first person narration which is not something typical of Poirot stories and I also believe that this techniue leaves our Belgian friend a little behind

  6. Aditi Aditi says:

    “Everyone is a potential murderer in everyone there arises from time to time the wish to kill though not the will to kill” Agatha ChristieHercule Poirot is back again with another new adventure and mystery in Sophie Hannah an internationally bestselling writer's new book Closed Casket where the Belgian detective Poirot along with the help of Scotland Yard inspector Edward Catchpool solve the mystery surrounding an old rich aristocrat lady's lavish party at a forgotten Irish countryside where among the guests there is a killer lurking around and they must try to stop himher before heshe strikes his weapon to commit a crimeSynopsis 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 FlynnWhat I intend to say to you will come as a shockWith 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 liveAmong 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? Poirot and Catchpool are among the list of guests attending Lady Athelinda Playford the popular and bestselling children's detective series books' grand party at her mansion in Clonakilty County Cork The reason behind to throw this party is to tell her children as well as their spousespartners about the sudden change of her old will which she has changed under her lawyer's presence and has left all her property and fortune to her dying and extremely sick secretary without any apparent reason and she is certain that someone might try to commit a crime hence she has invited the two detective so that they can try to prevent it from happening But still a murder happens despite the presence of the famous Hercule Poirot so can Poirot identify the killer's face?There is also this twist from the guests' POV that they are not aware about the reason why they are actually invited to the party no one have a clue about it yet the readers are uite aware about it so in someway the story at this point sounds like Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None Well Hannah's portrayal of this Poirot mystery is simply fantastic although at times the story dragged a bit with too much back story which sounds is bit irrelevant in the storyThe plot is a complete pot boiler with millions of twists and turns which will leave your brain puzzled if you try to figure it out on your own so guys leave it to Poirot he will guide you with his brilliance to the end of this complicated maze Poirot's charm is unmatchable and the author has captured it uite vividly into her story just like she did in the previous book This Poirot is although a of an evolved version than Christie's anyhow the best part is that Poirot is back and he will continue to surprise as well as entertain and challenge the readers with his mysteries So I suggest that Christie's Poirot fans must at least give this version of Poirot a chance to let him fly his wings of unbeatable wit to solve some gruesome crimes in EnglandThe writing style of the author is uite crisp and emphatic although I'm not comparing her with Christie Sophie has got some flair in her style of depicting this tale of mystery and also her narration is very articulate The writing is laced with tension and suspense as the author pulls her readers into the depth of this baffling maze The pacing is sometimes uite fast but at times it dragged but overall its swift and the readers will easily sway with the story's flow The mystery is unfolded diligently by the author as there are so many twists ans turns that will not only blind side the readers but will also keep the readers guessing and anticipating about the killer's identity until the very last page The author's building of the plot is smart and clever as she gradually develops the characters with all their flaws and secrets that play an important role in the story line The huge cast of characters that Sophie has created is tastefully spun and their depth is eventually unrolled with the progress of the plot The character's backstory will help the readers to easily connect with them and also will help them to look through the characters In a nutshell this riveting crime thriller will constantly keep the readers on their edges with its new twists and evolving story line and the unexpected challenges So over a large cup of hot coffee enjoy Poirot's thrilling adventure as he solves the crime with his trademark charm and clevernessVerdict Poirot is back with an exciting new and enthralling adventure so don't miss to grab this book Oui Courtesy Thanks to the author Sophie Hannah's publicist from Harper Collins UK for giving me the opportunity to read and review her book

  7. Ova - Excuse My Reading Ova - Excuse My Reading says:

    What's better than Belgian chocolate? Obviously our Belgian detective and his grey cellsIncredibly happy that Poirot is back in literary world This time Hannah takes us to a country house one of my favourite Agatha Christie settings It's really devilish ly clever this book I didn't see the end coming at all Can't wait for the next one in series

  8. Angela Zakreski Angela Zakreski says:

    This Dame is no Agatha ChristieStarted this book snuggled up with a cup of tea by my side and smile on my face for a 'new' Poirot adventure to begin What a MAJOR disappointment it was Her narrator Catchpool seemed to be her 'Hastings' but was to also be a capable police detective with a promising career Obviously this didn't work love Hastings but lovable bumbling is his mode than sharp detective skills and this character did not work Actually all of the characters seemed to be only l characteristics than any full blown personalities And Poirot one of the best known characters of mystery novels there were only glimpses of him in the character she had portrayedPlot was obvious as to who would die but didn't grip you at all Had a hard time getting through this book and not worth while at allNo Idea why anyone would give than 2 starsOh Poirot so sorry to have you cast in such a book

  9. Dichotomy Girl Dichotomy Girl says:

    So I read an article recently; about why the estates of famous writers tend to suddenly allow a new book to come out so many years after the originals It's all about copyright See the copyright on some of Christie's earlier books are soon to expire However if they commission a new book they can retain the copyright to the characters I have very mixed feelings about this especially when I think about all the awesome things that wouldn't exist if the copyright hadn't expired Like SherlockKnowing this no matter how much I love Agatha Christie this whole book seems tainted It's not for a love of Christie's writing or a beloved character It's about money

  10. Em*bedded-in-books* Em*bedded-in-books* says:

    Agatha Christie is my favorite yesteryear cozy mystery author Sophie Hannah is one of my favorite current psychological mystery authors So when Sophie Hannah started giving a new life to Hercule Poirot I was excitedMonogram murders the first of this revamped Poirot series was well appreciated by me though many found it lacking Closed Casket was in my radar the day I saw it on GR and when I received it as a gift I was over the moonThis seems like an amalgam of Christie and Hannah but somehow when Hannah tried to imitate Christie style in conjuring up a new Poirot something went wrong somewhere The newer Poirot seems like a brother of the original Poirot If I were blinded to the author still I would have easily guessed that it is not Dame Christie who has written it This Poirot acts and talks different doesnot groom his moustache doesnot mention his grey cells and doesn't blunder about with the English language like the older one This one is suave Sherlockish And I feel a certain amount of distance from him Hastings is never to be seen Instead it is Michael Catchpool who acts as a lackey Catchpool is cute in his own way And I am thankful that Hannah replaced Hastings with Catchpool because if Hastings too came in a different avtar I would have been disconcertedThe mystery too is sophisticated with the characters being obtuse and conniving than the almost straight forward Christie charactersAthea Playford the eccentric rich mystery novelist of County Cork mansion in Ireland invites Poirot and Catchpool along with her lawyers and announces a nasty surprise that she has changed her existing will the beneficiaries of which were her daughter and son to a new one which endows all her property to her ailing about to die secretary Joseph Scotcher This sets forth a chain reaction with a fatality that Poirot cannot prevent Finding out who the murderer is occupies great deal of time and effort with many vicious secrets coming out No one seems to be who they purport to beI enjoyed the bookWould recommend to all murder mystery fans but with a warning not to expect the older Poirot but to reconcile with his 21st century version

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