"What I intend to say to you will come as a shock..."On the occasion of a grand party at her Irish mansion, Lady Athelinda Playford--one of the world's most beloved children's authors--springs a surprise on the lawyer entrusted with her will: she is cutting off her two children without a penny . . . and leaving her vast fortune to an invalid with weeks to live.Among Lady Playford's visitors are two strangers: the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard. Neither knows why he has been invited--until Poirot begins to wonder if Lady Playford expects a murder . . .Addictive and ferociously clever, Closed Casket is a triumph from the author whose work is "as tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie"