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THE MYSTERY OF THREE QUARTERS – Sophie Hannah (out now!)
Hercule Poirot returns home after an agreeable luncheon to find an angry woman waiting to berate him outside his front door. Her name is Sylvia Rule, and she demands to know why Poirot has accused her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. She is furious to be so accused, and deeply shocked. Poirot is equally shocked, because he too has never heard of any Barnabas Pandy, and he certainly did not send the letter in question. He cannot convince Sylvia Rule of his innocence, however, and she marches away in a rage.
Shaken, Poirot goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him — a man called John McCrodden who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy…
Poirot wonders how many more letters of this sort have been sent in his name. Who sent them, and why? More importantly, who is Barnabas Pandy, is he dead, and, if so, was he murdered? And can Poirot find out the answers without putting more lives in danger?
My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars!
This was my introduction to Agatha Christie and the Hercule Poirot series. I have seen the film adaptations to MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (original and remake) but I have yet to pick up one of her books. I had a slight idea as to some of the mannerisms and how Poirot worked, but I loved being able to experience it firsthand.
I really enjoyed the writing and getting to know Poirot, however I do feel like I should go back and pick up some earlier books to get a better grasp of the character. I’ll always love a good mystery novel. This one kept me plenty entertained and moved at a good pace! There were a couple spots I felt myself disconnecting but those didn’t last very long. It was fun keeping up with the clues and trying to figure out the mystery along with Poirot and his own unique methods of sleuthing.
This was a solid introduction into the Hercule Poirot series and I think I’ll go back and read the other books in Hannah’s series, as well as the originals from Christie!
(Sophie Hannah photo by Philippa Gedge)
About the Authors:
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.
Learn more about Agatha Christie through her official website.
Sophie Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers, including Woman with a Secret, as well as The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket, the first novels to be authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie. Her books have received numerous awards, including a UK National Book Award, and are published in forty-nine countries. She lives in Cambridge, England.
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