The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah & Agatha Christie

The Monogram Murders

By Sophie Hannah & Agatha Christie

  • Release Date: 2014-09-09
  • Genre: British Detectives
Score: 3.5
3.5
From 94 Ratings
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Description

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.

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 the first time. Authorized by Christie's family, and featuring the most iconic detective of all time, this instant Christie classic is sure to be celebrated by mystery lovers the world over.

Reviews

  • Ok Read!

    3
    By Crittersmith
    Author Sophie Hannah has taken over the reigns of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot detective series. I think she has the essence of this detective down pat. However, I found the story a little jarring. The characters retelling and retelling a version a story was a bit monotonous. This may be a spoiler Alert! The premise of unrequited love and death to rectify a major misdeed was rehashed to the point I did not really care about the reason or the dead characters. Another thing that was a little off putting was Monsieur Poirot's cat and mouse game with his Scotland yard detective friend Catchpool. Then there was Mr Catchpool, how did this neurotic person ever became a detective with Scotland Yard? He has issues with dead bodies, he not very observant, he needs Poirot to explain thing in detail. It was just an ok read for me.
  • Disappointing

    1
    By Mister PB
    The plotting is enjoyable enough, for a mystery, although perhaps a bit too Byzantine. The dialogue and characterization so, however, struck me as amateurish and trying too hard. The use of the first person seemed to me ill-advised, particularly as the narrator is ridiculously neurotic and repetitive. I missed the ease of Christie's style.
  • Extremely boring!

    1
    By MarianelaPR
    If you're hoping for an interesting new mystery involving Hercule Poirot, you'll be extremely disappointed. This novel should not be associated with Agatha Christie or her famous Belgian detective. It works for falling asleep though, bores you to death! Not worth buying.
  • Time waster

    1
    By FaFaBriFi
    The plot was simply boring and unbelievable. The writing was nothing like "the original". The solution of the mystery simply takes forever to be explained and even when it does it sounds to far fetched.
  • Not for me

    4
    By Royjoyboy
    I really should NEVER read a Hercule Poirot novel no matter how beautifully it's written, as this one is. I'm way too impatient to yawn my way through countless repeats of the same information and dealing time after time with the same characters as interesting as they might be, in every possible configuration. But that's Poirot. Nice to visit but I wouldn't like to stay very long. A lovely piece of work. But not for me.
  • Great Poirot novel but it's not by Agatha Christie

    4
    By lmsampson78
    I bought this thinking that it was a Poirot novel that must have missed. It was a great story but something in the writing of Poirot's companion kept throwing me off as different. I know it was not Hastings but it was a little odd. When I got to the end of the novel and the "about the author" section I was surprised to see that it was by someone else, which explained the slight style difference. I'm not sure that I would have bought this book had I known it wasn't written by Agatha Christie but I did enjoy it.
  • Terrible

    1
    By Cgnuimhf
    I thought this book would never end. To try and fill Agatha Christie's shoes is very hard, and this author has not done her even the slightest justice.....I can't even say the attempt was admirable.
  • The Monogram Murders

    3
    By Spoofington
    An interesting attempt to mimic an Agatha Christie mystery. However, the real Poirot would never have led us ( the readers ) down endless paths as this author did. About half way through the story, I became weary of all the if's, and's and but's the author put us through. I am a huge Agatha Christie fan. I probably expected too much from this author.
  • The Monogram Murders

    1
    By Fmt1663
    I fail to understand how this author could even think of attempting to fill in the shoes of a genius. What a miserable piece of work - first time I have thrown away a book half way through. Cufflinks in the mouth!! WOW
  • Loved it!

    5
    By Jersey FarmGirl
    I think this story was well written with the usual challenges to the little grey cells.

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