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....
©2014 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
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As an Agatha Christie fan I was looking forward to hearing the story that her family thought was worthy to bear her name. I sat down and began listening.
When last we heard about Poirot he had died. The story seems to have taken place after he retires, and works with a new (or at least a character I do not remember) Scotland Yard character. This character seems to be less policeman / detective like than Hastings, weak and ineffective. Poirot is both argumentative and bullying, and is giving orders to the Scotland Yard man - sorry, but he is not the boss of anyone & would not be ordering anyone about - he would be giving direction. Too much of the dialogue is repetitive or just plain lame.The Scotland Yard fellow goes on to have his own adventure - so not really a Poirot mystery.
I'm still listening to this, but am so disappointed that I had to go ahead and write this much of a review.
"Not Agatha Christie"
Where is the sparkling dialogue? Where is the sense of Poirot as a real person? Where is the exquisite language and subtle description that characterizes the best Agatha Christie novels? Not here. Even at 15 minutes in I was annoyed by unPoirotistic remarks made by Poirot, by overly colorful secondary characters, and by the strange narrator, who makes sweeping pronouncements.
I would have put it down after page one.
DO NOT PURCHASE
"Agatha Christie's Poor Imitation"
I am an avid fan of Dame Agatha. She is unique and amazingly astute in her structure and use of words. Sophie Hannah has failed to emulate Christie's work. Using Poirot is not enough. The story went on and on and said in 400 pages what Agatha said better and more clearly in 200. The problem is that Ms Hannah felt the need to go over and over everything. I was bored by the end and very disappointed.
Not from Sophie Hannah but would listen to Julian Rhind-Tutt. Waited so long to get this book i even pre-ordered it. So very disappointing!!!
Written a better mystery. So convoluted and boring talk that I really did not care who got murdered or who the murderer was. If it was in a book form I would have thrown it across the room!!!!
Narrator was fine with what he had to work with.
Disappointment and frustration!
Shorter plot More interesting characters.
An authentic Agatha Christie. No more copy cat writers.
He did have flexibility.
I'm searching for the answer.
I wasted a credit on this purchase. Much better authors out there.
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing Baby"
Hercule is always right...even when others think he is wrong. In the end he is Hercule and you cannot take that away from him.
It had a similar feel to the Death of Roger Akroyd. I was half afraid the author was going to steal that idea...but in the end she made it her own.
I enjoyed the narration. Poirot's voice was good....but if I had left the audio for a moment and came back I could not determine the other characters. I found that Jenny's confession was nondescript.... part way through I forgot that it was a woman who was supposed to be speaking.
Jenny, Nancy and the cop could have all been the same person.
I was a little anxious....Poirot is not a coffee lover, yet he 'treats' himself to two coffees once a week. Also - since when did Poirot admit to making mistakes! Never - to my memory. I felt the writer did not know the character as well as they could have.
I think a story to itself it may have been okay...but the Agatha Christie people could have done better. That is just my humble opinion.
"Just plain bad on so many levels"
A better plot. A better author. A better narrator who could do justice to Poirot's accent. I think I am spoiled by David Suchet.
Many. So many of the scenes, especially the explanation scenes, went on and on and on and on...
My expectations were not high but this book fails on every level. The plot is not clever. The solution to the murders is absolutely absurd. I don't want to spoil the ending for anyone who can actually make it to the end without a rending of garments so I will just say there is no way in the real world this would have worked. The characters are uni-dimensional. Character motivation and actions are not true to life or to the basic laws of human nature. Poirot is reduced to an OCD parody in some sections of the book. And finally the author's writing skills are mediocre at best. There is a lot of "telling instead of showing". There is no subtlety of language.
"Agatha Christie must spin in her grave..."
A different writer, a different story, different characters.... there is nothing which can be improved here.
Most of the time it is a bad idea when greedy inheritors want to prolong the copyright. In this case it is devastating. I don't know why Poirot all of a sudden seems to be clairvoyant. And I especially don't know why this worst of all ever created Scotland Yard detective is behaving like a lunatic who is not at all fit for a police job. Maybe Ms. Hannah should have read the Poirot books more carefully...Poor Agatha Christie is dead and I can only hope that she makes sure that this sorry effort goes not unpunished in another life...
The narrator was okay, but also couldn't make a bad story good.
Anger, disappointment (I didn't think it was that bad) - I will definitely never again buy any books from Ms. Hannah
Complete waste of a credit
"Sophie Hannah is NOT a Agatha Christie"
There are no interesting aspect of this story. The story is boring and nothing like Hercule Poirot stories.
Julian Rhind-Tutt is good narrator but he shouldn't be reading Hercule Poirot mysteries. But I guess it could have been better if the story was anything to work with.
I am sure that Sophie Hannah is good writer, but she missed the real Hercule Poirot personality. The plot of the book is interesting, but is not interpreted in good writing. I don't believe that the writer did her research on Agatha Christie style and most likely didn't even read most of the her books before starting writing this book. I was exited about continuation of Hercule Poirot mysteries, but if they will be written by Sophie Hannah I will not buy them again. I sorry to say, I do not recommend this book.
"IS THIS SOME KIND OF JOKE?!?!"
I can't even believe that ANYONE other than Agatha Christie would try to "write" a Hercule Poirot story! If an ordinary person could duplicate the genius of the most prolific mystery writer of all time, wouldn't we ALL try do it? I've read every Hercule Poirot mystery in print thus far. Some I bought in print version, then turned around and purchased the same titles on audiobook. I've read and listened to each Poirot book at least 5 times. I mourned when Poirot died in "Curtain: Poirot's Last Case" - a true literary masterpiece! So where did this out-of-chronological mess come from with no familiar or recognizable characters?
Let me see if I can tell prospective readers what is wrong with this book. Hmmmm.....how about EVERYTHING! Although Sophie Hannah was given the "blessing" of the Christie estate to complete an unfinished Christie work, it did not "bequeath" to Hannah Ms. Chrisie's awesome talent. The beauty of Hercule Poirot is his supreme confidence without being arrogant, his quiet dignity, and the well-known fastidious in his dress, toilette, and famous mustaches. Here he is depicted as over-bearing, conceited, and OCD. The narrator doesn't even come close to sounding like Poirot. Julian Rhind-Tutt can't seem decide if Poirot is French, Belgian, French-Canadian, Cajun, or black Créole! And who is that awful Scotland Yard person? Where is Captain Hastings? He and Poirot made a great team while this new "partner" is confrontational, disrespectful, and is always bumping heads with the great Poirot. Really, Whatever-Your-Name-Is from Scotland Yard? He's so unlikeable and forgettable that I didn't even bother to catch his name!
There are certain things in life that one doesn't mess with. NO ONE can sing "Respect" like Aretha Franklin, "Jailhouse Rock" like Elvis Presley, "My Way" like Frank Sinatra, dance like Fred Astaire, act like Bette Davis, smolder with sexuality like Elizabeth Taylor, or walk into a movie scene like Denzel Washington. There's no such thing as an "economy-priced" Maserati or a white boy who can rap like Eminem. There will be no more "wonders" like the Sphinx, Taj Mahal, or Grand Canyon. And no writer will ever be another Agatha Christie nor will there ever be a fictional detective to rival Hercule Poirot! Sophie Hannah must not have read "The Memo" about not messing with perfection - the rest of the literary world got it decades ago!!!
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