The Monogram Murders – A Review

Since the publication of her first novel in 1920, more than two billion copies of Agatha Christie’s books have been sold around the globe. 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. – NEW YORK TIMES

The blurb:

Hercule Poirot is seated alone in a London cafe when he’s approached by a mysterious woman who claims that her life is in danger. Fearing she will die, she tells Poirot not to seek the killer, for justice will have been carried out by her death. Later that same evening, Poirot meets with his friend and associate Inspector Catchpool of Scotland Yard and lemonogram1arns that three murders were committed at the Bloxham Hotel, each victim found with a monogrammed cuff-link in his or her mouth. Sensing a connection, Poirot is determined to track down the mysterious woman and bring about a solution to the mysterious deaths before the killer has a chance to strike again…

From the blurb itself, the book sounds compelling read, but once I started reading, I found my mind diverting away a lot of times. Honestly for me, the book started very poorly, Well…Poirot seemed out of character to say the least. There were of course obligatory references to Poirot’s “little grey cells”, his mustache and desire for neatness and symmetry in his surroundings, but aside from these attributes, the detective herein could have been anyone.

The mystery was very brilliantly unfolded. It offers a compelling mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. But remember, this is not Agatha Christie’s book, this book is written by Sophie Hannah, so don’t expect it to turn out to be another Agatha Christie novel.

Did I like the book?

No, I didn’t. But it’s Not too bad at all!

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