Do you not just love it so freaking much when someone gets you a book for Christmas (originally typed Christmad lol belter) and just hits the nail on the head so damn hard? Like hello person you obviously know me so well big love to you. Well that happened to me this Crimbo. Well played little sister, well played.
I love a good gritty murder story but I most importantly appreciate a clever murder. Like I’m not supporting those guys in what they do, murder is so obviously bad but if the planning is good then bam I’m sucked in before you say Jack. Sorry I apologise for that phrase, I don’t even know what that is.
I’m a huge lover of Midsomer Murders, Lewis, Agatha Christie’s Marple, Criminal Minds, NCIS, CSI, Pretty Little Liars and of course, Agatha Christie’s Poirot. I used to spend days just watching ITV3 for reruns of Midsomer Murders, Lewis, Marple and Poirot. I just couldn’t get enough of it. I’ve also read a few of Christie’s novels as well so I was literally weeing myself with excitement when I unwrapped this little gem.
So what is it? The Monogam Murders is a new story starring Hercule Poirot, Christie’s beloved Belgian detective written by an accomplished author named Sophie Hannah. I’d never really hard of her before (just whispers of what she’d written previously) and hadn’t read anything of her so I was a little unsure what to expect. Would it be good? Would it suck me in? Would it be the same old Poirot?
Boy was I pleased. This is one of the smartest and pleasing books I’ve read in a good few months so hala to Sophie Hannah. I won’t spoilt the plot for anyone but I’ll try and give a sassy lil review which will make you wanna read it.
The book is set in London and is told by an acquaintance of Hercule Poirot who works for Scotland Yard (nice little police connection just like Christie’s Poirot and Inspector Japp). It’s set in a hotel called The Bloxham Hotel and basically a “locked room” case of murders occurs. So oooooh mystery and suspense from the start,
You meet several interesting, mysterious and suspicious characters right from the beginning whose stories begin to interweave and as Poirot begins to investigate the murders, conflicting statements and clues begin to surface.
So you are sitting there like OH MY GOD WHAT IS GOING ON WHO DID IT PLEASE TELL ME!!
But each page you turn just adds a greater level of mystery and confusion (on my part). I would describe the plot as slow-burning: slowly gathering pace and unravelling each clue in scientific manner. One thing I really liked about it was the theatrical ending: just like old Poirot. Poirot gathered all the characters involved in and reveals how and why the murder happened in a story-telling type of way, So that was fabulous for me because I was so complexed by the murder, I really appreciated a good old summing up at the end.
It really is a fabulous book and as the NY Times contributor Alexander McCall Smith states “Poirot is still Poirot. Poirot is back.”
Original Post Date: January 2016