The Mystery of Three Quarters - Sophie Hannah

August 16, 2018

5 / 5 Stars


A dream for an Agatha Christie fan...


I am a total Agatha Christie geek and I loved this book. It was so true to Agatha's style.


I was sceptical about another author writing as Agatha and I didn't particularly warm to Inspector Edmund Catchpole in The Monogram Murders, which was the first of Hannah’s Agatha Christie books. This, however exceeded all my expectations and I can't wait until the next one.


The story starts with four letters being sent to four strangers, accusing them of the murder of Barnabus Pandy. All the letters are signed by Hercule Poirot and he has no knowledge of this until he is contacted one by one by the letter's recipients. After deliberation he asks Catchpole to help him solve The Mystery of the Three Quarters.


There is great character development and as with Dame Agatha some quite loathsome characters, some of which get their just desserts. It is always entertaining and very clever.


The story revolves closely around the family of Baranabus Pandy and his Granddaughters Leonore and Annabelle and there is family history that is unresolved and that is simmering under the surface that Poirot cannot wait to discover. I do not want to give too much away but the ending is in true Poirot style which I loved.


I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I am so looking forward until 2020 when the next one is due to come out.

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