• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (September 6, 2016)
"What I intend to say to you will come as a shock..."
With these words, Lady Athelinda Playford -- one of the world's most beloved children's authors -- springs a surprise on the lawyer entrusted with her will. As guests arrive for a party at her Irish mansion, Lady Playford has decided to cut off her two children without a penny . . . and leave her vast fortune to someone else: an invalid who has only weeks to live.
Among Lady Playford's visitors are two strangers: the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard. Neither knows why he has been invited -- until Poirot begins to wonder if Lady Playford expects a murder. But why does she seem so determined to provoke a killer? And why -- when the crime is committed despite Poirot's best efforts to stop it -- does the identity of the victim make no sense at all?
I don't know why. She writes my favorite genre, mystery. So I can make no comparisons between Sophie and Agatha's writing.
What I can say is that I enjoyed this mystery. It felt like it was written in an earlier time period, So if that means Sophie is channeling her inner Agatha, well then, yes, she is.
I loved the characters, especially Poirot, who reminded me a bit of Sherlock Holmes.
I found the book to be very engaging and well written. I definitely want to read the Monogram Murders and then perhaps finally read Agatha's books.
Rating: 5 flowers
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.
Learn more about Agatha Christie through her official website.
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About Sophie Hannah
Sophie Hannah is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers, which have been published in 27 countries and adapted for television, as well as The Monogram Murders, the first Hercule Poirot novel authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie.
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