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"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?
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062458827
0062458825
9780062662286
9780062662279
9780062497734
Branch Call Number: MYS Christie, A 120 2016
Characteristics: viii, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Christie, Agatha 1890-1976

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kmangi
Jan 04, 2017

I thought the book was deadly slow. I love a good cozy and Agatha Christie was the best, but this new version lacks a crisp narrative. I, also felt that to call it a Hercule Poirot novel was extremely misleading. Poirot had such a minor role in the book that it felt like "bait and switch". I was so hopeful that Hannah's books would be Christie-like, but other than the setting, I didn't see much similarity. Pretty disappointed.

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msabaye
Dec 13, 2016

horribly slow, kept fast forwarding desperate to see something moving, but one long monologue after another describing boring dinners and ... This writer hasn't heard of 'pacing' it seems.

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plaing
Nov 14, 2016

sad to say i found this book long winded and boring. don't get me wrong i love Agatha Christie and other (esp. english murder mysteries) but..this one did not hold my attention it needed editing it seemed to go on and on..so i skipped to the end and it was too simplistic. i think now that dear Agatha is in her grave we should just let her be and just enjoy the books she has written.

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harrissusanc
Oct 19, 2016

Catchpool returns with more confidence than in Monogram Murders to narrate what happens when Lady Playford, the children's author, calls him and Poirot to her country manor because she expects an event from her announcement about her changing her will. Poirot matches wits with his witnesses and hangs his case on all the elements and an impeccable observation of character, filled with satire.

Chapel_Hill_MeeghanR Sep 21, 2016

Spot-on, classic manor-house Christie/Poirot fanfiction.

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