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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company (9 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062362739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062362735
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,046,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 27 countries. In 2013, her novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards. Sophie has also published five collections of poetry. Her fifth, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 T S Eliot Award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK. Sophie lives with her husband and children in Cambridge, where she is a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College. She has recently written a new novel starring Hercule Poirot, approved by the Agatha Christie estate and due to be published in September 2014. This new Poirot novel has already sold to more than 30 countries. Sophie's website is www.sophiehannah.com, and you can follow her on Twitter at @sophiehannahcb1.

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“Hannah gets it right in every particular – her extraordinary feat is to make the reader forget very quickly that the novel is not, in fact, written by Dame Agatha herself.”—The Times

“Poirot purists will be in seventh heaven.”—Daily Telegraph

“Within the first few pages of The Monogram Murders it is obvious that we are in safe hands. Sophie Hannah has written a novel that would have delighted the Queen of Crime.”—The Independent

“A brilliant new murder mystery which picks up where the grande dame of crime left off”—Mail on Sunday

“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.”— Alexander McCall Smith in The New York Times

“Sophie Hannah had large boots to fill… Nevertheless, she manages it with considerable wit, charm and ingenuity.”—Sunday Express

“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 favourite room of a long-lost home.”—Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

“Perfect … a pure treat for Agatha Christie fans.”—Tana French, author of The Secret Place

“Sophie Hannah’s The Monogram Murders does Christie proud. Our favourite detective is back and in impeccable form!”—Charles Todd

“Sophie Hannah is a prodigious talent. I can’t wait to see what she does next.”—Laura Lippman

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About the Author

Sophie Hannah Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of 9 psychological thrillers, which have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Her novel The Carrier won the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards Crime Thriller of the Year. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.
Agatha Christie is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English with another billion in foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels written under the name Mary Westmacott.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on 5 Dec. 2014
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The characters are not so much cardboard cut-outs as names on a piece of paper. Ditto the hotel atmosphere - the Bloxam never becomes a character in the book as did the hotel in the excellent At Bertram's Hotel.

For someone who's supposed to be writing a classic style detective novel set in the 1920s, there are too many contemporary resonances - including names like Fee which Agatha would never have used.

Dull, flat writing, a ridiculous over the top plot that is beyond implausible.

It must be easy for HarperCollins listening to the cash registers sing as they cash in on Christie's name, but it evidently has not occurred to them that they are undermining their reputation as a publisher by releasing such tripe.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mags Nash on 4 Nov. 2014
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One of the worst books I've ever read. I persevered to the end because i don't like to be "beaten" by any book.

I have been a Christie fan for over 40 years and, of course, didn't expect her standards to be met. However, what i wasn't prepared for was a confusing, flimsy and ultimately laughable plotline ... Never again will i buy any "pseuo-Christie" books. Disgraceful waste of paper.
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88 of 97 people found the following review helpful By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Sept. 2014
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A terrified woman bursts into the coffee house where Hercule Poirot is partaking of the best coffee in London. When Poirot tells her he is a detective, she seems tempted to share her worries but in the end tells him only that she is about to be murdered and that, once she is dead, justice will have been done. Pausing only to beg him to prevent the police from investigating, she pleads cryptically 'Oh, please let no one open their mouths' and flees back into the night. Meantime Mr Catchpool of Scotland Yard, who lives in the same lodging house as Poirot, has been called to the Bloxham Hotel where three guests have been found murdered. Poirot (psychically) suspects there may be a link...

In fact, I hadn't ever before realised just how psychic Poirot was. How remiss of Ms Christie never to reveal this fact! All these years she led us to believe he came to his conclusions based on his reading of the clues, his ability to see through the red herrings to the facts, the superior power of his little grey cells. Ms Hannah kindly lets us in on the true secret though. Clues are unnecessary. Poirot just knows what has happened. At each stage, as other people flounder to make sense of the plot (well, I certainly did!), Poirot sees straight through to the truth without the need for any pesky evidence or suchlike nonsense. What a gift! Unfortunately not one that makes a detective novel work very well though...

If this book had been written about a detective called Smith, it might have rated maybe three stars. The plot is convoluted, psychologically unconvincing and over-padded. The list of suspects is far too small, meaning that there are no big surprises come the reveal.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Clive on 14 Oct. 2014
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Everyone else has said it... Not good.

However, I would still have bought it, even if I'd suspected how dull it was... I always hope to be pleased.

I am really surprised that the Christie estate and publishers agreed to this. I bought the Kindle version. Is that Agatha Christie's name I see on the cover here? If so, shame on you publisher.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Sept. 2014
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Agatha Christie has always been my favourite author and I have to admit that I felt trepidation when I heard that there was to be a `new' Poirot novel by another author. I have never read anything by Sophie Hannah but, to be honest, I knew that I would not be able to resist giving this a try, despite my disquiet at having another writer try to recreate Christie's world. Having now read this, I feel that is both a better read than I expected, but it is certainly not a Poirot novel, even though it features his character. Obviously, it is a daunting task to write a book featuring such a beloved detective and it is something which probably should not have been attempted, but Hannah succeeds in some parts and fails in others.

In order to give Poirot a different setting and a new character to tell the story (and in effect replace Hastings) he is supposedly taking a rest. Having bizarrely told everyone he has left London, Poirot decamps to a boarding house literally across the road from where he lives, and where a detective from Scotland Yard is conveniently also living. Edward Catchpool is, like Hastings, rather naïve and needing guidance. This works better with an amateur than an actual detective. Catchpool has a strange aversion to bodies, which is unfortunate, as he has to investigate the murder of three people found poisoned at the Bloxham Hotel.

Meanwhile, Poirot has taken to visiting the Pleasant Coffee House, where his peaceful meal is disrupted by a woman, who rushes in one evening in a distressed state. When Poirot approaches, to see whether he can offer assistance, she says that nothing can be done to help her. Once she is dead, she tells him, justice will be done...
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