“Closed Casket” is a mystery novel written by Sophie Hannah. Published in 2016, it is part of the Hercule Poirot series, authorized by the Agatha Christie estate, which features the famous fictional detective Hercule Poirot.
In “Closed Casket,” Sophie Hannah skillfully brings back Hercule Poirot, the beloved Belgian detective created by Agatha Christie. The story is set in the 1920s and takes place at a grand estate called Lillieoak in Ireland.
The plot revolves around a gathering of family and friends at Lillieoak, where the wealthy and eccentric Lady Athelinda Playford, an author of children’s books, announces her decision to change her will. During the announcement, Lady Playford shocks everyone by revealing that she intends to cut off her two children from her inheritance and leave everything to someone entirely unexpected.
As tensions rise and secrets are exposed, Lady Playford’s decision becomes the catalyst for a mysterious murder that takes place later that night. Hercule Poirot, who happens to be a guest at Lillieoak, is called upon to unravel the complex web of relationships, motives, and hidden truths surrounding the murder.
Throughout the book, Sophie Hannah captures Agatha Christie’s signature style of intricate plotting, multiple suspects, and unexpected twists and turns. She successfully brings her own touch to the story, creating a gripping mystery that pays homage to the classic whodunit genre.
“Closed Casket” received positive reviews from fans of Agatha Christie’s work, as well as from new readers who enjoyed Sophie Hannah’s fresh take on the iconic character of Hercule Poirot. It is a worthy addition to the Hercule Poirot series, delivering a compelling mystery that keeps readers engaged until the very end.