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Read an Extract from Sophie Hannah's New Poirot Investigation: The Mystery of Three Quarters

Following the success of The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket, Sophie Hannah once more takes on the mantle of Agatha Christie in The Mystery of Three Quarters; a diabolically challenging new puzzle for Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Published on 23 August 2018 and available to pre-order now signed by the author, read an enticing extract from the heart of the mystery.

Festive Felony: Anthony Horowitz Recommends the Best Crime Books of 2017

For Anthony Horowitz, time spent in the company of a good crime novel this year has had to take second place to busily writing his own second crime novel, The Word is Murder - the first in a new series following the bestselling Magpie Murders. Nevertheless, he’s crossed paths with some unmissable crime fiction this year and he’s chosen the highlights of his findings exclusively for Waterstones. From contemporary thrillers to historical mysteries it’s got something for everyone; perfect for those readers for whom Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a murder or two under the tree.

'I saw my job as bringing new and exciting cases to him for him to solve rather than to change him.'

Sophie Hannah talks about the joy of Golden Age crime fiction storytelling, the literary Christie and the challenge of taking on the master of the ‘little grey cells’, Hercule Poirot, for the second time. Interview by Waterstones Online's Martha Greengrass.

Blood Simple

Blood Simple

Posted on 26th Aug, 2016

When The Monogram Murders arrived back in 2014, there was a collective sense of relief at Waterstones Towers. Not only had the ever-brilliant Sophie Hannah risen to the challenge of picking up where Agatha Christie left off, in many ways (and we know for some this is heresy itself) she had bettered it. Now Sophie Hannah returns with her follow-up outing for Hercule Poirot, the fiendishly brilliant Closed Casket.

Hercule Poirot returns in The Monogram Murders

Hercule Poirot is back in an all-new mystery from the pen of Sophie Hannah.

Review of the Year 2014: Part Three

Review of the Year 2014: Part Three

Posted on 31st Dec, 2014 by Waterstones

In the third part of our round-up of the year, we take a look at the highlights from September through to December and prepare to turn the page on an excellent 2014. Here’s to leaping into the unknown and dusting off our bookshelves for a new year of brilliant books.

Specsavers National Book Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year's Specsavers National Book Awards shortlists were announced today - and we're here to guide you through them.

Read The Monogram Murders

Read The Monogram Murders

Posted on 16th Sep, 2014 by Sophie Hannah

Read the opening chapter of Sophie Hannah's new Hercule Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders.

The Graveyard Directory

The Graveyard Directory

Posted on 14th Sep, 2014 by Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah found inspiration for the name of Hercule Poirot's sidekick, in her new Poirot novel The Monogram Murders, in a slightly unusual place.

Murder by numbers: a Poirot infographic

With Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot poised to return in Sophie Hannah's The Monogram Murders we're breaking down the the famous Belgian detective's past adventures in this exclusive infographic. Plus, there's a chance to win tickets to the Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay...

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

Posted on 15th Jul, 2014 by Rowan Whiteside

Yes, that's deliberate and not a typo! Rowan Whiteside of our Norwich bookshop shares her excitement about the upcoming Noirwich Crime Writing Festival – a deadly new festival.

First glimpse at Cheltenham Festival 2014 line-up

Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood and Hilary Mantel are among the first big names announced for this year's The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.