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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Agatha Christie, Sophie Hannah Narrator: Julian Rhind-Tutt Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hercule Poirot Mysteries Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9780062561770
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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.

“What I intend to say to you will come as a shock …”

With 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 live.

Among 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?

Addictive, ferociously clever, and packed with clues, wit, and murder, Closed Casket is a triumph from the author whose work is “as tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie” (Alexander McCall Smith, the New York Times Book Review).

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “An intriguing setup, colorful characters, and witty dialogue elevate this classic manor house mystery. Fiendish schemes and an abundance of interpersonal conflict foster tension and drive plot, while outrageous twists and juicy red herrings confound readers…This endeavor confirms that the Queen of Crime’s legacy is in capable hands.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The climactic revelation that establishes the killer’s motive is every bit as brilliant and improbable as any of Christie’s own.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Rhind-Tutt makes Poirot immediately recognizable. His portrayal of Edward Catchpool…is the perfect Poirot foil, expressing equal parts irritation and affection for the master detective. The suspects…are all distinct and well crafted…Poirot fans will be delighted by Rhind-Tutt’s second resurrection of the beloved Belgian detective.”

    AudioFile

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2016
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About the Author
Author Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Christie (1890–1976) was a British crime writer best known for her detective novels and short stories. According to Guinness World Records, she is the best-selling novelist of all time, her novels having sold over four billion copies and having been translated into more than one hundred languages. The Agatha Award for best mystery and crime writers was named in her honor.

About the Narrator

Julian Rhind-Tutt is an actor and voice artist. His audiobook narrations have earned five AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His film appearances include roles in The Madness of King George, The Saint, Les Misérables, Notting Hill, and Tomorrow Never Dies, while his television credits include Reckless, Dangerfield, and Richard II. His stage work includes Editing Process, The Way of the World, Catherine Howard, and as the Duke of York in The Madness of George III. He is also the recipient of the Carlton Hobbs Award from BBC Radio.