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The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery (Paperback)

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I’m not convinced that stories from real life have beginnings and ends, as a matter of fact. Approach them from any vantage point and you’ll see that they stretch endlessly back into the past and spread inexorably forward into the future.

The first of Sophie Hannah’s brand new murder mysteries that can only be solved by the eponymous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and his 'little grey cells'.

Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffee house is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified, but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done.

Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at the fashionable Bloxham Hotel have been murdered; a monogrammed cufflink placed in each one's mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman?

While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim...

In the hands of internationally bestselling author Sophie Hannah, Poirot plunges into a mystery set in 1920s London - a diabolically clever puzzle that can only be solved by one man.

You can also read Sophie Hannah’s second foray into the fiendish world of Christie in Closed Casket with the third, The Mystery of Three Quarters out August 2018.

‘The novel – which has a rich skein of black humour running through it – is immensely satisfying on many levels, including its ingenious ending. At the close of the book, Poirot states, "The best artists, they have the eye for detail and for structure: how all the components fit together". By Poirot's standards, Hannah is a gifted artist indeed.’ – The Independent

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007547449
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Hannah gets it right in every particular - her extraordinary feat is to make the reader forget very quickly that the novel is not, in fact, written by Dame Agatha herself.' - The Times

'Poirot purists will be in seventh heaven.' - The Daily Telegraph

'Within the first few pages of The Monogram Murders it is obvious that we are in safe hands. Sophie Hannah has written a novel that would have delighted the Queen of Crime.' - The Independent

'A brilliant new murder mystery which picks up where the grande dame of crime left off' - The Mail on Sunday

'Both faithful to the character and an entirely worthy addition to the canon. The plot is as tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie. Nothing is obvious or predictable in this very difficult Sudoku of a novel. The Monogram Murders has a life and freshness of its own. Poirot is still Poirot. Poirot is back.' -  Alexander McCall Smith in The New York Times

'Sophie Hannah had large boots to fill... Nevertheless, she manages it with considerable wit, charm and ingenuity.' - The Sunday Express

'Equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging ... I was thrilled to see Poirot in such very, very good hands. Reading The Monogram Murders was like returning to a favourite room of a long-lost home.' - Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

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“A good read but not Christie.”

Like James Bond and Sherlock Holmes before him, Poirot has had a reboot. This time it's Sophie Hannah's turn to step into the shoes of the Grande Dame of crime and try her hand at writing a Poirot novel.... More

Hardback edition
20th September 2014
Helpful? Upvote 86

“well worth a read”

Firstly, I must say I loved this novel. I appreciate and agree with the previous reviewer in that it's almost Poirot without quite being a Christie....
Ms Hannah has obviously worked closely with the estate of... More

Hardback edition
23rd September 2014
Helpful? Upvote 47

“well worth a read”

Firstly, I must say I loved this novel. I appreciate and agree with the previous reviewer in that it's almost Poirot without quite being a Christie....
Ms Hannah has obviously worked closely with the estate of... More

Hardback edition
23rd September 2014
Helpful? Upvote 43

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