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The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

eBook - 2016
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Lady Athelinda Playford announces her decision to cut her children out of her will and leave her fortune to an invalid with just weeks to live, a declaration Hercule Poirot senses was made to provoke a murder.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062458841
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Christie, Agatha 1890-1976
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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Apr 29, 2020

I highly recommend listening to this book as the reader brings the sound of David Suchet's Poirot to life. Complicated mystery with the usual multiple suspects of Agatha Christie. Try the series if you love Poirot!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

sapl3 Apr 09, 2020


Who wouldn’t be excited to read a new Hercule Poirot mystery? Well, don’t hold your breath with this one. I’m still trying to decide if it was written as a joke as it was so appallingly awful. It read like an old English farce (a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable)*, and a bad one at that. Even the names of some of the characters are reminiscent of this art form, e.g.: “Lady Playford”, “Catchpool”, “Shrimp Seddon”.

It all begins with Poirot’s invitation to the Irish estate of Lady Athelinda Playford, the famous children’s author. Along with Poirot, Lady Playford has invited Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard. Neither of these men knows why they have been invited and Lady Playford is not at all forthcoming in explaining her reasons to either of them. Yes, a murder does take place but it is so preposterous as to be almost laughable. The plot is convoluted (Lady Playford, herself, uses this term to describe the plots of her children’s novels!), confusing, and at times makes no sense at all and the characters have no reasonable motivation for what they do or say in many instances.

Poirot is held in such high esteem in Agatha Christie’s novels. Here – not at all.

In fact, his reputation as a brilliant detective isn’t even acknowledged, nor is he even given a chance to show what he can do. But then, the occasional “mon ami”, and a reference to “grey cells” do NOT a Poirot make!

Give this one a miss. Otherwise it’s a couple of hours that you’ll never get back!

May 21, 2019

Tedious to the point of feeling never-ending. A small story extended over 300 pages of protracted twaddle on the part of a cast of characters devoid of wit and charm. Not worth the time to read or listen IMO. Author even manages to make Poirot a bore! Christie accomplished in half the pages what this author failed to do in 300.

Nov 11, 2018

A breath of fresh air.

I found this a delightful discovery. No, it's not Christie, but the author has been authorized by the Christie estate to write more Poirot novels. That, in itself, should say something.
The many twists and turns in this story made for enjoyable reading.

It's so easy to criticize something new. These folks have a right to their opinion (as long as they actually read the book). Stop looking for another Agatha and just be open to another chapter of the old style British mysteries.

Oct 23, 2017

i know nothing about "sophie hannah"...i predict?...garbage...

as the great rex stout said of posthumous imitators..."im not sure if i should call them vampires or cannibals..."

Jan 04, 2017

I thought the book was deadly slow. I love a good cozy and Agatha Christie was the best, but this new version lacks a crisp narrative. I, also felt that to call it a Hercule Poirot novel was extremely misleading. Poirot had such a minor role in the book that it felt like "bait and switch". I was so hopeful that Hannah's books would be Christie-like, but other than the setting, I didn't see much similarity. Pretty disappointed.

Dec 19, 2016

(The second book in the Hercule Poirot Mystery series) audiobook available thru mnlink

Dec 13, 2016

horribly slow, kept fast forwarding desperate to see something moving, but one long monologue after another describing boring dinners and ... This writer hasn't heard of 'pacing' it seems.

Nov 14, 2016

sad to say i found this book long winded and boring. don't get me wrong i love Agatha Christie and other (esp. english murder mysteries) but..this one did not hold my attention it needed editing it seemed to go on and i skipped to the end and it was too simplistic. i think now that dear Agatha is in her grave we should just let her be and just enjoy the books she has written.

Oct 19, 2016

Catchpool returns with more confidence than in Monogram Murders to narrate what happens when Lady Playford, the children's author, calls him and Poirot to her country manor because she expects an event from her announcement about her changing her will. Poirot matches wits with his witnesses and hangs his case on all the elements and an impeccable observation of character, filled with satire.

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