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The Killings at Kingfisher Hill

Sophie Hannah

The Killings at Kingfisher Hill
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ISBN: 9780008264550


Hercule Poirot is travelling by luxury passenger coach from London to the exclusive Kingfisher Hill estate, where Richard Devonport has summoned him to prove that his fiancée, Helen, is innocent of the murder of his brother, Frank. But there is a strange condition attached to this request: Poirot must conceal his true reason for being there.

Reviewed on 4th November 2023

Sophie Hannah’s fourth Poirot novel sees him and his friend Inspector Catchpool getting on a coach to visit a fairly new communal estate in the countryside. Naturally on the way they learn about various murder plots, and set out to investigate.

I feel that Hannah has been able again to craft a perfect narrative that balances between being true to Agatha Christie’s style and characters while also feeling up to date in style and morality, despite the period setting.

The plot of this one has a lot going on, and there were a few moments where I thought I’d spotted clues only for them to be red herrings. One reveal I felt was obvious for a long way coming, but that didn’t help me get ahead of the game for the big one.

I really enjoy Hannah’s extensions to the Poirot canon and will be looking out for the next one.

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