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The Mystery of Three Quarters: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery Paperback – Large Print, 28 August 2018
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The world's most beloved detective, Hercule Poirot--the legendary star of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express and most recently The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket--returns in a stylish, diabolically clever mystery set in the London of 1930.
"We Agatha Christie fans read her stories--and particularly her Poirot novels--because the mysteries are invariably equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging. Sophie Hannah had a massive challenge in reviving the beloved Poirot, and she met it with heart and no small amount of little grey cells. I was thrilled to see the Belgian detective in such very, very good hands. Reading The Monogram Murders was like returning to a favorite room of a long-lost home."
-- Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
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?
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"The plot of this mystery is worthy of Agatha Christie's fame. It is compelling and uses Hercule Poirot's talents well to solve this most vexing of cases."--Bookloons.com
"[Hannah] supplies boundless ingenuity... adding a divinely inspired denouement."--Kirkus Reviews
"Another ingeniously deceptive puzzle.... The gratifying reveal is a neat variation on one of Christie's own solutions and demonstrates Hannah's facility at combining her own plotting gifts with another author's creation."--Publishers Weekly
"It's safe to say Agatha Christie fans will rejoice that Poirot has returned, keener than ever to solve the case."--San Francisco Book Review
"Sophie Hannah's third "New Hercule Poirot Mystery" proves to be most satisfying...faithful to its model in the essentials but flexible enough to allow for an animated plot and protagonist."--Washington Post
"Hercule Poirot fans, rejoice! The fastidious Belgian detective with the amazing little gray cells and equally amazing moustache is back.... I had forgotten how enjoyable, and intricate, the plotting of a Poirot mystery is.... I loved it!"--Suspense Magazine
"It's easy to see why the Agatha Christie estate chose Ms. Hannah for the daunting task of chronicling Poirot's continuing adventures. In her capable hands, Hercule Poirot lives and investigates as creatively and astutely as he ever has."--CriminalElement.com
"Sophie Hannah does an egoless, silky job of reviving Agatha Christies beloved Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. . . . Enough so to hope that Hannah turns to Miss Marple next."--USA Today on Closed Casket
"A thoroughly enjoyable tale from start to finish. Poirot ... is in fine hands with author Sophie Hannah."--RedCarpetCrash.com
From the Back Cover
"How dare you? How dare you send me such a letter?"
Returning home one day, Hercule Poirot finds a furious woman demanding to know why Poirot has accused her of murdering a man she has never met. Poirot has certainly accused nobody of murder. Shaken, he goes inside, only to find a man who claims he received a nearly identical letter from Poirot that morning...
Poirot wonders how many more letters have been sent in his name. Who sent them, and why? Can Poirot find the missing link and dis-cover the truth without putting more lives in danger? Twisty, compulsive, and slyly brilliant, once again Sophie Hannah expertly revitalizes the most precise and charming detective of all time.
- Publisher : HarperLuxe; Large type / Large print edition (28 August 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006285920X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062859204
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.44 x 22.86 cm
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The plot is very contrived and hinges on the sight of a dog's wet legs, which stretches ones credibility to breaking point.
An odd thing is that Poirot is an advocate of the death penalty in this book. Odd because the last civil execution in Belgium was in 1863 and Poirot would have grown up in a country that did not use execution as a punishment. I think he left before WWI, when military executions took place.
Overall not the book I hoped for (but much better than the Poirot in the BBC's awful 2018 adaptation of the 'ABC Murders').
While it got me turning page after page, as an act of dogged persistence long after it had ceased to be a pleasure, to find the solution to the crime I can't say that the story, the characters or the setting ever gripped me. There are many reworkings of Christie characters (and Christie herself) at the moment, and I would say that this is one of the better ones, but it feels dated (as it should perhaps?) and complex to the point of seeming muddled.