The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery [NOOK Book]

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"Equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging. Reading The Monogram Murders was like returning to a favorite room of a long-lost home" -Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

"Perfect... a pure treat." -Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Place

"As tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie. The Monogram Murders has a life and ...

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Overview

"Equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging. Reading The Monogram Murders was like returning to a favorite room of a long-lost home" -Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

"Perfect... a pure treat." -Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Place

"As tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie. The Monogram Murders has a life and freshness of its own. Poirot is still Poirot. Poirot is back." -The New York Times Book Review

"Christie herself, some might say, could do no better . . . . Enough twists, turns, revelations and suspects to cook up a most satisfying red-herring stew. Literary magic." -The Washington Post


"Terrific . . . . uncanny. As Hercule Poirot himself would say, 'Bravo, Madame Hannah. Bravo.' " -The Boston Globe

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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...

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When Agatha Christie (1890-1976) published her first Hercule Poirot novel in 1920, she could have not imagined that her mystery series sales would eventually top two billion copies. (Only The Bible and Shakespeare outsell her.) And when she ended the Belgian detective's run in 1975, enthusiasts despaired that the series would never be revived. But now the unbelievable has occurred: After almost forty years, the Christie estate has finally authorized a revival of this classic and they selected respected mystery author Sophie Hannah (The Orphan Choir; Kind of Cruel) to create a Poirot whodunit worthy of its origins. By every evidence, this suspenseful fiction remains true to the letter and spirit of Ms. Christie. Editor's recommendation.

Library Journal
★ 09/01/2014
Hercule Poirot requires a rest for his "little grey cells" and anonymously rents a comfortable room not too far from his well-known address. The Belgian detective settles into his vacance with a new Thursday night routine—a light meal and two cups of Pleasant's Coffee House superb namesake. On one such evening, Poirot's rituals are disturbed by a terrified young woman entering the café as if all of hell is behind her. Thus begins a search for a macabre triple murderer who lines up the dead and places monogrammed cuff links between their lips. Edward Catchpool, Poirot's fellow boarder as well as a Scotland Yard policeman, begrudgingly allows the detective to lead the case. VERDICT Almost 40 years after Agatha Christie's final Hercule Poirot mystery, Hannah (The Orphan Choir), with the authorization of the Christie estate, has re-created the sleuth's voice and character as true to the original as anyone could. The egotistical little Belgian, interested in his "order and methods" and employing the "little grey cells" is back. Edward Catchpool is no replacement for the well-intended and captivating Capt. Arthur Hastings, yet fans of all formats of Agatha Christie and Poirot (the BBC TV series as well as original books, plays, etc) will delight in this new foray into the Christie canon. [See Prepub Alert, 3/3/14; see also Hannah's essay on p. 78.]—Jennifer Funk, McKendree Univ. Lib., Lebanon, IL
The New York Times Book Review - Alexander McCall Smith
Does Sophie Hannah's Poirot live up to our expectations? Yes, he does, and markedly so…The Monogram Murders is both faithful to the character and an entirely worthy addition to the canon…The plot is as tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie. Nothing is obvious or predictable in this very difficult Sudoku of a novel. The Monogram Murders has a life and freshness of its own. Poirot is still Poirot. Poirot is back.
Tana French
“Perfect...a pure treat.”
Gillian Flynn
“Equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging…I was thrilled to see Poirot in such very, very good hands. Reading The Monogram Murders was like returning to a favorite room of a long-lost home.”
Charles Todd
“Sophie Hannah’s The Monogram Murders does Christie proud. Our favorite detective is back and in impeccable form!”
Laura Lippman
“Sophie Hannah is a prodigious talent. I can’t wait to see what she does next.”
Mathew Prichard
“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.”
Alexander McCall Smith
“Does Sophie Hannah’s Poirot live up to our expectations? Yes, he does, and markedly so.... As tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie. The Monogram Murders has a life and freshness of its own. Poirot is still Poirot. Poirot is back.”
USA Today
“Sophie Hannah does an egoless, silky job of reviving Agatha Christie’s beloved Belgian detective Hercule Poirot...enough so to hope that Hannah turns to Miss Marple next.”
Washington Post
“Christie herself, some might say, could do no better.... Enough twists, turns, revelations and suspects to cook up a most satisfying red-herring stew. Literary magic.”
NPR
“Sharply written and rigorously plotted, this Poirot mystery rivals many of Christie’s own.”
Boston Globe
“Terrific.... uncanny. As Hercule Poirot himself would say, ‘Bravo, Madame Hannah. Bravo.’ ”
Library Journal
04/01/2014
Because only Shakespeare and the Bible outsell Agatha Christie, internationally best-selling author Hannah must have been thrilled when the Christie estate authorized her writing a new Christie mystery—the first time it has ever done so. Hannah here resurrects beloved Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, though plot details have not been officially released. Note that Morrow is reissuing Christie's After the Funeral with a new foreword by Hannah explaining why it's her favorite Poirot mystery; look for distribution on World Book Night, April 23.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-09-09
Hercule Poirot, last spotted in Charles Osborne's novelization Black Coffee (1998), returns from retirement to investigate a triple poisoning in 1929 London. It doesn't take long for Poirot to realize why the woman he encounters in Pleasant's Coffee House is all in a dither. She's afraid that she's about to be killed, and she can't bring herself to run from her killer, since death is no more than she deserves. She flees before he can pin her down to specifics, but he soon links her to three deaths at the nearby Bloxham Hotel. Each of the guests—retired lawyer Richard Negus, his former fiancee, Ida Gransbury, and their old friend Harriet Sippel—arrived separately the day before; each was poisoned with cyanide, then neatly laid out on the floor; and each is found with a monogrammed cufflink in his or her mouth shortly after someone turns in a note to the Bloxham's front desk with their three room numbers and the epitaph, "MAY THEY NEVER REST IN PEACE." Clearly this triple homicide has roots too deep for Poirot's temporary housemate, Detective Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard, to fathom. So Poirot attaches himself to the case, uncovering evidence about the victims' shared past in a village scandal 16 years ago, alternately lecturing and hectoring Catchpool, and sounding very little like Agatha Christie's legendary sleuth except for the obligatory French tags. Hannah, a specialist in psychological suspense (The Orphan Choir, 2014, etc.), would seem an odd choice for the job of resurrecting Poirot. The main strengths she brings to her task are a formidable ingenuity and a boundless appetite for reviewing the same evidence over and over again. The herrings-within-herrings denouement, which goes on for 100 pages, hovers between tour de force and unintentional farce. Despite the names and dates, this authorized sequel will remind you less of Christie, whose strengths are very different from Hannah's, than of the dozens of other pastiches of golden age detective fiction among which it takes its place.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062297235
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/9/2014
  • Series: Hercule Poirot Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 3,350
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Sophie Hannah

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.


Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976. Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of nine psychological thrillers, which have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

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  • Posted September 13, 2014

    I had read every Agatha novel when I was in high school, and now

    I had read every Agatha novel when I was in high school, and now, as a recently retired English teacher, have reread about 40 this past year. I eagerly awaited the arrival of this novel and had the local library purchase it for me and other Christie fans. I was honestly dissatisfied with it. It lacked all the descriptive charm of a Christie setting. Sadly, it seems as if the novelist created a pontificating Poirot ad nauseum. Way too many French phrases and way too many over-the-top, grandstanding explanations. I guess what I really wanted was a Poirot novel the way Christie would have written it and him. This is too overboard and I became overly bored in the process of reading.

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2014

    Not the Poirot I know and love!

    Like many others, I eagerly anticipated this novel, but what a disappointment! The name "Poirot" is the only trait this character shares with Christie's beloved Belgian sleuth. Other than being a bit pompous and lapsing into French at times, he lacks all of the lovable and clever characteristics that make Poirot unique. On top of this, we are deprived of Captain Hastings and Miss Lemon, who are nowhere to be found!
    The writing style fails to evoke the early 20th century. The plot is contrived and plodding. The whole mess is a chore to read, yet I slogged through to the end, hoping against hope that things would improve, but quel dommage, they did not.
    I have no idea why the Christie estate sanctioned this author to carry on the Christie tradition, since Ms. Hannah proves herself incapable of doing so. This tome is a disgrace to the memory of Dame Agatha and Poirot.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    Nicely Done Homage to Poirot

    Although loyal sticklers will nay say this well thought out mystery, I think it is an enthusiastic attempt to breath life back into one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time. Many who have read and reread Dame Agatha's masterworks and felt that there could be a way of expanding the mythos of Poirot but also knew in their que incredable...this cannot happen!
    Yet before ye condemn, please read this book. Yes, it could not be good enough to pass as a Christie, but it is an entertaining mystery and the little Belgian is the master of the little grey cells. As one who was disappointed with Curtain, actually written by Dame Agatha as not being true to the character, and too flawed, this version has none, and doesn't add anything new to Poirot.
    It's biggest flaw, in not stirring the depths, is it's greatest asset. There is nothing of controversy, no new insights, yet if it had, I doubt it would have been as enjoyable. I am reminded of Thrones and Denominations, a book I can scarcely remember which thoroughly dulled the rapier wit of Lord Peter and gave Harriet his good lady wife a lobotomy.
    So I say, as in the case of Sherlock and Lovecraft, bring on the Christie characters we know and love. The mythos should continue to inspire and be inspiring. Nothing done well will ever tarnish the luster of the original.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2014

    Total waste of money and reading time.  This book should not hav

    Total waste of money and reading time.  This book should not have Agatha
     Christie’s name on it.  One of her characters, Hercule Poirot, is poorly
     represented in this book, but this is by no means an Agatha Christie book.
    The characters in this book are unlikeable and unrealistic.  The storyline is boring
     and the ending is just an unbearable repetitive twist on an already never ending
     murder mystery reveal.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014

    This was an ego trip for the writer and certainly not

    A continuing of the classic writer. Who in the world had the nerve to pick her. For those who have read the new rex stout and sayers and even spensers plus the roosevelt series not to mention dozens of sherlock holmes this is a disaster did not seem to have read any christie lately i have every christie h c and s c also sayer alingham marsh lathem and would not give it shelf space again read the four sawyers or the stout

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2014

    I loved the book as I could not put it done. I too have read Ag

    I loved the book as I could not put it done. I too have read Agatha Christie since I was in 8th grade. Her books are exceptionally written.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

    Very disappointing. Read all Agatha Christies works and really

    Very disappointing. Read all Agatha Christies works and really wanted to enjoy this book. I made myself finish it but it felt more like a chore than a pleasure.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2014

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    I have read every Agatha Christie novel and I know that this was

    I have read every Agatha Christie novel and I know that this was not Agatha Christie but I feel that it was as close to the real thing as it could be. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

    Do not recommend

    doesn't even come close to Agatha Christie's style.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2014

    Very disappointing. Agatha would not approve.

    Very disappointing. Agatha would not approve.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2014

    Poor Agatha

    This was fairly well-written, but a hot mess in terms of plot and character development (or rather uner-developmnent). Ms. Hannah just tried way too hard, attempting to cram in so many Agatha-worthy twists and turns that were either forced, unrealistic or simply didn't work that the whole thing began to bore the hell out of me. I even began skipping ahead - something i've never done with the real Agatha Christie!! This soooo needed an editor and if it had one it should hsve had two. Very disappointing and it shouldn't have been. Wish I could get my money back.

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

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    recommend this if you like Agatha Christie

    What can one say about Agatha Christie's books! Sophia is wonderful in bring back The Monogram MURGERS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    Not so good

    Definitely not Agatha Christie's talent. Hard going for a true Christie fan. More like Dorothy Sayers.

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  • Posted October 7, 2014

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    3.5/5 Agatha Christie created some of the most memorable and bel

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    There have been successful continuation of a series

    But this is a flop. even after a long time writing a series burn out seems like a ghost writer has been substituted. This is about the sloppiest careless continuation did not seem to have read any of the novels and i ordered the hard cover which was back ordered at book store to see it already marked down to 19.50 at wal mart read at library first or confirm with sample page counter

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    Posted October 2, 2014

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  • Posted September 24, 2014

    This book by Hannah is a continuation of the Hercule Poirot myst

    This book by Hannah is a continuation of the Hercule Poirot mystery series and is an excellent addition to that series as far as I am concerned. It was just like the original series by Agathe Christie. It was wonderful to read about Poirot again.

    J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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