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Summary

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 1930s London.

Returning home after lunch one day, Hercule Poirot finds an angry woman waiting outside his front door. She demands to know why Poirot has sent her a letter accusing her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met.

Poirot has also never heard of a Barnabas Pandy and has accused nobody of murder. Shaken, he goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him - a man 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?

©2018 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"What Sophie and Agatha have in common is a rare talent for fiendish unpredictability. They make you see how the impossible might be possible after all." (Sunday Telegraph)

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As good as Christie herself

It’s amazing how Sophie Hannah captures Poirot so perfectly. Had I not read all of Agatha Christie’s books so thoroughly, I could easily be deceived into believing this book is from the pen of the great lady herself. As a life long Christie fan it really is wonderful to have Poirot brought to life again in this series of books. They are narrated flawlessly and I can’t wait for the next book.

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Really Hard Work

This story and the others by Sophie Hannah that I've heard are a really poor substitute for the original Agatha Christie novels; this story is so long-winded and dull.

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It is an amazing tribute to the great lady

I was miserable when I had read everything that Agatha Christie had written because I would miss one of the great pleasures of my life- reading her works. I was sceptical about this endeavour, someone else writing about Poirot and I was wrong. I'm off to read anything else Sophie Hannah has written. I simply loved it.

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Odd plot

Very padded, an odd plot - not up to originals, not as well crafted or ingenious. Would have been better as a short story rather than a full length book - even then the plot would have needed sharpening up a bit.
Only saving grace is the reader, who battles on trying to make it interesting and entertaining.

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Only a personal opinion

I love Agatha Christie and I find this reworking/continuation ponderous and deeply flawed. Narration is super, showing Julian etc's talent, but I was bored, confusd & ultimately disinterested. They're so many new, brilliant authors out there & so many brilliant adaptations of the real Christie, honestly why bother rebooting unnecessarily.

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Outstanding performance!

The performance is absolutely amazing! Brilliant, 10 out of 10! Made the book so lively :)

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Wonderful!

A brilliant Poirot mystery with all the twists and turns you’d expect. Gripping and very enjoyable.

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Another masterpiece

Full of the detail, twists and turns of the classical Agatha Christie style. Excellently narrated. Combine to hold you from beginning to end.

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The best so far

I liked this “new” Poirot more than its predecessors. The plot is unlikely but engaging, with twists and turns and a cast of characters with decided personalities.
I am glad Poirot has a more intelligent “Watson” in this resurrection- Hastings always annoyed me !
Poirot didn’t translate well to the post-War world, so it’s good that Hannah’s novels are situated in a less bureaucratic era, which removes some of the improbability; it’s easier to suspend disbelief for events before our lifetimes.

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  • Barbara
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  • 08-09-18

spot on

im an avid christie fan and i cant tell the difference. started with dumb witness 40 years ago and this one is up there with her best