Summary (from Goodreads):
“The bestselling novelist of all time.
The world’s most famous detective.
The literary event of the year—an all-new mystery featuring
Agatha Christie’s legendary hero Hercule Poirot.
Since the publication of her first novel in 1920, more than two billion copies of Agatha Christie’s books have been sold around the globe. Now, for the first time ever, the guardians of her legacy have approved a brand new novel featuring Dame Agatha’s most beloved creation, Hercule Poirot.
‘I’m a dead woman, or I shall be soon…’
Hercule Poirot’s quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified – but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done.
Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one’s mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim …”
I absolutely loved the concept (as well as getting to read—sort of—a new Agatha Christie novel). This is an incredibly interesting plot. I definitely want to read more of Sophie Hannah’s books because this one was very fun.
But it didn’t quite read like Agatha Christie (or at least the ones I’ve read). This isn’t a bad thing; the changes were all good ones. (Poirot has acquired a Watson of sorts, and most of the book is told from his first person perspective.) Most of the other aspects of the novel were the same (including the fact that I am apparently never going to be able to guess the killer or reasoning in a Christie [or "Christie"] novel).
My intellectual shortcomings notwithstanding, I think there’s a lot to love here. Recommended.