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Review ❤️ The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah

September 3, 2018

the mystery of three quarters sophie hannah

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.

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… 

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?

Release Date: Aug 28, 2018
Series: Hercule Poirot Mysteries
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: William Morrow
Price: $14.99


Three people confront Hercules Poirot about a letter accusing them of murdering Barnabas Pandy. Out of the three, only a young woman named Annabel Treadway believes Poirot when he says he didn’t send the letters and doesn’t know Mr. Pandy. Miss Treadway tells Poirot that Pandy is her grandfather and he did recently die, but it was of natural causes. However, Poirot is now intrigued by the situation and with the help of his friend Inspector Edward Catchpool, he decides to dig further into Pandy’s death and the true author of the accusing letters.

I am a big fan of Agatha Christie and her Poirot series has always been my favorite. I was thrilled when Sophie Hannah began writing new mysteries featuring the great Belgian detective and really enjoyed the first two of her Poirot novels. The Mystery of Three Quarters is good, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the prior two books. This is mainly because of the supporting characters in the book. The actions of a few of the suspects, such as the absent-minded Hugo and the self-critical Annabel, become repetitive and tedious after a few chapters.

There is much to like about the book, though. Obviously taking over an Agatha Christie character sets a high bar, but Sophie Hannah does an excellent job of capturing the essence of Hercules Poirot. His actions are consistent with Christie’s portrayal of the detective and his new friend Edward Catchpool nicely fills the shoes of Poirot’s original sidekick Captain Hastings.

The plot of the book is interesting and I was curious to find out what the true story behind the letters and the death of Barnabas Pandy. I enjoyed the expected scene at the end with Poirot gathering all of the suspects so he can unveil all of the deductions he made from the information he and Catchpool gathered. The solution to the crime is complex, but explained thoroughly in the final scenes. I liked the book, and hope Hannah continues to write new adventures for Poirot and Catchpool.

~ Christine

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