Saturday, September 27, 2014

Book Review: The Monogram Murders

The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

It is no mystery that Agatha Christie died nearly 40 years ago.  It is also no mystery that she and the characters in her mysteries remain among the most popular in literature and on television.  Perhaps best known among these is Hercule Poirot.  The famous Belgian detective appeared in 33 novels, one play (Black Coffee), and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975.  Many of the Poirot mysteries have been made into movies and television shows, the most recent being on PBS featuring David Suchet.  Now in the pages of The Monogram Murders, Sophie Hannah has brought Ms. Christie's most famous detective back to life.

This fine addition to the Poirot cannon was authorized by the Christie family and contains all the twists and turns one would expect from a Christie mystery.  The author wastes little, if any, space on unnecessary background, scenery, or history.  Nearly every line drives the plot, reveals a clue, or undoes the readers' previous suspicion.  As in any good mystery, the brilliant and accurately revived Hercule Poirot reveals the solution in the final pages.

Christie fans will enjoy a new adventure with this popular sleuth and a new generation of mystery readers may discover a new (old) favorite.

Submitted by Jim Ritter, Library Clerk