The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah
Hercule Poirot is back! The Christie estate has allowed well-known mystery author Sophie Hannah to write a new novel featuring the eccentric Belgian detective and his little grey cells. In this outing Poirot is relaxing in England when he is asked to help with an intriguing case by a friend at Scotland Yard.
Three people are murdered in a nice hotel; their bodies are staged similarly and they all died of poisoning. The three murdered guests arrived separately but somehow the cases must be related right? Red herring, after red herring after (assumedly) small details are related and Poirot (naturally) puts it all together at a large gathering of all the suspects in the hotel dining room at the conclusion of the mystery. As with all Poirot books written by Christie the facts are all there, we just don’t see things the way the detective sees them.
The story takes place in 1929, way before Poirot’s demise in the final book Christie wrote in the series. It’s like having a coffee with an old friend. Hannah does a wonderful job bringing Hercule to the page and fans of the books and television series will find an enjoyable mystery here.