The Mystery of Three Quarters

The Mystery of Three Quarters

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"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 SylviaRule 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 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?"--
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062792341
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Han
Additional Contributors: Christie, Agatha 1890-1976
Alternative Title: Mystery of 3 quarters


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May 14, 2019

"The Mystery of Three Quarters" by Sophie Hannah is a decent pastiche of a Hercule Poirot mystery by Agatha Christie. I was slightly suspicious when I started the novel. But, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Sophie Hannah's recreation of Poirot circa 1929 - the year this particular cozy mystery is set. Clues appear throughout and the big reveal occurs in a drawing room of a grand house. Poirot has it all figured out no matter how bizarre the plot. A lot of fun to read.

Mar 28, 2019

Sophie Hannah has the mannerisms of the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot down pat, and delivers a devious plot worthy of Dame Agatha. For true devotees, however, this rewrite in the Poirot franchise has a je ne sais qua missing...

Feb 05, 2019

Book was overlong. It could have been cut by one-third. Also full of typos. Will not read this author again.

Oct 31, 2018

Too long and repeatative.

Sep 23, 2018

Not sure i see why it gets such high ratings. Shifts in viewpoint from third person to first person throughout distracted me too much to settle in and enjoy the mystery. Kept putting it down when the viewpoint shifted because I lost the seam of the story. Experimenting with viewpoints is fine for some sorts of fiction, perhaps, but for mysteries it seems to be cheating the reader out of a great read. Good writing and plot couldn't compensate for this drawback for me.

Sep 16, 2018

Agatha Christie fans will find this book meets all expectations for a very fine mystery. Hercules Poirot shines as he discovers, clue by clue, who the murderer is. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would very highly recommend it! *****


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