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First edition.
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New York, NY : William Morrow, 2018.
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344 pages ; 24 cm.
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"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 the London of 1930. "We Agatha Christie fans read her stories--and particularly her Poirot novels--because the mysteries are invariably equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging. Sophie Hannah had a massive challenge in reviving the beloved Poirot, and she met it with heart and no small amount of little grey cells. I was thrilled to see the Belgian detective in such very, very good hands. Reading The Monogram Murders was like returning to a favorite room of a long-lost home."--Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, Hercule Poirot returns home afteran agreeable luncheon to find an angry woman waiting to berate himoutside his front door. Her name is Sylvia Rule, and shedemands to know why Poirot has accused her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy,a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. She is furious to be so accused, and deeply shocked. Poirot is equally shocked, because he too has never heard of any Barnabas Pandy, and he certainlydid not send the letter in question. He cannot convinceSylviaRule of his innocence, however, and she marches awayin a rage. Shaken, Poirot goes inside, only to findthat he has a visitor waiting for him--a man called John McCrodden whoalsoclaims alsoto have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of themurder of Barnabas Pandy... Poirot wonders how many more letters of this sort have been sent in his name. Who sent them, and why?Moreimportantly, 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?"-- Provided by publisher.
"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 the London of 1930"-- Provided by publisher.
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2018019740
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9780062792341 (hardcover)
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198754
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M Han
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Characters
Hercule Poirot (Male), Police detective, Belgian, Invited to Lady Playford's house
Edward Catchpool (Male), Detective inspector, Invited to Lady Playford's house
Genre
Fiction
Mystery
Suspense
Topics
Search for truth
Murder investigations
Addiction
Detectives
British culture
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Hercule Poirot isn't surprised when he's recognized on the street in front of Whitehaven Mansions, but he is taken aback by the venom and anger directed at him by a woman named Sylvia Rule. She has a letter written by Poirot saying she murdered Barnabus Pandy, someone she has not even met, and she demands that he recuse this slander. Then three more people accuse him of the same thing. Poirot asks his friend Inspector Catchpool to determine the forger, why these four strangers are accused of the same murder, and whether Pandy's death was murder or tragic accident. Resurrecting a character as famous and beloved as Poirot is not for the faint-of-heart writer, and Hannah's third installment in her reboot (after The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket) is her best yet. It rings true to -Agatha Christie's original writing, capturing the character of Poirot. VERDICT Enthusiastically recommended for fans of Hannah's other Poirot novels and detective fiction and Christie's original works. [See Prepub Alert, 2/19/18.]-Jennifer Funk, McKendree Univ. Lib., Lebanon, IL © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Bestseller Hannah's third Hercule Poirot pastiche (after 2016's Closed Casket) offers Agatha Christie fans another ingeniously deceptive puzzle. The premise is especially clever-someone, posing as Poirot, has sent letters to four people accusing each of them of having murdered Barnabas Pandy. Pandy, a 94-year-old, was found drowned in his bathtub in Combingham Hall three months earlier-a death that was universally accepted as a tragic accident. Two of the recipients of the letters confront Poirot angrily, professing to have no idea who Pandy was, but the third, Annabel Treadway, distraught at the accusation, discloses that Pandy was her grandfather and insists that no one in the household could possibly have killed him. Aided again by Insp. Edward Catchpool, an enigmatic Scotland Yarder, Poirot uses his "little gray cells" to ascertain who has been impersonating him, whether Pandy was in fact the victim of foul play, and if so, whodunit. 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. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Booklist Review

*Starred Review* It's a puzzle worthy of the skills of legendary detective Hercule Poirot: four persons receive letters accusing them of the murder of one Barnabas Pandy, letters ostensibly sent by Poirot himself. Two of the recipients, who have never heard of Pandy, are furious: Sylvia Rule believes her daughter's fiancé, a man she hates, to be behind this scheme, while John McCrodden suspects his disapproving solicitor father. The other two Annabel Treadway, Pandy's granddaughter, who lives in his house, and Hugh Dockerill, housemaster at Pandy's great-grandson's school regret what they know to be an error, for the 94-year-old Pandy accidentally drowned in his bath three months earlier. Recruiting Scotland Yard detective Edward Catchpool for assistance, Poirot starts with just one clue, a flaw in the letter e on the typewriter used by the accuser. Then the intuitive sleuthing begins, as Poirot looks for connections between Pandy and the four recipients, and among the recipients themselves, scheduling his customary reveal with all parties present before he cracks the case, to put pressure on himself, with a slice of an ingeniously constructed cake at the center. In her third Poirot mystery, Hannah, authorized to continue the series by Agatha Christie's estate, once again nails the style and substance of her beloved predecessor, producing another treat for Christie fans.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Hercule Poirot gets pulled into a mystery in the most awkward possible way when someone signing himself Hercule Poirot writes four letters accusing four different people of the same murder.Not only did she not kill Barnabas Pandy, a furious Sylvia Rule assures the famous detective; she's never even heard of him. Neither has John McCrodden, who assumes that his father, Rowland, whose fierce advocacy of the death penalty has won him the sobriquet "Rowland Rope," conspired with Poirot to accuse his long-estranged son of murdering Pandy. Annabel Treadway has certainly heard of Pandyhe was her grandfather, after allbut she tearfully claims that she didn't kill him either, though at least she's willing to listen to Poirot's own protestations of innocence. So is ebullient Turville School housemaster Hugo Dockerill, who passes the accusation off as a joke despite his own connection to Pandy, whose great-grandson, Timothy, Annabel's nephew, is a pupil of his. With all due respect to the obvious questions he shares with his "friend and occasional helper," Scotland Yard Inspector Edward Catchpoolwhich, if any, of these suspects actually killed Pandy? Why would anyone trouble to drown a 94-year-old slate magnate, no matter how wealthy has was, in his bathtub? Who wrote the letters?Poirot is fascinated by a more puzzling question: Why would anyone want to write those four letters in the first place? A series of variously edgy conversations, a proffer of alibis, and another sudden death will intervene before Poirot, skillfully exploiting his trademark fondness for neat patterns, is able to make good on his uncharacteristically rash promise to reveal all in a roundup of the unusual suspects only a week later.As in her two earlier Agatha Christie pastiches (Closed Casket, 2016, etc.), Hannah is content to supply boundless ingenuity in place of more 1930s detail, this time adding a divinely inspired denouement that seems to go on for longer than the week that leads up to it. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
<p>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 the London of 1930.</p> <p>"We Agatha Christie fans read her stories--and particularly her Poirot novels--because the mysteries are invariably equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging. Sophie Hannah had a massive challenge in reviving the beloved Poirot, and she met it with heart and no small amount of little grey cells. I was thrilled to see the Belgian detective in such very, very good hands. Reading The Monogram Murders was like returning to a favorite room of a long-lost home."<br> <br> -- Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl</p> <p>Hercule Poirot returns home after an agreeable luncheon to find an angry woman waiting to berate him outside his front door. Her name is Sylvia Rule, and she demands to know why Poirot has accused her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. She is furious to be so accused, and deeply shocked. Poirot is equally shocked, because he too has never heard of any Barnabas Pandy, and he certainly did not send the letter in question. He cannot convince Sylvia Rule of his innocence, however, and she marches away in a rage.</p> <p>Shaken, Poirot goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him -- a man called John McCrodden who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy... </p> <p>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?</p> <p> </p>
Table of Contents
Part IThe First Quarter
1Poirot Is Accusedp. 3
2Intolerable Provocationp. 11
3The Third Personp. 19
4The Odd One Out?p. 28
5A Letter with a Hole in Itp. 44
6Rowland Ropep. 51
7An Old Enemyp. 59
8Poirot Issues Some Instructionsp. 67
9Four Alibisp. 71
Part IIThe Second Quarter
10Some Important Questionsp. 89
11Emerald Greenp. 97
12Many Ruined Alibisp. 105
13The Hooksp. 116
14At Combirigham Hallp. 123
15The Scene of the Possible Crimep. 133
16The Opportunity Manp. 141
17Poirot's Trickp. 153
18Mrs. Dockerill's Discoveryp. 167
19Four More Lettersp. 174
Part IIIThe Third Quarter
20The Letters Arrivep. 183
21The Day of the Typewritersp. 192
22The Solitary Yellow Square of Cakep. 195
23Meaning Harmp. 200
24Ancient Enmitiesp. 212
25Poirot Returns to Combingham Hallp. 219
26The Typewriter Experimentp. 234
27The Bracelet and the Fanp. 239
28An Unconvincing Confessionp. 246
29An Unexpected Eelp. 251
30The Mystery of Three Quartersp. 256
Part IVThe Fourth Quarter
31A Note for Mr. Porrottp. 273
32Where Is Kingsbury?p. 280
33The Marks on the Towelp. 287
34Rebecca Gracep. 297
35Family Loyaltyp. 306
36The True Culpritp. 318
37The Willp. 329
38Rowland Without a Ropep. 337
39A New Typewriterp. 342
Acknowledgmentsp. 345
Books by Agatha Christiep. 347
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