All the classic Christie ingredients are here to make a heady cocktail of poison, intrigue and country house murder most foul!
This is a wonderful read with a superb cast of characters, narrated not by Monsieur Poirot but by Edward Catchpool a Scotland Yard detective. Both men have been invited to Lady Athelinda Playford’s country estate but neither are sure why. Lady Athelinda is a famous children’s author, very much in the Blyton mould who has created a long running series about a character called Shrimp Sutton who solves mysteries.
We find out at a very dramatically convened dinner party, that Lady Athelinda is planning to alter her will in favour of her faithful secretary, Scotcher to the exclusion of her own children who have also been summoned to supper. The first twist in the tale comes with the fact that Scotcher is terminally ill and likely to predecease Lady Playford. What follows is murder, mystery and mayhem all played out in glorious homage to Christie but in Sophie Hannah’s own inimitable style.
I haven’t read Sophie Hannah’s first take on Poirot – ‘The Monogram Murders’ but I certainly intend to now. I would also like to see a series of Edward Catchpool and Poirot teaming up to solve other cases as I think they make for a good double act.
It’s no mystery, it’s an open and shut case – you’ll love this book!
All the classic Christie ingredients are here to make a heady cocktail of poison, intrigue and country house murder most foul! It’s an open and shut case – you’ll love this book![Top]