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?
About the Author
SOPHIE HANNAH is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers, which have been published in 51 countries and adapted for television, as well as The Monogram Murders, the first Hercule Poirot novel authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie, and the follow up The Closed Casket. Sophie is also the author of a self-help book, How to Hold a Grudge, and hosts the podcast of the same name. She lives in Cambridge, UK.
Table of Contents
Part I The First Quarter
1 Poirot Is Accused 3
2 Intolerable Provocation 11
3 The Third Person 19
4 The Odd One Out? 28
5 A Letter with a Hole in It 44
6 Rowland Rope 51
7 An Old Enemy 59
8 Poirot Issues Some Instructions 67
9 Four Alibis 71
Part II The Second Quarter
10 Some Important Questions 89
11 Emerald Green 97
12 Many Ruined Alibis 105
13 The Hooks 116
14 At Combirigham Hall 123
15 The Scene of the Possible Crime 133
16 The Opportunity Man 141
17 Poirot's Trick 153
18 Mrs. Dockerill's Discovery 167
19 Four More Letters 174
Part III The Third Quarter
20 The Letters Arrive 183
21 The Day of the Typewriters 192
22 The Solitary Yellow Square of Cake 195
23 Meaning Harm 200
24 Ancient Enmities 212
25 Poirot Returns to Combingham Hall 219
26 The Typewriter Experiment 234
27 The Bracelet and the Fan 239
28 An Unconvincing Confession 246
29 An Unexpected Eel 251
30 The Mystery of Three Quarters 256
Part IV The Fourth Quarter
31 A Note for Mr. Porrott 273
32 Where Is Kingsbury? 280
33 The Marks on the Towel 287
34 Rebecca Grace 297
35 Family Loyalty 306
36 The True Culprit 318
37 The Will 329
38 Rowland Without a Rope 337
39 A New Typewriter 342
Books by Agatha Christie 347
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The latest Hercule Poirot mystery is The Mystery of Three Quarters. Sophie Hannah is now penning this iconic series, with the blessing and permission of Agatha Christie's estate. And this reader thinks she does a good job of it, London, England 1930. After a pleasant lunch out, Hercule returns home to find not one, but two angry people. They're angry about the letter Poirot has sent them, accusing them of the murder of Barnabas Pandy. Neither of the visitors knows Pandy. The trouble is - either does Poirot. And he most certainly did not send any letters. Those familiar with Poirot will recognize his habits, mannerisms, speech, deduction process (beware the typewriter with the faulty 'e') and more. What missing for me is Captain Hastings. He has been replaced with Scotland Yard detective Edward Catchpool, whom we met in previous Sophie Hannah Poirot books. I've been on the fence about him. He serves as the obligatory sidekick and foil for Poirot, but has a lesser role in this book than the previous. Who I am quite taken with is Fee, the waitress at Poirot's favorite bakery. I hope this character continues to grow in future books. I really enjoy the 'old style' of solving mysteries - the deductions, reasoning, following the clues, interviews and that seemingly innocuous clue tucked into a paragraph along the way. Christie - and Hannah - force the reader to pay attention. And I always enjoy that final 'reveal', uncovering the whodunit and how Poirot got there. Those looking for a book written as Agatha Christie won't find it in Closed Casket. But those looking for a classic mystery written in the style of Christie will enjoy this book. I did.
An Enjoyable Read. I was a First Read Winner of this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I grew up reading Agatha Christie books and Sophie Hannah did a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of her books. I liked the characters and the storyline and it had me guessing until the end. Very entertaining read and I for one will be looking up other books by this talented Author.
Not agatha christie,!
Enough is enough! Agatha has to be rolling in her grave after this one. Stop publishing these weak attempts to copy the master.
Nothing outstanding. Easy read.