The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie HannahThe Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah

The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

bySophie Hannah

Paperback | September 9, 2014

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The bestselling novelist of all time.

The world’s most famous detective.

The literary event of the year—an all-new mystery featuring

Agatha Christie’s legendary hero Hercule Poirot.

Since the publication of her first novel in 1920, more than two billion copies of Agatha Christie’s books have been sold around the globe. Now, for the first time ever, the guardians of her legacy have approved a brand new novel featuring Dame Agatha’s most beloved creation, Hercule Poirot.

‘I’m a dead woman, or I shall be soon…’

Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffeehouse 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 a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been 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...

Internationally bestselling author Sophie Hannah breathes new life into the incomparable detective. In this thrilling tale, Poirot plunges into a mystery set in 1920s London-a diabolically clever puzzle that will test his brilliant skills and baffle and delight longtime Christie fans and new generations of readers discovering him for t...
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Title:The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot MysteryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:September 9, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062362739

ISBN - 13:9780062362735

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good story Well written in the Agatha Christie style..........Agatha Christie my favorite writer...............
Date published: 2015-10-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor remake of Hercule Poirot When you are attempting to replicate legends, you should be very focused and detail oriented, because the people who read such novels are hard-core fans of these legends and will not compromise on quality. Dame Agatha Christie is the Goddess of Mystery, in my opinion. So, when “Monogram Murders” came out, I was very excited to meet Poirot again with his French exclamations and over-the-top attitude. However, I was to be terribly disappointed. The story started fast and well. The initial feel of the book was authentic and nostalgic. However, as the story progressed, Hercule Poirot changed considerably. The much-too-humble Poirot felt like a completely different person. Catchpool was added and played the role of Watson. However, many a times through the book, it is shown that Poirot almost missed out on several important points and Catchpool in fact saved the day. However, Catchpool is too immature or too much of a novice to be a detective. Therefore, Poirot depending on such a person to gain insights is something far too impossible to imagine. All this is very different from the Poirot I know and admire. The comes the climax – which lasted a good 4 chapters. Who puts climax for so long? Towards the end, I was so bored that I did not have the patience to even finish the climax. With a seemingly dumb Poirot and a never-ending Climax, I really have almost no stars to give this book. 1 star just so I could meet Poirot again, even if it was only for a couple of initial chapters
Date published: 2015-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Monogran Murders This book was just so good, I couldn't put it down. I have read virtally every Agatha Christie story and this felt exactly like one of her stories. A definite must read!
Date published: 2015-08-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Monogram Murders Needlessly complicated. Poirot explaining how it was done takes five long chapters. And the dumb detective is perpetually without a clue. Read a real Christie instead.
Date published: 2015-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from poirot lives again It isn't easy taking over for another writer. Especially when that writer is someone who is a famous as Christie and the character is Poirot. Hannah has succeeds. Those who love the Piorot, will love this book. She introduces to a new side kick, who is a great compliment to our favorite detective. Great read, clearly Hannah has channel Christie.
Date published: 2015-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Enough to Want More Ms. Hannah took on an incredible job - taking a much beloved character written by someone else and presenting a new story while staying true to the style and flair of the original. I did find a couple of places where it didn't completely match up, mostly she missed putting in a couple of mannerisms in certain spots. However, by having most of the story told from Catchpool's viewpoint she was able to stay within the tone and style of Christie without changing favorite characters. As far as the plot was concerned, it was all right. i'm an avid reader of mysteries so I spotted the red herrings quickly and figured out half the plot before the first three chapters were done. Figuring out the motive took a bit longer but figuring out who did it and how didn't take me long. There was only one time where I was surprised in the entire novel. Still, I enjoyed it and would definitely buy another one if she were to write another Poirot mystery. In fact, she left me wanting more Poirot but that's normal.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from In the style of Christie 3.5/5 Agatha Christie created some of the most memorable and beloved characters ever to populate a mystery novel - Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. The first Poirot novel was published in 1920 and the last in 1975. Almost forty years later, Sophie Hannah was tapped to write a new novel featuring this iconic detective, with the Christie estate's blessing. ?Sophie Hannah?s idea for a plot line was so compelling and her passion for my grandmother?s work so strong, that we felt that the time was right for a new Christie to be written.? ?Mathew Prichard, grandson of Agatha Christie The Monogram Murders is set early in 1929 London, England. Poirot is taking a wee sojourn at Mrs. Blanche Unsworth's boarding house. He's also become quite enamored of the coffee at Pleasant's Coffee House. One evening, a young woman rushes into the coffee house and declares that "...It's too late. I am already dead, you see, or I shall be soon. I can't hide forever." Well, Poirot's 'little gray cells' cannot ignore this declaration and as he is sitting pondering her words later in Mrs. Unsworth's drawing room, another resident - Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard is also pondering....on the murder of three people at the Bloxam Hotel. Poirot's little gray cells and powers of observation cannot resist the lure of such a case - and he joins Catchpool in his investigation. Hannah has chosen to narrate The Monogram Murders from Catchpool's viewpoint, as he writes down the case. There is of course, going to be much speculation as to the result of bringing a beloved character 'back to life.' I think Hannah did a good job. She doesn't try to completely recreate Christie's style, but instead introduces her own new foil - Catchpool. I'm not completely sold on him though - I found him to be a bit pedestrian, considering he is with Scotland Yard. But, he does provide Poirot with the slate needed to display his powers of deduction. The Monogram Murders is rife with red herrings, misdirection, twists and turns. This is a mystery that demands the reader's full attention. (I missed many a clue and found myself flipping back to reread) Hannah's plot was intricate and involved, but I found myself a bit disappointed with the ending, as there was one last plot point never fully closed. Those looking for a book written as Agatha Christie won't find it in The Monogram Murders. But those looking for a classic mystery written in the style of Christie will enjoy this book. I did
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from In the style of Agatha Christie 3.5/5 Agatha Christie created some of the most memorable and beloved characters ever to populate a mystery novel - Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. The first Poirot novel was published in 1920 and the last in 1975. Almost forty years later, Sophie Hannah was tapped to write a new novel featuring this iconic detective, with the Christie estate's blessing. ?Sophie Hannah?s idea for a plot line was so compelling and her passion for my grandmother?s work so strong, that we felt that the time was right for a new Christie to be written.? ?Mathew Prichard, grandson of Agatha Christie The Monogram Murders is set early in 1929 London, England. Poirot is taking a wee sojourn at Mrs. Blanche Unsworth's boarding house. He's also become quite enamored of the coffee at Pleasant's Coffee House. One evening, a young woman rushes into the coffee house and declares that "...It's too late. I am already dead, you see, or I shall be soon. I can't hide forever." Well, Poirot's 'little gray cells' cannot ignore this declaration and as he is sitting pondering her words later in Mrs. Unsworth's drawing room, another resident - Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard is also pondering....on the murder of three people at the Bloxam Hotel. Poirot's little gray cells and powers of observation cannot resist the lure of such a case - and he joins Catchpool in his investigation. Hannah has chosen to narrate The Monogram Murders from Catchpool's viewpoint, as he writes down the case. There is of course, going to be much speculation as to the result of bringing a beloved character 'back to life.' I think Hannah did a good job. She doesn't try to completely recreate Christie's style, but instead introduces her own new foil - Catchpool. I'm not completely sold on him though - I found him to be a bit pedestrian, considering he is with Scotland Yard. But, he does provide Poirot with the slate needed to display his powers of deduction. The Monogram Murders is rife with red herrings, misdirection, twists and turns. This is a mystery that demands the reader's full attention. (I missed many a clue and found myself flipping back to reread) Hannah's plot was intricate and involved, but I found myself a bit disappointed with the ending, as there was one last plot point never fully closed. Those looking for a book written as Agatha Christie won't find it in The Monogram Murders. But those looking for a classic mystery written in the style of Christie will enjoy this book. I did
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worthy successor to Agatha Christie An enjoyable read that captured the character of Hercule Poirot & the era. Looking forward to future stories.
Date published: 2014-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely I love Agatha Christie and have always enjoyed Poirot and his, to me, funny mannerisms. In reading this book it brought me back to the old stories and I enjoyed it immensely. It wasn't quite as subtle as Agatha was and I figured out quite a few things before the end but I still liked the way the story played out. It had the depth and complexities of the old stories without all the modern trappings that would have tainted it. There was no overt sex and gore, which was a nice change from the way stories are now often portrayed. It leaves more to the imagination, which in my case, is more effective, as the human imagination can often come up with something infinitely more gruesome and disturbing. It isn't Agatha Christie but she did come very close and I was happy with the result.
Date published: 2014-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The monogram murders I like poirot, but this was a little too complicated.
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The monogram murders I like poirot, but this was a little too complicated.
Date published: 2014-09-21

Editorial Reviews

“Sophie Hannah’s The Monogram Murders does Christie proud. Our favorite detective is back and in impeccable form!”