Fiction Short Take: Closed Casket – Sophie Hannah


British suspense writer Hannah is a long-time Christie geek and was tapped by the author’s estate to continue the series. Hannah’s first “Christie,” The Monogram Murders, was a NYT bestseller and drew rave reviews as well as endorsements from writers like Gillian Flynn and Tana French. USA Today was prompted to say that “Sophie Hannah does an egoless, silky job of reviving Agatha Christie’s beloved [Poirot].” I think we can expect more of the same for round two.

Poirot’s and Catchpool’s sleuthing skills are put to the test as Hannah’s spot-on take on Agatha Christie’s milieu and writing moves toward an unpredictable and satisfying finale. Hannah’s second Christie novel…will be devoured by readers of that title and of Christie’s original works.”
Booklist (starred review)

A famous Irish author of children’s mysteries announces that she’s just disinherited her family before a gathering that includes those very family members—along with Hercule Poirot…. As in The Monogram Murders (2014), Hannah provides both less and more than Agatha Christie ever baked into any of her tales. But the climactic revelation that establishes the killer’s motive is every bit as brilliant and improbable as any of Christie’s own decorous thunderclaps.”
Kirkus Reviews

“[T]his endeavor confirms that the Queen of Crime’s legacy is in capable hands.”
Publishers Weekly

Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery (9780062458827) by Sophie Hannah. $26.99 hardcover. 9/6/16 on sale.

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