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The Monogram Murders Audiobook

The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

The new Hercule Poirot novel - another brilliant murder mystery that can only be solved by the eponymous Belgian detective and his ‘little grey cells'.

The best-selling novelist of all time.

The world's most famous detective.

The literary event of the year.

Since the publication of her first book in 1920, Agatha Christie wrote 33 novels, two plays, and more than 50 short stories featuring Hercule Poirot. Now, for the first time ever, the guardians of her legacy have approved a brand-new novel featuring Dame Agatha's most beloved creation.

Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffee house is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified, but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done.

Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one's mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim.…

In the hands of internationally best-selling author Sophie Hannah, Poirot plunges into a mystery set in 1920s London - a diabolically clever puzzle that can only be solved by the talented Belgian detective and his ‘little grey cells'.

©2014 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"Sophie's idea for a plot line was so compelling and her passion for my grandmother's work so strong, that we felt that the time was right for a new Christie to be written." (Mathew Prichard, Chairman of Agatha Christie Limited and grandson of Agatha Christie)

"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 gray 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)

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    Jenny Woodlands, Australia 10-13-14
    Jenny Woodlands, Australia 10-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Channelling Agatha"
    What made the experience of listening to The Monogram Murders the most enjoyable?

    The story. I think that Ms Hannah has captured the essence of Agatha Christie's story telling style. There is a lot of reliance on dialogue to move the plot along, always interspersed with Poirot's egomanic claims that HIS little grey cells are superior to his offsider's!

    The only 2 comments that I make about the book, is the setting is not a classical Christie setting - elite hotel, aristocratic home or simple English country village. (Indeed the village in this story bears more relation to Midwich that St Mary Mead!) The other comment is that the writing is a bit more detailed than I am used to with Agatha Christie, making the story a bit too long.

    However, neither of these was a significant barrier to my enjoyment of the book. I congratulate Sophie Hannah on an excellent replication of a Hercule Poirot tale, and await her foray into Miss Marple's world.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not on the edge of my seat, any more than one of Agatha Christie's stories did. What it did do well was to get me to exercise my little grey cells. I thoroughly enjoyed the many and varied red herrings as they trailed across the story.


    Have you listened to any of Julian Rhind-Tutt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard Julian Rhind-Tutt previously, and I thought that his personification of Poirot was especially good. I liked his voice and the pace at which he read.

    One problem that I did have was that he varied the volume of his voice rather too much, and that even with earphones that sit inside my ear, there were times when I had to turn the volume of my iPod very high (if I had time) and then, when using hie regular voice, it was much too loud.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction - a quiet delight that there is someone who can write a good copy of Agatha Christie's style.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a Christie afficionado - read it. If you have never read Christie - read it, but then read some Christie afterwards

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LILLIBET 12-21-14
    LILLIBET 12-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "THE MONOTOMOUS MURDERS"
    Would you try another book from Sophie Hannah and/or Julian Rhind-Tutt?

    Judging by thus book, I doubt it.


    Has The Monogram Murders turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It will be a long time, before I try a pseudo Agatha Christie again.
    Can't beat the real thing.




    What didn’t you like about Julian Rhind-Tutt’s performance?

    His performance was okay. The book was too long.


    What character would you cut from The Monogram Murders?

    All of them;


    Any additional comments?

    Was bored to tears. Book was tooooooo long, did not hold my attention. Was longwinded.
    Was a waste of money. Fell asleep twice. Was surprised it was still going, when I woke up.
    Terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • linda
    1/7/15
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    "Disappointed"

    The only connection to Agatha Christie in this book is the name Poirot together with references to his well known personal habits. The rest is a long drawn out improbable murder plot which was endured and not enjoyed.
    Can't imagine how the Christie Estate went along with it.
    Linda Abbiss

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • alan
    4/30/15
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    "Reveal as long as the tale"

    what started as a good mystery ended in an endless reveal, and very unlikely set of deaths.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kenn Harrower
    12/24/14
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    "Appalling"
    What would have made The Monogram Murders better?

    Perhaps if the reader was not treated as a complete imbecile.


    Has The Monogram Murders put you off other books in this genre?

    I will not purchase any further books by this author.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Julian Rhind-Tutt?

    The narrator was great.


    What character would you cut from The Monogram Murders?

    In this book both Hercule Poirot & Catchpole


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing novel

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hazel
    Busserolles, France
    10/19/14
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    "Oh My Goodness"

    A long winded, rather boring story, that goes on and on and on...conversation between Poirot and his side kick being the most of it...far too much detail, and too many obvious clues, Also too many red herrings.. not at all like Agatha Christie.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stafford Steve
    Heart of England
    11/23/15
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    "Great disappointment"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who hasn't read the originals.


    Has The Monogram Murders put you off other books in this genre?

    No, but would hesitate to read this writer's other books.


    Which character – as performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt – was your favourite?

    None - all dreary


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Monogram Murders?

    last third - rewrite the massive exposition as to what had happened


    Any additional comments?

    Not since I finished Anthony Horowitz's novel Moriaty have I felt so disappointed with an anticipated good read. But Horowitz’s novel was at least great fun until the author seemed to loose interest and resolve the plot with a sudden last minute, rushed exposition. This Poirot novel takes its final third of an overlong homage to set up both the solution and the many incorrect alternatives. Hastings, dull but endearing, is replaced by a banal and charmless Catchpool who recounts the story for much of the time, though without Dr Watson’s humanity or everyman intelligence. The village where the saga effectively starts has none of the interest of St Mary Mead, and the London hotel has none of the fascination of Bertram’s. If I hadn’t purchased this I would probably have abandoned this by half way, but determined to get my money’s worth with the vain hope that there might be a wonderful resolution I ploughed on. Convinced I must have missed a major aspect I even went back over the last third, to no avail. This is over-long, over-written (I now know that this phrase means), and far too convoluted. Poirot is a caricature with the worst aspects of his original character brought to the fore and played for all they are worth, yet with strangely anomalous aspects (he travels by London bus, writes with a finger in the mud, enjoys café coffee). The main theme seems to be that in a hotel not everything is what it seems, and those who are not chronic liars are merely pathetically naïve. This is hardly new, and was dealt with by Agatha Christie herself long ago in her exploration of the Great Train robbery. Read Miss Marple’s musings on the hotel as a simulacrum for a far more sophisticated discussion of authenticity and evil. Give this a miss, or return to your favourite original Christie novel.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • N. Smith
    Cambridge UK
    6/5/16
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    "Okay but overlong"

    Hannah makes Poirot even more meticulous and irritating than Christie. She elongates what would have been a fabulous 14 chapters of tight story into 25 of repetitive ruminations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/20/16
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    "far too long and complicated"

    Struggled to finished. There is only one Agatha Christie! Too many unnecessary plots. Very disappointing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Janine
    aspley guise, beds, United Kingdom
    1/25/16
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    "Agatha Christie"

    You do not find the spirit of Poirot at all you keep the refeal far too long and make the plots completely unbelievable. Shame on you. No more

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • livingAbroad
    3/15/15
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    "Immense Disappointment"
    Would you try another book written by Sophie Hannah or narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt?

    I wouldn't dare waste my time reading any other Hercule Poirot mystery written by Sohpie Hannah. Despite the fact that I am a HUGE Hercule Poirot fan, and I have expected a new mystery for a very long time, I was badly disappointed, and felt that I had wasted time on listening to it, let alone reading it!!! I didn't mind the narration that much. Not perfect, but not too bad either.


    What will your next listen be?

    I am currently listening to The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Written by: Arthur Conan Doyle
    Narrated by: Simon Vance).


    What didn’t you like about Julian Rhind-Tutt’s performance?

    I felt that Julian Rhind-Tutt doesn't like Messier Poirot very much, because he makes him sound too stuck up, full of himself and arrogant.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The fact that I heard a very new Hercule Poirot mystery, after such a long time - as I have read all of them and listened to them more times than I can remember - was in a way the only redeeming quality of this book. Other than that, it was very bad.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was very bad, the characters were wrong, everything was totally off. I must add that the story the plot and the characters would be bad, even if it wasn't a Hercule Poirot mystery. It would be a waste of time in any case. The fact that I also anticipated to meet my favourite detective again in a new story, just added to the disappointment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Surbiton, United Kingdom
    2/14/15
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    "Very disappointing."
    Would you try another book written by Sophie Hannah or narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt?

    No, I would not read any of Sophie Hannah's other work if this work was anything to go by. It was like a really bad first draft that should have been pulled to pieces and reworked, but even then the eventual denouement was so unlikely and ridiculous I can't see how it could have been improved to a level that would be comparable to a real Poirot mystery.


    What could Sophie Hannah have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think it is very ambitious and perhaps misguided of Sophie Hannah to try to walk in the shoes of Agatha Christie. I felt that this book was an inadequate interpretation.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think the narrator had a hard job to do with this material, but then few narrators of Christie's Poirot books do it better than Hugh Fraser who is very talented.


    Any additional comments?

    I would advise discerning Poirot fans to give this book a miss.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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