Killings at Kingfisher Hill
by Hannah, Sophie

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.

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.

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