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Get ready to cozy up by the fire and immerse yourself in a thrilling holiday whodunit with “Hercule Poirot’s Silent Night” by Sophie Hannah. In this fifth installment of the new Hercule Poirot Mysteries series, Poirot and Inspector Edward Catchpool team up to solve a murder and prevent another. Set in December 1931, the story takes place in a crumbling mansion by the coast where Poirot is invited to stay for the festive season while they delve into the baffling case. With colorful characters, surprising twists, and an unpredictable ending, this clever and intriguing mystery will keep you guessing long into the silent night.


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New Hercule Poirot Mysteries: Book 5

Publication Date: October 24, 2023

The world’s greatest detective, Hercule Poirot—legendary star of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile—puts his little grey cells to work solving a baffling Christmas mystery.

It’s December 19, 1931. Hercule Poirot and Inspector Edward Catchpool are looking forward to a much-needed, restful Christmas holiday, when they are called upon to investigate the murder of a man in a Norfolk hospital ward. Cynthia Catchpool, Edward’s mother, insists that Poirot stay with her in a crumbling mansion by the coast, so that they can all be together for the festive period while he solves the case.

As Poirot digs into the mystery, he discovers that the murdered man was a retired post office master, and by all accounts very well-liked. The local constabulary’s investigation failed to uncover how someone could have entered a hospital room and killed him under the noses of the staff. 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.

With no obvious motive or suspect, 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…


  • Hercule Poirot
  • Inspector Edward Catchpool
  • Cynthia Catchpool
  • Arnold Laurier
  • Vivienne Laurier
  • Inspector Mackle


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Unraveling Clues

The setting for this mysterious tale is Frellingsloe House, a crumbling mansion situated on a cliff that is threatening to fall into the sea. Poirot and Catchpool begin their investigation at this location, where they uncover a web of secrets and clues. Catchpool undertakes an undercover investigation at the house, disguising it as a mission to decorate Christmas trees. Meanwhile, Poirot employs his deductive reasoning and famous “little grey cells” to piece together the puzzle. Despite the lack of a clear motive and suspects, they are determined to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murder.

Surprise Ending

In true Hercule Poirot fashion, the ending of the mystery is a complete surprise. No one sees it coming, not even Poirot himself. The contributions of Catchpool, with his keen observation and insights, play a crucial role in revealing the true identity of the murderer. Through their combined efforts, they manage to bring the hidden motives and secrets to light, resulting in a shocking revelation.

Sophie Hannah’s Rendition

As the author of this fifth installment in the Hercule Poirot series, Sophie Hannah has admirably adapted Agatha Christie’s famous sleuth and captured his essence. In Hercule Poirot’s Silent Night, Hannah skillfully unveils the intricate plot twists and turns, keeping readers guessing until the very end. The characters she introduces are both colorful and intriguing, adding depth to the overall story. The book is filled with an abundant sense of mystery and guessing, keeping readers on the edge of their seats.


Hercule Poirot’s Silent Night is a perfect holiday whodunit that will captivate fans of Agatha Christie and lovers of the mystery genre. The engaging story, with its clever and intriguing mystery, will keep you guessing and turning the pages until the shocking conclusion. It is an ideal choice for a cozy read on a silent night, immersing yourself in the world of Poirot and his relentless pursuit of justice.

Where to Buy

You can purchase Hercule Poirot’s Silent Night from the following retailers:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • iBooks
  • Kobo

About The Author

Sophie Hannah is a bestselling author known for her psychological thrillers, which have been published in 51 countries and adapted for television. In addition to her own works, she has also written authorized Hercule Poirot novels, starting with The Monogram Murders. Sophie’s writing career has been filled with noteworthy accomplishments, and she continues to captivate readers with her gripping storytelling. She currently resides in Cambridge, UK.

To learn more about Sophie Hannah and her works, visit her website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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