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

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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Kath
    Firstly I have to admit that I have never read an Agatha Christie Poirot book. My whole perception of the gentlemen and his shenanigans comes wholly from David Suchet's portrayal of him on TV, having watched every episode multiple times as they are always being re-run. I found Ms Hannah's depiction of Poirot to be mostly congruous with the TV version of him, adding her own stamp of course, but where that sits with Christie's written version is un...
  • Kendall Morgan Hall
    “One ought to be able to brush the untruths aside, but somehow they take hold of the mind and cause a spectral form of guilt - like a ghost in the head, or in the mind!”Diving into a Hercule Poirot mystery is as cozy as putting on sweatpants at the end of a hard day and curling up with a cup of tea. It instantly transports you back in time. The Mystery of Three Quarters begins with a woman named Sylvia Rule accusing Poirot of writing an lette...
  • 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...
  • Hungry
    Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity ti read this. I have to admit that i did not read the previous Poirot books by this author, ad they were not written by Christie, so i am not sure why i agreed to read this.I have to say that i am so glad I did, because Hannah had me transfixed into the story / plotlines.The premise of this story is that four seemingly unrelated people all received a letter accusing them of murd...
  • Claire
    Sophie Hannah is my favourite author and when I found out she was writing more Agatha Christie novels I was so excited. I love the Agatha Christie books so this was set to be a good pairing. Thank you Netgalley for allowing me an exclusive read of her latest story.At first, the title of the book didn't really make much sense, until Poirot explains it using a piece of cake (all will become clear when you read the book). In the beginning, Poirot re...
  • Tim
    Four people receive letters accusing them of the murder of Barnabus Panby. The letters are signed by Hercule Poirot but there's one small problem... he didn't write them! Poirot is drawn into what he titles "The Mystery of Three Quarters" where he attempts to unravel the mystery of who wrote these letters and why.Overall, the novel is an enjoyable tale and Sophie Hannah has performed well in her ability to bring back Agatha Christie's famous char...
  • Joelle Egan
    The Mystery of Three Quarters is Sophie Hannah’s latest in her successful series of Poirot-inspired mysteries. More of an homage than imitation, Hannah’s version would satisfy ardent protectors of Agatha Christie’s legacy, as well as a more contemporary audience reluctant to select anything older than themselves. The novel manages to somehow preserve the wit and charm of the classics, without the antiquated references and assumptions of soc...
  • Lexy
    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 Panby. 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...
  • Roberta
    As Agatha Christie passed away in 1976, this book was written by Sophie Hannah and authorized by the Estate of Agatha Christie. It continues the world's infamous detective, Hercule Poirot. I feel Sophie Hannah may end up being as popular as Agatha Christie if she continues writing novels in this fashion. Kudos!What I liked most was the astute attention to meticulous detail in solving this mystery. Much research occurred to correlate the dialogue ...
  • 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 ...
  • Laura Bonner
    As a huge Agatha Christie fan, I felt both excitement and trepidation about reading this new interpretation of Poirot How would the new version match up to the original? Yes, he is a slightly different character to the one portrayed by Christie, more humorous but still solving this puzzling case in his own unique way.... cake included! I like the use of chapter headings, which are sadly becoming a thing of the past, and enjoyed the plot with the ...
  • Taylor
    Love.I love immersing myself in the world of Hercule Poirot, and these new novels by Sophie Hannah are a godsend. She has crafted a beautifully smart novel that accurately captures the history of Poirot, but puts a new spin on his storytelling. The premise is gripping - three letters have been sent by "Hercule Poirot," accusing three separate individuals of murder. I was drawn into Hannah's version of Poirot, and the country manor house setting d...
  • Ruth
    I probably would have rated this higher, if it weren't for the ending. I hadn't known about Hannah's resurrection of Poirot previously, so this was my first exposure to her version of him. I wondered if I'd hate it, and I started the book a little nervously because I do love the real, original Poirot. But actually, I enjoyed it for the most part. It was always better when Poirot was on the scene, and a little less interesting when he wasn't.Unfor...
  • Lorraine
    I love Agatha Christie and I have read all of Sophie Hannah’s books. Yet, I didn’t think she quite nailed Hercule Poirot in her first two attempts. The first books she wrote about him were more Sophie Hannnah’s take on Poirot than Agatha’s. However, with this one I think she is getting closer to the Poirot we know and love. There is all the things you love about an Agatha story, multiple suspects, clues that seem baffling and of course a ...
  • Louise
    I wouldn't class myself as a Christie fan,though I've enjoyed most of her books... so I can honestly say I didn't really notice much difference between the original and this.The book seemed a bit light on Poirot to begin With,and heavy on unfathomable crime. Even was it actually a crime?Slowly the threads came together,things I'd never have thought of,with clever ideas and humour.I may have guessed who did it,but I'd never have worked out ALL the...
  • Julie
    Really enjoyable. You can almost picture yourself in the room. I like to just read for the ride rather than trying to work out who did the deed!! I must be honest and say I've not actually read an Agatha Christie book, more watched David Suchet's Poirot (in fact hubby just bought the whole box set) so because of that I can picture this book as a David Suchet Poirot. The same lines of mystery are there in the storyline. Brilliant. I shall other So...
  • Roo
    Simply Agatha Christie with laugh-out-loud hilariousness, Sophie Hannah has managed to nail the character of Hercule Poirot to a T. It had all of Agatha Christie's famous can't-put-the-book-down charm with witty dialogues that will have you scrambling to share the humour with your friends. This is a book that can accompany you anywhere to be the perfect beach read, idle bus ride read, cozy rainy day read... take your pick.Sophie Hannah has woven ...
  • Lois Sittu
    I read an advance readers edition of The Mystery of Three Quarters (The New Hercule Poirot Mystery #3). If you like Hercule Poirot, you will not be disappointed by this novel. It was a great read. I'm always surprised by how he figures out the killer as I never seem to pick up on the obscure clues that he sees. I have not read the other two books in the series but I'm looking forward to reading them in the future.
  • Rebecca
    Finished this Poirot mystery this morning- 4 seemingly unconnected people receive letters purportedly from Poirot accusing them of the murder of Barnabas Pandy. Each accosts Poirot and he is drawn in to investigate. Perhaps a bit “lighter” than a true Christie Poirot and I prefer Hastings to Catchpool as a sidekick- also I miss Miss Lemon. However, entertaining and fun. I recommend the Monogram Murders as well. I received this aa and ARC from...
  • Jeanne Nichols
    I like Hercule Poirot and his little grey cells. In this one, I had figured out who the murderer was and some of the other details, but the book was well written and fun. I enjoy the experience of getting to see everything just as Poirot does. It makes it a little easier to figure out, but in return gives the pleasure of solving along with him.I received this book as a giveaway, but that did not influence my review.
  • Linda
    Hercule Poirot is accused of sending letters to four people stating that they each had murdered man named Barnabas Pandy. M Poirot is thus intrigued to discover who used his name in this way. During this time he asked to discover if Fee Spring's Church window cake had been copied by a former co-worker. This story was different from the way M. Poirot usually works.
  • Conny
    I was a First Read Winner of this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I grew up reading Agatha Christie books and Sophie Hannah did a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of her books. I liked the characters and the storyline and it had me guessing until the end. Very entertaining read and I for one will be looking up other books by this talented Author.