Poirot: Christie and Hannah

The Mysterious Affair At Styles: (Illustrated) by [Christie, Agatha]

$1.99 today.  Many of you have probably already read this book but, if you have not, here is your chance.   A summary from my local library:

“Who doesn’t love a good mystery novel? Curl up with The mysterious affair at Styles, a tale from the pen of Agatha Christie, a writer who is regarded by critics and fans alike as one of the masters of the form. This classic manor-house mystery introduces Christie’s much beloved character, the detective Hercule Poirot.”

Once you’ve read this first Poirot, you may just want to keep going.  There are approximately 36 more.  You will enjoy them all.

More recently, Sophie Hannah, was asked by the Christie estate to write additional novels in the series.  She has written three books so far.

The Mystery of Three Quarters: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) by [Hannah, Sophie]On the first in the series: “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

The Mystery of Three Quarters, pictured above,  is the latest release.  The book is a fun cozy/traditional mystery.  Clearly Hannah has read her Christie because her portrait of Poirot with his personality and idiosyncrasies, as well as his genius, comes through.  There are death, multiple suspects, country house and school settings.  Find out why church window cake can be important in a novel. Find out how the characters connect.  Watch {oirot’s “little grey cells” do their job.  All in all, a fun mystery to read.

Some praise:

“A puzzle worthy of the skills of legendary detective Hercule Poirot…. Hannah once again nails the style and substance of her beloved predecessor, producing another treat for Christie fans.” (Booklist (starred review))

“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)

“[Hannah] supplies boundless ingenuity… adding a divinely inspired denouement.” (Kirkus Reviews)


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