Thursday, 2 August 2018

The New Hercule Poirot Mysteries #3 - The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah

I have to hand it to Sophie Hannah, she has got the whole Agatha Christie - Hercule Poirot and 1930s vibe down to a fine art. Instead of trying to replicate Christie's style and characters, Hannah gives her readers the feeling they are wandering around in the mind maps and plots of the grande dame of crime, whilst infusing the story with her own style and sense of humour.

I imagine it is both exciting to be the face of the new Poirot and incredibly difficult to live up to such high expectations. Sophie Hannah does so with great panache.

In this third new mystery featuring Poirot, the most famous detective in the entire world (his words), finds himself in the midst of a mystery about the author of a series of poison pen letters. Hercule Poirot himself has accused multiple people of murder, of killing the same man. He has written, signed and sent these letters himself.

The accused, start popping up all over the place to threaten, shout and berate him for his thoughtless accusations. Just one problem, the pedantic Belgian with the meticulously groomed moustache has never heard of the supposed victim, the recipients of said letters and he certainly hasn't accused anyone of 'the murder most wicked' - well at least not lately. Luckily there is nothing Poirot loves more than a criminal trying to pull the wool over his eyes.

Three Quarters is step back into time and it gives the reader a sense of nostalgia. It is the typical Poirot crime mystery readers love to immerse themselves in. Hannah gives her readers the Christie of old but stamps her mark on it with confidence, which makes for a great read.

Buy The Mystery of Three Quarters at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer.
Pub date: 23rd August 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins

Read Did You See Melody? by Sophie Hannah

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