Harper Collins [Published 23.08.18]
This is the third novel from Sophie Hannah featuring Agatha Christie’s famous detective Hercule Poirot. It is the first one I have read by the author and I am pleased to report it does recall those classic Agatha Christie mysteries.
‘The Mystery Of The Three Quarters’ is set in 1930’s London, when returning home after lunch one day, Hercule Poirot finds an angry woman waiting outside his front door. She demands to know why Poirot has sent her a letter accusing her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. Poirot has also never heard of a Barnabas Pandy, and has accused nobody of murder. He goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him who also claims to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy.
From this start a plat unfolds where four letters were received seemingly from Poirot and each person was accused of the murder of Barnabas Pandy. Poirot is soon on the case and the book features plenty of skeletons coming out of the closet of various family members and those acquainted with Barnabas Pandy. In true Christie style Poirot gathers all those involved together in a room to unveil the murderer.
Sophie Hannah certainly keeps within the style of an Agatha Christie book and these novels have the approval of the Agatha Christie estate.
It is good to see Hercule Poirot on new adventures. Recommended for Poirot fans (although some fans of Agatha Christie will doubtless not be overly keen to read it) and those who like a classic murder mystery read.