The killings at Kingfisher Hill

Sophie Hannah, 1971-

Book - 2020

"Hercule Poirot is traveling by luxury passenger coach from London to the exclusive Kingfisher Hill estate. Richard Devonport has summoned the renowned detective to prove that his fiancée, Helen, is innocent of the murder of his brother, Frank. Poirot will have only days to investigate before Helen is hanged, but there is one strange condition attached: he must conceal his true reason for being there from the rest of the Devonport family. The coach is forced to stop when a distressed woman... demands to get off, insisting that if she stays in her seat, she will be murdered. Although the rest of the journey passes without anyone being harmed, Poirot's curiosity is aroused, and his fears are later confirmed when a body is discovered with a macabre note attached... Could this new murder and the peculiar incident on the coach be clues to solving the mystery of who killed Frank Devonport? And if Helen is innocent, can Poirot find the true culprit in time to save her from the gallows?"--

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Series
Hannah, Sophie, 1971- Hercule Poirot mysteries ; 4.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Historical fiction
Mystery fiction
Published
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2020]
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Item Description
Series enumeration from www.goodreads.com.
"The new Hercule Poirot mystery."
"Published in the United Kingdom in 2020 by HarperCollins UK"--Title page verso.
Sequel to: The mystery of three quarters.
Based on characters created by Agatha Christie.
Physical Description
272 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780062792372
0062792377
9780063019669
0063019663
Main Author
Sophie Hannah, 1971- (author)
Other Authors
Agatha Christie, 1890-1976 (creator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In her fourth Hercule Poirot novel (after The Mystery of Three Quarters, 2018), Hannah again portrays Agatha Christie's Belgian sleuth and his long-suffering sidekick, Inspector Edward Catchpool, solving a tea-and-crumpets-laced whodunit. This time the tale starts with a bus ride on which a woman admits committing the very murder that the partners are en route to solve. She's not the only claimant to the crime, though, and when Poirot and Catchpool reach Little Key in Belgiusm, where the son of the bullying owner has been murdered by either his fiancée or his sister, another murder is committed. Readers will feel steeped in the environs of upper-middle-class England of days past, the chill emanating from a dysfunctional family, and the torture of doing the wrong thing for the right reasons as they enjoy Catchpool's exasperation and Poirot's genius-at-work sensibilities. Two characters are the inventors of Peepers, a board game that they hope will push Monopoly off its perch, so recommend this to board-game aficionados as well as to fans of Christie and Hannah. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In Hannah's next mystery starring the Agatha Christie favorite, Poirot has a prophetic encounter on the train as he travels to the Kingfisher Hill estate of Richard Devonport, who wants him to prove his fiancée innocent of murder (30,000-copy first printing). Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Bestseller Hannah displays her superior ability to devise mind-blowing setups in her fourth authorized continuation of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot series (after 2018's The Mystery of Three Quarters). In 1931, Poirot agrees to come to Kingfisher Hill, the country estate of the Devonport family in Surrey, at the request of Richard Devonport. The previous year, Richard's older brother, Frank, died from a fall at Kingfisher Hill, and Frank's fiancée, Helen Acton, who confessed to intentionally pushing him, has a date with a hangman. Richard, who's Helen's current fiancé, believes she's innocent, and has arranged for Poirot and Scotland Yard's Insp. Edward Catchpool to visit the estate and investigate under the pretense of being interested in a board game Richard's father has invented. On the luxury motor coach from London to Kingfisher Hill, the pair encounter a distraught woman, who, when forced to sit in the one available seat, declares that a man told her that to sit there would mean her death. Then another passenger confesses to a murder. Hannah provides logical and reasonable answers to every oddity. Fans of classic fair-play puzzle mysteries will clamor for more. (Sept.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

While traveling from London to Kingfisher Hill to discretely investigate murder allegations against a wealthy client's wife, Hercule Poirot swaps seats with a nervous train passenger before a second killing is complicated by a series of impossible confessions.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Hired to discretely investigate murder allegations against a wealthy client's wife, Hercule Poirot swaps seats with a nervous train passenger before a second killing is complicated by a series of impossible confessions. 30,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Named a New York Times Best Book to GiveThe 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 delectably twisty mystery in this 'masterful and multi-layered puzzle...adding a new dimension to a much-loved series' (NPR).'Yet again, the diminutive man with the little gray cells delivers the goods.' 'Wall Street JournalHercule Poirot is traveling by luxury passenger coach from London to the exclusive Kingfisher Hill estate. Richard Devonport has summoned the renowned detective to prove that his fiancée, Helen, is innocent of the murder of his brother, Frank. Poirot will have only days to investigate before Helen is hanged, but there is one strange condition attached: he must conceal his true reason for being there from the rest of the Devonport family.The coach is forced to stop when a distressed woman demands to get off, insisting that if she stays in her seat, she will be murdered. Although the rest of the journey passes without anyone being harmed, Poirot's curiosity is aroused, and his fears are later confirmed when a body is discovered with a macabre note attached . . . Could this new murder and the peculiar incident on the coach be clues to solving the mystery of who killed Frank Devonport? And if Helen is innocent, can Poirot find the true culprit in time to save her from the gallows?

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Named a New York Times Best Book to GiveThe 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 delectably twisty mystery in this “masterful and multi-layered puzzle...adding a new dimension to a much-loved series” (NPR).“Yet again, the diminutive man with the little gray cells delivers the goods.” —Wall Street JournalHercule Poirot is traveling by luxury passenger coach from London to the exclusive Kingfisher Hill estate. Richard Devonport has summoned the renowned detective to prove that his fiancée, Helen, is innocent of the murder of his brother, Frank. Poirot will have only days to investigate before Helen is hanged, but there is one strange condition attached: he must conceal his true reason for being there from the rest of the Devonport family.The coach is forced to stop when a distressed woman demands to get off, insisting that if she stays in her seat, she will be murdered. Although the rest of the journey passes without anyone being harmed, Poirot’s curiosity is aroused, and his fears are later confirmed when a body is discovered with a macabre note attached . . . Could this new murder and the peculiar incident on the coach be clues to solving the mystery of who killed Frank Devonport? And if Helen is innocent, can Poirot find the true culprit in time to save her from the gallows?