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March 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Fiction
  • Golden Age of Crime

Agatha, Poirot and Me (SOLD OUT)

Sophie Hannah


Park Inn Palace Hotel
Church Road
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL
£5 (27yrs and under)

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Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

Internationally bestselling novelist Sophie Hannah will talk about her new Hercule Poirot novel, Closed Casket, and the genius of Agatha Christie. Sophie will share her lifelong love of Agatha Christie’s mystery fiction and consider the enduring appeal of the great detective Hercule Poirot. She became the first author since Christie’s death to write and publish a Poirot mystery, The Monogram Murders, in 2014, with Closed Casket following in 2016.

Sophie Hannah is a leading author of psychological crime fiction, published in 32 languages and 51 territories. In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Sophie published a new Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which has become a bestseller in more than fifteen countries.

“Sophie Hannah’s idea for a plot line was so compelling and her passion for my grandmother’s work so strong, that we felt that the time was right for a new Christie to be written.” Mathew Prichard, grandson of Agatha Christie

Closed Casket was published in September 2016, becoming an instant Sunday Times top ten bestseller.

This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Golden Age of Crime Weekend, 11 & 12 March in Southend-on-Sea.

PARK INN PALACE HOTEL OFFER: Make a Weekend of It! Special room rates for those attending Golden Age of Crime events over the weekend.

sophiehannah.com @sophiehannahCB1



Classic Christie . . . Captures the essence of the originals without being a slavish imitation . . . Clues emerge, but the case remains perplexing. Christie aficionados will delight in the familiar repartee and the intricate deduction of the solution. Washington Post

Equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging…I was thrilled to see Poirot in such very, very good hands. Reading The Monogram Murders was like returning to a favorite room of a long-lost home. Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

Perfect…a pure treat for Agatha Christie fans. Tana French, New York Times betselling author of The Secret Place



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