Closed Casket

Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie.

Post by Robyne55.

Of course this book is not written by Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie because Agatha Christie died a long time ago. However, it appears Sophie Hannah has Ms. Christie’s divine guidance in the writing of this Hercule Poirot mystery.

It has become fashionable to mimic the writing style of the late and much missed. Stieg Larsson and Ian Fleming are two that have been cloned (literally, I mean), and with a fair amount of success. Is Closed Casket successful? I think it is.

The book has all the elements of a great Agatha Christie. The action takes place in a country house. The characters are all fairly eccentric. There are lots of red herrings. There is a change of will, a baffling murder, and (of course) Hercule Poirot to save the day. What more does one need?

I really like this clever little book and it does invoke the ‘Christie’ style. Sophie Hannah makes a credible Christie, and I hope she keeps channeling the great dame herself. Well done!