Internationally best-selling author Sophie Hannah and the world's favorite detective, Hercule Poirot, return in this follow-up to The Monogram Murders, the national best seller hailed by The Washington Post as "literary magic".
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Sophie is not Agatha. Approximately the last third of this book is devoted to the denouement , where Poirot describes every attendee's motive and opportunity for the murder in minute detail.It becomes tedious in the extreme and the murderer becomes fairly obvious early on. I have almost finished it, and I am sending it back. But I will definitely look for more works by the narrator.
Keeping in mind that my exposure to Hercule Poirot has been primarily through PBS dramatizations, I enjoyed this rendering. It seemed fairly consistent in terms of environment, tension and complexity, but Poirot's final explication of who did what leading up to "whodunnit " was a bit drawn out.
I've read nearly all of her novels so far--a good and proper addiction!
When she turns her attention to Poirot, a wonderful thing happens, as Hannah applies her unique talent for plot, character and surprise to his new cases: the Poirot we know shows heart to match his prodigious brain, and grapples with motives, crimes and suspects just a shade more strange than he ever has before.
The performance by Julian Rhind-Tutt is flawless. As with many superior actors, he registers, and then disappears into Poirot, Edward, an Irish Lady, her caustic daughter, and the Garda, among many other characters. I have seen him perform many times, he's always wonderful, and his work here is no exception.
If you're a Sophie fan, you won't be disappointed. Her unique take on character is here. For Dame Agatha fans, this book, as well as its predecessor, will be a joy!
Great narration. Compelling characters and story line. Very much in the Christie tradition. Ms Sophia's dialogue captured Hercule to a Tee.
My one regret is my inability to adequately express how much I loved this book. It was well written with a very insightful plot. The narration was perfect. I am at a loss for words!
The story makes no sense at all. Even the initial set up is mental. But the reading - ah! Perfection. He nails it. If anyone else had read it I'd have given it two stars.
I picked up this book because of all the hype and I was intrigued of the plot and twists. Was expecting a bit more action and maybe less characters but just because of the narration I kept on listening. The book itself an enjoyable cozy mystery.
This story was much 'tighter' and focused than 'The Monogram Murders' which tended to wander a little. I like Rhind-Tutt's narration style though he occasionally goes too Soto voce for my taste. Looking forward to the next 'new' Poirot mystery.
The language style is well matched and narrator did an excellent job with it. Very similar to David Suchet.
The mystery was entertaining and full of suspects. The characters are eccentric as they should be.
A very close facsimile of Agatha Christie. Author captured Poirot rather well. Satisfying read and worth a listen.
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