The Mystery of Three Quarters (The New Hercule Poirot Mystery #3) by Sophie Hannah

The Mystery of Three Quarters (The New Hercule Poirot Mystery #3)

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 the London of 1930.Returning home from a luncheon, Hercule Poirot is met at his door by an imperious woman who introduces herself as Sylvia Rule. "How dare you? How dare you send me such a letter?" Ignoring his den...

Details The Mystery of Three Quarters (The New Hercule Poirot Mystery #3)

TitleThe Mystery of Three Quarters (The New Hercule Poirot Mystery #3)
Release DateAug 28th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreMystery, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Crime

Reviews The Mystery of Three Quarters (The New Hercule Poirot Mystery #3)

  • Paromjit
    Sophie Hannah resurrects Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot in this, her latest addition to the series. Having been disappointed with her last effort, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself really enjoying this much more. Set in 1930s England, it has the requisite country manor and a Poirot with all his eccentricities and comic touches, although I should add that by now Hannah has made her Poirot her own creation, rather than a straight take off...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    This is so far the most Agatha Christie flavoured book Hannah have penned! The start of the book reminded me of "A murder is announced"- 4 people get letters accusing them of murdering a man called 'Barnabas Pandy'- and the letters are signed by Hercules Poirot!Who is Barnabas Pandy and did one of these people: Slyvia Rule, John McCrodden, Hugo Dockerill and Annabel Treadway, really killed Mr Pandy?Loved this book and so glad to be reading the wo...
  • Lou
    Having had a soft spot for Agatha Christie, particularly those stories that feature Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, I was more than a little giddy at the thought of someone talented taking over to keep the Poirot character alive. But I was concerned that whoever was to take the reins would fail miserably at creating and fostering the French detectives character in this new mystery. Crisis somewhat averted, Hannah does a decent, respectable job. A...
  • Sheri
    In Sophie Hannah’s third “new” story featuring a certain little Belgian detective with magnificent moustaches and an egg-shaped head, Poirot finds himself confronted by four people who have all received a letter accusing them of murder - a letter signed by one Hercule Poirot. Who is Barnabas Pandy, and has he or hasn’t he actually been murdered? Poirot’s investigations, assisted by Scotland Yard detective Edward Catchpool, encompass a c...
  • Laura
    Book reviews on I eagerly await any new releases from Sophie Hannah, whatever series they may be, and her Hercule Poirot books are no different. This new offering feels very Christie-like, with its setting in the countryside, centred around the death of Barnabas Pandy, who drowned in the bath - but was it an accident, or in fact murder?Poirot feels, to me, close to the original character in Agatha Christie's novels - he's ente...
  • Roman Clodia
    If you come to this expecting the resurrection of Christie and her Poirot then this might disappoint – instead, Hannah offers a homage to Christie/Poirot but with her own overlay of irony and humour. This isn’t as twisted as Hannah’s own books but offers a convoluted case that only Poirot could solve. The characterisation is zany in parts (the housemaster!) but the story comes together in a satisfying way.Light and exuberant entertainment.T...
  • Mairead Hearne (
    '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.’ The Mystery of Three Quarters is the latest book from Sophie Hannah as she continues to keep the spirit of Agatha Christie alive, with her take on that most famous detective, the wonder...
  • Alexis
    I was amazed when I found this book. "A new Agatha Christie? How can this be?" I thought. This isn't the first time someone has taken over the reins in writing a popular series when the original author is unable to continue writing it themselves (Douglas Adams and Steig Larsson are both examples of such revered authors who are no longer with us). However, it's always a scary prospect and the results do vary. When I came across this book by Sophie...
  • Sid Nuncius
    In the end I enjoyed The Mystery Of Three-Quarters, but it was hard going for a while.Sophie Hannah has done a good job of creating a Christie-style mystery, with an intriguing puzzle, odd clues, red herrings and a lengthy climactic meeting of all possible suspects in which Poirot reveals the true culprit. The first half was a bit of a struggle, as the characters and the strange mystery of the accusatory letters in Poirot’s name are introduced....
  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    The estate of Agatha Christie made such a good choice when giving Sophie Hannah the chance to continue writing the Poirot series. I have loved the previous two books and this one is also fab and very much like Christie's novels. A puzzle first and foremost, Poirot stays the same and we are not too concerned about the character development more about the why and how. I adore puzzles and that's why I adore Christie's mysteries and love how Hannah s...
  • Nathalia
    Es el que menos me gustó de los tres que han salido, pero igual es excelente.
  • Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read)
    Detailed review later
  • Johnna
    a Great and enjoyable read in Agatha Christie style!! It was almost as if Agatha had written it herself!!**I received a copy of this title from a contest for a fair and unbiased review
  • Jemima Pett
    Either I've got more used to the style, or Ms Hannah has really got into her stride in the Poirot delivery.  Her own thrillers contrast in their modernity (e.g. The Narrow Bed). I think the Monogram Murders was a little stilted, but now the Poirot style fits her.  The new mantle has lost its stiffness and become a good warming friend.Imagine three people rushing up to you in various states of excitement, complaining you'd accused them of murder...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and HarperCollins UK, Harper Fiction for an advance copy of The Mystery of the Three Quarters, the third novel in Ms Hannah's revived Hercule Poirot series, set in 1929.Poirot is accosted by a woman and accused of writing a letter which accuses her of murdering Barnabas Pandy. She won't listen to his denial and storms off. On entering his flat he finds he has a visitor, male this time, who has received a similar le...
  • Vicki
    Full review posted here:'ve previously read and enjoyed Sophie Hannah's other Poirot novels, so I was very excited to receive a beautiful arc of The Mystery of Three Quarters courtesy of LoveReading UK.The premise of this one is intriguing - four people, all seemingly unconnected, have each received letters accusing them of murder, letters signed by the great detective himself! Except of course Poirot did...
  • Maxine
    Someone purporting to be world-famous detective Hercule Poirot has sent letters to four people accusing them of murder. An elderly gentlemen, Barnabas Pandy, had drowned in his bath but the death has been officially declared an accident. One of the recipients was Pandy’s granddaughter and she swears that no one in the household could have possibly murdered her grandfather. With the aid of his ‘little grey cells’ and inspector Edward Catchpo...
  • Andrew
    I liked the premise and I had fun reading the first 30-50% of the book (which is why I audiobooked The Murder of Roger Ackroyd & And Then There Were None) but the second half felt too complicated and lost that fun. It felt, up to a point, like it was trying too hard to be Poirot mystery.Review coming soon once I have my thoughts in order, but 2.5-3 stars.*Review Taken from The Pewter Wolf & eProof was given by UK publisher, HarperCollins, via Net...
  • Niamh
    Sophie Hannah has slowly but surely enveloped herself in the world of Hercule Poirot, over the previous two books 'The Monogram Murders' and 'Closed Casket', and though this novel brings her just that step closer towards mastering Christie's classic character, it's not quite as brilliant as the crime queen herself.This book excellently weaves two apparently disconnected stories into one cozy mystery that's less about the murder and more about the...
  • Cheryl M-M
    I have to hand it to Sophie Hannah, she has got the whole Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot and 1930s vibe down to a fine art. Instead of trying to replicate Christie’s style and characters, Hannah gives her readers the feeling they are wandering around in the mind maps and plots of the grande dame of crime, whilst infusing the story with her own style and sense of humour.I imagine it is both exciting to be the face of the new Poirot and incre...
  • An Introvert Reads
    I’m having a really hard time rating and reviewing this book for some reason.This is my first Hercule Poirot revival book from Sophie Hannah. It has the typical Hercule Poirot charm and quirks, which was the best part of the book for me ! I absolutely love Hercule’s character and secretly wish I was like him.However, I think I was missing the typical mind-blowing ending, and “can’t stop reading” that Agatha Christie usually delivers. Ma...
  • Marina
    Firstly, thanks to The American Book Center for the advance copy of The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah. This is the third instalment in the remake Poirot series by Sophie Hannah. After reading the first book, The Monogram Murders, I can definitely say that like this one much better. As a fan of Agatha Christie mysteries, this book has all the ingredients that I look for in a mystery. It has a compelling storyline, clever red herrings ...
  • Betty
    The Mystery of Three Quarters is a great read with its well-paced narrative and, of course, the return of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot and Sophie Hannah's own Edward Catchpool. It was a little slow at the beginning as books of this genre usually are for me until I get all the characters and relationships straight. But then, it took off and I was trying once again to figure it all out and reading as fast as I could to follow the clues and find...
  • LostToABook
    The book is fantastic. Its easy to dive into and get lost in. Theres twists and turns and I can hand on heart say that I didn't know who done it until I was meant to. The story is about four people who are each claiming that Poirot is accusing them of murder by letter. Poirot wants to know why someone is using his name to accuse each of these people and more to the point, why the person believes they have murdered Barnabas Pandy. Each of the accu...
  • Kokie
    Disclaimer: This is the first Hercule Poirot Mystery I have read. When I entered this giveaway I was excited to give this character another try. I can't even make it through an episode of the TV show based on the original novels, there is something I don't like about the way Poirot is portrayed. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by this mystery. I enjoyed the way it was told, and the core characters were much less troublesome than I worried they...
  • Donna
    Great continuation of a beloved detective Hercule Poirot. Loved it
  • Sue K
    Sophie Hannah has written a story featuring Hercule Poirot and I have to say she has got his character absolutely spot on. It was like reading an original Christie novel. The plot is nicely complex with a lot of red herrings and it is not until the denouement with Poirot delivering his findings to his audience in the living room of a large stately home. His friend and partner in this story is an Inspector Edward Catchpool who, it turns out, is th...
  • Olga Miret
    A good old-fashioned and convoluted mystery with a Poirot in good shape. Thanks to NetGalley and to Harper Collins UK for the ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review.I had not realised that an author had been commissioned to write new Poirot mysteries, and as I saw this book after a conversation about Agatha Christie, I could not resist requesting a copy of it. This means I have not read the author’s two previous New Poirot Mysterie...
  • Adam Woods
    To compare Hannah’s Poirot to Christie’s would be futile - Christie was, simply put, a genius - but it is still hard not to spot differences in our intrepid detective in the current version. And that can be a little jarring.The ending to The Mystery of Three Quarters was a little laboured and tenuous, and I’m not sure I particularly warmed to any of the cast of characters, but it was still an engaging and fun read. Indeed if Hercule Poirot ...