Closed Casket, the new Poirot novel – plus a free Christie podcast!

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Closed Casket, the new Poirot novel - plus a free Christie podcast!

Closed Casket

Sophie Hannah returns with an all new Poirot story, CLOSED CASKET on sale September 6, 2016!

Lady Athelinda Playford has planned a house party at her mansion Clonakilty, County Cork, but it is no ordinary gathering. As guests arrive, Lady Playford summons her lawyer to make an urgent change to her will – one she intends to announce at dinner that night. She has decided to cut off her two children without a penny and leave her fortune to someone who has only weeks to live…

Among Lady Playford’s guests are two men she has never met—the famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard. Neither knows why he has been invited…until Poirot starts to wonder if Lady Playford expects a murderer to strike. But why does she seem so determined to provoke, in the presence of a possible killer? When the crime is committed in spite of Poirot’s best efforts to stop it, will he be able to unveil the true reason behind Lady Playford’s drastic change of heart, and ultimately, identify the killer?

Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

  • Series: Hercule Poirot Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (September 6, 2016)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062458827


In 2014 Sophie Hannah received wide-spread acclaim for penning an all-new mystery featuring Agatha Christie’s legendary hero Hercule Poirot, The Monogram Murders, an instant bestseller.  Reviews were outstanding, praising Hannah for her command of the character and voice.  So when the time came to write a new story, Sophie knew there was only one way she would write another book—even though she enjoyed writing the first so much—she knew she would need to have an idea that was clever and compelling enough to think, ‘This feels very Agatha-ish. Poirot MUST solve this case.’

And then it came to her, “…as if by magic (that really is how it felt!) an idea landed in my head. A motive for murder. It was incredibly simple—so simple, it almost seemed too obvious—and yet I didn’t think it had been done before.”

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Why I want to read this book:

I am really looking forward to this book! I’m a huge fan of Poirot, and the plot description above sounds very much like something Christie might have written. The first book was indeed “clever and compelling.”


Scroll down for a free podcast of Agatha Christie’s After the Funeral!


The Monogram Murders

The first book in Sophie Hannah’s continuation of Agatha Christie’s Poirot series
The Monogram Murders (Sophie Hannah)

‘I’m a dead woman, or I shall be soon…’

Hercule Poirot’s quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified – but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done.

Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one’s mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim…



See my review

  • Series: Hercule Poirot Mysteries
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 9, 2015)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062297228


Purchase The Monogram Murders – Amazon  – B&N – HarperCollins Publishers – Books-A-Million –IndieBound


Free Podcast

As part of their promotion, the publisher is offering a free podcast serialization of Agatha Christie’s After the Funeral (originally published as Funerals Are Fatal)

Hercule Poirot is called on to investigate the murder of a brother and sister, in this classic Agatha Christie mystery now available in an updated edition with a foreword Sophie Hannah.

 “He was murdered, wasn’t he?”

When Cora Lansquenet is savagely murdered, the extraordinary remark she had made the previous day at her brother Richard’s funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance. At the reading of Richard’s will, Cora was clearly heard to say, “It’s been hushed up very nicely, hasn’t it. But he was murdered, wasn’t he?”

Did Cora’s accusation a dark truth that sealed her own fate? Or are the siblings’ deaths just tragic coincidences?

Desperate to know the truth, the Lansquenet’s solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery. For even after the funeral, death isn’t finished yet .


Click Here to listen to After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

A Free Serialization of the Complete Audiobook in Eight Parts

Presented by Sophie Hannah

Throughout the serialization, Sophie informs listeners on the crucial distinction between the truly impossible and the deeply unlikely, points out the magic of a very personal motive, and explains her belief that “the best stories are the ones that would only ever happen once.”


About Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of 10 psychological thrillers, which have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Her novel The Carrier won the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards Crime Thriller of the Year. In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Sophie published a new Hercule Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which was a bestseller in more than fifteen countries. A second Poirot novel, Closed Casket, followed In September 2016.

Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. She is forty-four and lives with her husband, children and dog in Cambridge.

7 Responses to “Closed Casket, the new Poirot novel – plus a free Christie podcast!”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Poirot is more irritating in some books than in others, I find. I have to admit that while Hannah’s first Poirot mystery was well-crafted, it didn’t quite feel like a Poirot. But we’ll see how this one goes! I think they’re well worth reading even if they don’t quite have the Christie “voice.”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m on the hold list at the library for both the book and the audiobook—whichever comes in first! The lists are pretty long, though, so I have a while to wait.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I had mixed feelings about the first book Hannah did. It was a very good mystery, but not quite in the quintessential Christie/Poirot style. On the whole I liked it, and this plot sounds very Poirot-ish, so I’m hopeful.