Closed Casket

Closed Casket - Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot has been invited to the newly independent Ireland, as a guest of the aristocratic Lady Playford to her country estate Lillieoak. We're told the story of Closed Casket, by Inspector Edward Catchpole of Scotland Yard, a friend and colleague of Poirot’s.

It's Oct. 1929, and both Poirot and Catchpole are both wondering why they've both been invited to stay as guests. Everything becomes clear on their first night why they're guests, when Lady Playford’s secretary, Joseph Scotcher, is found murdered sometime after dinner. So begins the classic, Manor House style mystery.

Throughout the book we get to know the rest of the characters. Poirot and his ‘little grey cells’ are intrigued by what has happened and investigates further, which annoys Irish Police Inspector who'e been sent to investigate the murder.

At the Coroner’s Inquest Poirot recognizes that what they've been told and what's been said in court isn't necessarily the truth. The suspects have their quirks and secrets that they don't want to come out, just like the victim did.

Closed Casket does not disappoint, and Agatha Christie herself would find herself delighted with this story. All of Poirot's nuances are here, from his gate, his OCD, and how he likes to express himself in both French and English.