Book Review of “The Monogram Murders” by Sophie Hannah


Blurb:

  ‘I’m a dead woman, or I shall be soon…’

Hercule Poirot’s quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered.  She is terrified – but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done.

Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflinks has been placed in each one’s mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim…

Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Classic / Suspense / Murder
My Review:
When you are attempting to replicate legends, you should be very focused and detail oriented, because the people who read such novels are hard-core fans of these legends and will not compromise on quality. Dame Agatha Christie is the Goddess of Mystery, in my opinion. So, when “Monogram Murders” came out, I was very excited to meet Poirot again with his French exclamations and over-the-top attitude. However, I was to be terribly disappointed.
The story started fast and well. The initial feel of the book was authentic and nostalgic. However, as the story progressed, Hercule Poirot changed considerably. The much-too-humble Poirot felt like a completely different person. Catchpool was added and played the role of Watson. However, many a times through the book, it is shown that Poirot almost missed out on several important points and Catchpool in fact saved the day. However, Catchpool is too immature or too much of a novice to be a detective. Therefore, Poirot depending on such a person to gain insights is something far too impossible to imagine. All this is very different from the Poirot I know and admire.
The comes the climax – which lasted a good 4 chapters. Who puts climax for so long? Towards the end, I was so bored that I did not have the patience to even finish the climax. With a seemingly dumb Poirot and a never-ending Climax, I really have almost no stars to give this book. 1 star just so I could meet Poirot again, even if it was only for a couple of initial chapters

 

Star Rating : 1 Star
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