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The Mystery of Three Quarters: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) Kindle Edition
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From the Back Cover
Returning home one day, Hercule Poirot finds a furious 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 Pandy, and he has certainly accused nobody of his murder. Shaken, he goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him—a man who claims to have received a nearly identical letter from Poirot that morning. . . .
Poirot wonders how many more letters of this sort have been sent in his name. Who sent them, and why? It is precisely because he is the great Hercule Poirot that he would never knowingly accuse an innocent person of a crime. Someone is trying to make mischief and wants Poirot involved. More important, who is Barnabas Pandy? Is he even dead, and if so, was he murdered? Can Poirot find the missing link and discover the truth without putting more lives in danger?
With the help of his little gray cells and the assistance of Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard, Poirot must solve an elaborate puzzle involving a tangled web of relationships, scandalous secrets, and past misdeeds. Twisty, compulsive, and slyly brilliant, once again Sophie Hannah expertly revitalizes the most precise and charming detective of all time.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
“Another ingeniously deceptive puzzle…. The gratifying reveal is a neat variation on one of Christie’s own solutions and demonstrates Hannah’s facility at combining her own plotting gifts with another author’s creation.” (Publishers Weekly)
“[Hannah] supplies boundless ingenuity... adding a divinely inspired denouement.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“It’s safe to say Agatha Christie fans will rejoice that Poirot has returned, keener than ever to solve the case.” (San Francisco Book Review)
“It’s easy to see why the Agatha Christie estate chose Ms. Hannah for the daunting task of chronicling Poirot’s continuing adventures. In her capable hands, Hercule Poirot lives and investigates as creatively and astutely as he ever has.” (CriminalElement.com)
“A puzzle worthy of the skills of legendary detective Hercule Poirot.... Hannah once again nails the style and substance of her beloved predecessor, producing another treat for Christie fans.” (Booklist (starred review))
“The plot of this mystery is worthy of Agatha Christie’s fame. It is compelling and uses Hercule Poirot’s talents well to solve this most vexing of cases.” (Bookloons.com)
“Hercule Poirot fans, rejoice! The fastidious Belgian detective with the amazing little gray cells and equally amazing moustache is back…. I had forgotten how enjoyable, and intricate, the plotting of a Poirot mystery is…. I loved it!” (Suspense Magazine)
“Sophie Hannah does an egoless, silky job of reviving Agatha Christies beloved Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. . . . Enough so to hope that Hannah turns to Miss Marple next.” (USA Today on Closed Casket)
“A thoroughly enjoyable tale from start to finish. Poirot … is in fine hands with author Sophie Hannah.” (RedCarpetCrash.com) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication date : August 28, 2018
- File size : 1450 KB
- Print length : 401 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Publisher : William Morrow; Reprint edition (August 28, 2018)
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0008264481
- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B0756DWP21
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,312 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book is the opposite of that. It's rambling and plodding, and its eventual solution is unnecessarily complicated and fundamentally disappointing. The bulk of the book is a tedious slog through interviews that don't go anywhere, failed attempts to liven up flat characters, and unrewarding scenes that don't advance the plot. The suspects have little personality and are unmemorable. Poirot and Catchpool are the usual two-dimensional caricatures, with the latter even more idiotic than usual (being delighted with himself, for example, in referring to a dog's handiwork as its 'paws-iwork').
When Poirot finally gathers the suspect in the drawing room to reveal the solution, it takes 58 pages to get through it. It's not Poirot's long-windness that pads it out; rather, it's the need to explain the convoluted series of events a decade before the start of the plot that are involved in its unraveling. Once everyone's secret pasts have been revealed, the solution to the mystery is uninteresting and unrewarding.
This setup is the same as in Hannah's previous two books, and it wasn't very good then. Improbable relations among characters that were only vaguely hinted at in the story? Check. A past incident more than a decade old that was never revealed but secretly drives the plot? Check. A key plot point being a conversation that was overheard but misinterpreted? Check. There's little point to reading this book if you read either of the last two books; they're pretty much the same. If you haven't read them, try a better author instead.
On the plus side, the premise is interesting - somebody has written letters accusing various people and signed Poirot's name. Poirot is appalled when he is suddenly confronted by the irate recipients. Of course he will not rest until he finds out who has committed this fraud, and perhaps discover which, if any, of the accusations are true. The author has done an excellent job of capturing Poirot's speech and mannerisms as well as the 1930's setting. Now if she would just work on the plot....
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The plot is very contrived and hinges on the sight of a dog's wet legs, which stretches ones credibility to breaking point.
An odd thing is that Poirot is an advocate of the death penalty in this book. Odd because the last civil execution in Belgium was in 1863 and Poirot would have grown up in a country that did not use execution as a punishment. I think he left before WWI, when military executions took place.
Overall not the book I hoped for (but much better than the Poirot in the BBC's awful 2018 adaptation of the 'ABC Murders').
While it got me turning page after page, as an act of dogged persistence long after it had ceased to be a pleasure, to find the solution to the crime I can't say that the story, the characters or the setting ever gripped me. There are many reworkings of Christie characters (and Christie herself) at the moment, and I would say that this is one of the better ones, but it feels dated (as it should perhaps?) and complex to the point of seeming muddled.
I love Sophie Hannah’s Poirot novels and this is my favourite so far. As a long time Agatha Christie fan, I find Poirot authentic and she is always respectful of Agatha. However, Sophie has introduced in her books some great, new characters, Edward Catchpool and my personal favourite Fee Spring, and it’s wonderful to see these characters evolve. Highly recommend.