The Mystery of Three Quarters (Hardcover)
The New Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
William Morrow, 9780062792341, 368pp.
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
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 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?
About the Author
Sophie Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers, including Woman with a Secret, as well as The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket, the first novels to be authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie. Her books have received numerous awards, including a UK National Book Award, and are published in forty-nine countries. She lives in Cambridge, England.
Praise For The Mystery of Three Quarters: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)…
— Washington Post
“A puzzle worthy of the skills of legendary detective Hercule Poirot.... Hannah once again nails the style and substance of her beloved predecessor, producing another treat for Christie fans.”
— Booklist (starred review)
“Another ingeniously deceptive puzzle…. 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.”
— Publishers Weekly
“[Hannah] supplies boundless ingenuity... adding a divinely inspired denouement.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Hercule Poirot fans, rejoice! The fastidious Belgian detective with the amazing little gray cells and equally amazing moustache is back…. I had forgotten how enjoyable, and intricate, the plotting of a Poirot mystery is…. I loved it!”
— Suspense Magazine
“Sophie Hannah does an egoless, silky job of reviving Agatha Christies beloved Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. . . . Enough so to hope that Hannah turns to Miss Marple next.”
— USA Today on Closed Casket
“A thoroughly enjoyable tale from start to finish. Poirot … is in fine hands with author Sophie Hannah.”
“As tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie.... Poirot is back.”
— Alexander McCall Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
“Classic Christie . . . Captures the essence of the originals without being a slavish imitation . . . Clues emerge, but the case remains perplexing. Christie aficionados will delight in the familiar repartee and the intricate deduction of the solution.”
— Washington Post
“It’s easy to see why the Agatha Christie estate chose Ms. Hannah for the daunting task of chronicling Poirot’s continuing adventures. In her capable hands, Hercule Poirot lives and investigates as creatively and astutely as he ever has.”