New Poirot popping up

If you read my last post, you’ll know that I apparently needed a lot of Agatha Christie-esque stories in my life right now. But this one is not only Poirot instead of Marple, but it’s also not actually written by Christie! This book has actually been published in the past few years, with an author called Sophie Hannah writing in Christie’s style. Of course this sort of writing comes with risks, but I think Hannah did really well and captured the writing style as much as possible.

I don’t want to say much about the plot itself, as obviously this book is a mystery and I don’t want to spoil it. But I will say that this concept is really cool and something that I enjoyed with it darting around to different locations and having everything all wrapping up together at the end.

I actually read the whole book in one sitting, which doesn’t happen very often anymore as it was engrossing and I just needed to know the ending! This is the first book in a series of new Poirot (and there are at least 3 out so far) so keep an eye out for these guys!!

The Mystery of Three Quarters, an homage to classic mystery

I adore classic mystery stories. I’ve loved the original Sherlock books for as long as I can remember, as well as Agatha Christie’s writing, so when I spotted this little gem on NetGalley I just had to request it and luckily my request was granted!

This is the third book in this new installment by Sophie Hannah in the Hercule Poirot series and follows Poirot investigating an apparent murder where a forger has pretended to be him and has accused individuals of the crime via letters. This, of course, intrigues him and he begins to delve deeper into the mystery that has been laid out.

The writing style is done very well, and really gives you the feel of a classic Christie book. There are obviously imperfections in the writing, however, it is a well written piece and incredibly enjoyable. I found myself speeding through the book, and it was finished in no time at all. Always a sign of a good book for me. I definitely want to go back to the first two books Sophie Hannah released and delve into those too, as I can only imagine how much I’ll enjoy them. If you enjoy a traditional mystery then definitely pick this up. Great fun, enjoyable plot twists and all-in-all something that fits in well alongside Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle.