Hercule Poirot’s Silent Night – Sophie Hannah

Book cover of Hercule Poirot's Silent Night by Sophie Hannah

Title: Hercule Poirot’s Silent Night
Sophie Hannah
Publisher: HarperCollins UK



It’s 19 December 1931. Hercule Poirot and Inspector Edward Catchpool are called to investigate the murder of a man in the apparent safe haven of a Norfolk hospital ward. Catchpool’s mother, the irrepressible Cynthia, insists that Poirot stays in a crumbling mansion by the coast, so that they can all be together for the festive period while Poirot solves the case. Cynthia’s friend Arnold is soon to be admitted to that same hospital and his wife is convinced he will be the killer’s next victim, though she refuses to explain why.

Poirot has less than a week to solve the crime and prevent more murders, if he is to escape from this nightmare scenario and get home in time for Christmas. Meanwhile, someone else – someone utterly ruthless – also has ideas about what ought to happen to Hercule Poirot…

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My review:

Hercule Poirot’s Silent Night is another fun story told in the style of Agatha Christie, with Sophie Hannah’s own twist on the character proving a great success yet again.

In this novel, we’re off to stay with Catchpoole’s mother and associates for Christmas as they investigate a murder that took place in a local hospital. We’re soon sucked into a dark, entertaining and perplexing mystery as we are introduced to various characters including the ridiculous local Police Inspector Mackle, who is – of course – no match for Poirot’s brains.

There’s some good twists and surprises to enjoy here, and the setting feels very atmospheric. The plot is well-paced and, though there are some dark parts, overall it feels quite festive and good fun! As always, I’m looking forward to future releases in the series.

My rating: 4/5

Many thanks to the publisher, HarperCollins UK for providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an honest review.



  1. Hercule Poirot, the legendary detective created by Agatha Christie, continues to captivate readers with his brilliant mind and unparalleled deductive skills. In Sophie Hannah’s novel, “Hercule Poirot’s Silent Night,” she breathes new life into the beloved character, taking readers on a thrilling journey of mystery and suspense. Set during the Christmas season, the story begins with Poirot receiving a desperate plea for help from a wealthy man named Benedict Farley. Farley believes he is being targeted by a ruthless killer who plans to strike on Christmas Eve. As Poirot delves deeper into the case, he uncovers a web of secrets, lies, and hidden agendas, all intricately woven together. Hannah succeeds in capturing the essence of Christie’s writing style, delivering a complex plot filled with unexpected twists and an array of fascinating characters. She seamlessly blends Poirot’s trademark wit and charm with her own unique storytelling, creating a captivating and immersive reading experience. “Hercule Poirot’s Silent Night” is a delightful homage to Agatha Christie’s legacy and a must-read for both fans of the original series and newcomers to the world of Poirot.

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