THE KILLINGS AT KINGFISHER HILL
The world’s greatest detective, Hercule Poirot — legendary star of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile — returns to solve a fiendish new mystery.
Hercule Poirot is travelling by luxury passenger coach from London to the exclusive Kingfisher Hill estate. Richard Devonport has summoned him to prove that his fiancée, Helen, is innocent of the murder of his brother, Frank. There is one strange condition attached to this request: Poirot must conceal his true reason for being there from the rest of the Devonport family.
On the coach, a distressed woman leaps up, demanding to disembark. She insists that if she stays in her seat, she will be murdered. A seat-swap is arranged, and the rest of the journey passes without incident. But Poirot has a bad feeling about it, and his fears are later confirmed when a body is discovered in the Devonports’ home with a note that refers to ‘the seat that you shouldn’t have sat in’.
Could this new murder and the peculiar incident on the coach be clues to solving the mystery of who killed Frank Devonport? And can Poirot find the real murderer in time to save an innocent woman from the gallows?
Out 20 August (UK) and 15 September (US)
“Bestseller Hannah displays her superior ability to devise mind-blowing setups in her fourth authorized continuation of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot series… Fans of classic fair-play puzzle mysteries will clamor for more.”
Publishers Weekly, US
“Sophie Hannah continues her fabulous run of tightly-wound mysteries with yet another compelling adventure starring the world’s most beloved detective, Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot… A masterfully plotted, mind-bending crime thriller that harkens back to the days when Agatha Christie ruled the genre, The Killings at Kingfisher Hill is hands down the best mystery novel of 2020 so far.”
“Author Sophie Hannah made a name for herself with clever, dark and intricately plotted standalone thrillers… It is no small undertaking to follow in the footsteps of Christie, but Hannah nails it in her latest, The Killings at Kingfisher Hill. The tone is pitch-perfect, the mystery aspect is as convoluted as anything ever crafted by Hannah’s predecessor.”
‘This latest endeavour expertly captures the essence of what makes Poirot so beloved by millions of readers, whilst entertaining us with an intelligent, intricate puzzle to solve. Hannah is keeping the spirit of the golden age of mystery alive and long may she continue.’
‘I think the author has captured Poirot brilliantly and this book has all the clues and red-herrings Christie would be proud of. As typical of a Poirot mystery, I had absolutely no idea who the killer was until it was announced.’
‘A cracking whodunit…I read it in one sitting and loved it.’
‘Hannah is able to recreate Poirot so well, that it is easy to forget that the story does not come from the pen of Christie.’