It’s finally the end of January, can you believe it? Have you read any good books this month? I managed to read 6 (although I’m about to finish my 7th!), so this month has been pretty good for me! You can read all about what I read this month in my blog post here.
Today I’m reviewing an older book but the most recent in the Hercule Poirot series by Sophie Hannah, The Mystery of Three Quarters.
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.
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?
Another Poirot mystery, my aren’t we spoiled! I love mysteries, and this does not disappoint. It probably doesn’t help that I read this book with the voice of David Suchet in my head (spent years watching Poirot with my family growing up). A fabulous mystery and one not so easy to guess.
Star Rating – 3.5 Stars
I’ve read 2 out of the 3 (soon to be 4) Sophie Hannah’s Poirot books. My review for The Closed Casket can be found here if you wanna check that out. I have to admit though, I’ve never read an Agatha Christie (she is on my list though!) but I have watched a load of the David Suchet Poirot on TV to get a rough idea about our little Belgian.
It’s another one of those mysteries where you won’t really guess the ending, and I love stories like that. You’re given the cast, various characters and what their motives may be and then suddenly, Poirot has the answer and your left thinking, how does it do that? It’s very much an Agatha Christie-esque novel.
As always, the covers for this series are fabulous! And I can’t wait to see what other mysteries Sophie writes for Poirot, due out this year I believe!
As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and what you thought of it. And if you haven’t, will you be adding it to your TBR pile?