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The Mystery of Three Quarters

by Sophie Hannah

Books of the Month - <b>September</b> Crime / Mystery Historical Fiction Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Mystery of Three Quarters

Cloaking herself in Christie’s Poirot mantle for the third time, bestselling crime writer Sophie Hannah here presents Hercule Poirot with something of a peculiarly personal puzzle. Our loveable hero is left feeling somewhat perplexed when an agitated middle-aged woman - “a whirlwind most fierce” – demands to know why he sent her a letter accusing her of killing a certain Barnabas Pandy. And then a second person presents themselves, demanding to know the very same thing. Mon dieu! Poirot has no idea who Pandy is, or why someone is sending these letters in his name, and so a thrillingly unpredictable mystery unfolds. The writing is elegant, suffused with the spirit of, and reverence for, Poirot’s creator, and this makes for an entertainingly satisfying experience.

Joanne Owen

The Mystery of Three Quarters Synopsis

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 1930's London. Returning home after lunch one day, Hercule Poirot finds an angry woman waiting outside his front door. She demands to know why Poirot has sent her a letter accusing her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. Poirot has also never heard of a Barnabas Pandy, and has accused nobody of murder. Shaken, he goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him - a man 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?

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The Mystery of Three Quarters Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

An entertaining, and sometimes humorous, light page turner. Great for a Summer holiday. Not as good as Christie but still enjoyable. Full review

Rachael Anderson

A comfortable and nostalgic crime novel to savour and enjoy. Full review

Maxine Broadbent

A fun, clever homage to one of our greatest fictional detectives, and of course to his creator. I'm already looking forward to the next Poirot novel from Sophie Hannah! Full review

Vicki Wardman

The Mystery of Three Quarters Press Reviews

`What Sophie and Agatha have in common is a rare talent for fiendish unpredictability. They make you see how the impossible might be possible after all.'


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ISBN: 9780008264451
Publication date: 23/08/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008264451
Publication date: 23rd August 2018
Author: Sophie Hannah
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, Historical Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is a best-selling, award-winning poet. Her latest collection, First of the Last Chances, was chosen for the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation promotion in June 2004. She regularly performs her poetry to live audiences nationwide and abroad, and recently won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her psychological suspense story The Octopus Nest.  Sophie lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and two children. Click here to read an interview with Sophie Hannah about her new Poirot novel The Monogram Murders.  Click here to read an interview with Sophie ...

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