Welcome to the Great Escapes Book Tour for Closed Casket (released 6th Sept), the second Hercule Poirot novel written by Sophie Hannah.
I was lucky enough to attend a writers’ evening with Sophie last year, or was it the year before, at the spring N&N festival or Norwich’s Festival of Crime – Noirwich; this year’s event is this week. I’ll be there for Sophie Hannah and Denise Mina In Conversation on Saturday evening!
This tour is promoting not only the new Poirot story but also a complete podcast of After The Funeral by Agatha Christie.
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.”
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 .
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.”
The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
Series: Hercule Poirot Mystery
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 9, 2015)
“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. Though terrified, she 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 London Hotel have been murdered, and a monogrammed 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.
So now Sophie Hannah returns with an all new Poirot story, CLOSED CASKET on sale September 6, 2016!
Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
Series: Hercule Poirot Mysteries
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (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?
About the Author:
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. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.
Webpage – Blog – Facebook – Twitter
Purchase Closed Casket – Amazon – B&N – HarperCollins – Books-A-Million – IndieBound
Purchase The Monogram Murders – Amazon – B&N – HarperCollins Publishers – Books-A-Million –IndieBound
Tour Participants – Spotlight Tour
September 1 – The Book’s the Thing
September 1 – The Cozy Mystery Journal
September 2 – Shelley’s Book Case
September 2 – Celticlady’s Reviews
September 3 – A Holland Reads
September 3 – The Broke Book Bank
September 4 – Brooke Blogs
September 4 – 3 Partners in Shopping Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too!
September 5 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard
September 5 – Readsalot
September 6 – Queen of All She Reads
September 6 – Carole’s Book Corner
September 7 – Pulp and Mystery Shelf
September 7 – Socrates’ Book Reviews
September 8 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
September 8 – Island Confidential
September 9 – StoreyBook Reviews
September 9 – Bea’s Book Nook
September 10 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews
September 10 – The Power of Words
September 11 – Cozy Up With Kathy
September 11 – LibriAmoriMiei
September 12 – Jemima Pett, Author
September 12 – The Girl with Book Lungs
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6 thoughts on “Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie and Sophie Hannah”
I wasn’t a great fan of the Monogram Murders. There was something that didn’t sit right with me about this incarnation of Hercule, which is always the risk when characters are reimagined. He spoke too much French for one. I might give this one a go though, when I can find a free second 😂
I haven’t got around to the first one yet, so I’ll take your comments in mind when I do. Sophie is great talking about it all, though!
Continuing a series as well-known and loved as Poirot isn’t something I’d want to risk! You’re bound to offend someone. I have read some–Jill Paton Walsh’s continuation of the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries, for example. She started well, but when she ran out of plots outlined by Sayers before her death (or at least hinted at), I didn’t care much for the turn things took.
I might consider checking these out, as I’ve not read that many of the original Poirot mysteries so would have less baggage.
I think that’s it, really. (and see my reply to Noelle)
I am of two minds – loved the original Poirot mysteries but afraid reading the new ones might be a big disappointment. So, dear Jemima, I will wait until you tell me what you found upon reading it!
I haven’t read many of the Poirot books, in fact I haven’t really read much Agatha Christie, but of course I’ve seen so many films and tv adaptations, that maybe I wouldn’t mind the Hannah versions too much. So you will have to wait for my review and bear that in mind, Noelle!
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