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Agatha, Poirot and Me - An Evening with Sophie Hannah

Author Talk and Q&A
Join internationally bestselling crime writer Sophie Hannah for an insightful talk about her latest Poirot novel.

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Join internationally bestselling crime writer Sophie Hannah for an insightful talk about her new Poirot novel, The Killings at Kingfisher Hill. Sophie will discuss and read from the new book and talk about her work with and for the Christie family writing Hercule Poirot novels and the experience of becoming Agatha Christie’s continuation novel writer. The evening uncovers how Sophie approached the formidable task of continuing the stories of one of literature’s greatest detectives, and her thoughts on Christie’s writing, style and plotting. She will also talk about her contemporary thrillers, her 'How To Hold A Grudge' self-help book and podcast and her Dream Author coaching programme for writers - so if you're a writer with dreams, do come along!

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?

Sophie Hannah is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling writer of crime fiction, published in 49 languages and 51 countries. Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide. In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Sophie published a new Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which was a bestseller in more than fifteen countries. She has since published two more nationally and internationally bestselling Poirot novels, Closed Casket and The Mystery of Three Quarters. 

 In 2013, Sophie’s novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards.  She has also published two short story collections and five collections of poetry – the fifth of which, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A Level and degree level across the UK. Most recently, she has published a self-help book called How to Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment – The Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life and launched the How To Hold a Grudge Podcast. Sophie is co-creator and course director of the University of Cambridge's new Master's degree in  Crime and Thriller Writing, and the founder of the DREAM AUTHOR coaching programme for writers. She lives with her husband, children and dog in Cambridge, where she is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College.

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