The Second Cure gOverwritten over long rambling unsubtle and simply wrong You know that from the very first chapter which teems with irrelevancies and silly uirks Poirot drinks coffee before dinner because it is the best coffee in London he is served vermicelli he lives in a lodging house even his French sounds too selfconscious and too careful A faint flutter of interest isenerated when a distraught character introduces her enigmatic problem but that evaporates fast as the novel plods on Hannah s skills have been vastly over rated and extravagantly praised Of course there are readers who rave about the book but then in the words of Mrs Oliver Some people would read ANYTHINGMakes you appreciate Christie s effortlessly clever plotting her concision wonderful readability and talent for creating suspense and delivering ingenious twists I very much doubt if the MM would have received any publicity at all if the detective s name had been not Hercule Poirot but something else Agatha Christie has always been my favourite author and I have to admit that I felt trepidation when I heard that there was to be a new Poirot novel by another author I have never read anything by Sophie Hannah but to be honest I knew that I would not be able to resist Essential Andhra Cookbook: With Hyderabadi and Telengana Specialities giving this a try despite my disuiet at having another writer try to recreate Christie s world Having now read this I feel that is both a better read than I expected but it is certainly not a Poirot novel even though it features his character Obviously it is a daunting task to write a book featuring such a beloved detective and it is something which probably should not have been attempted but Hannah succeeds in some parts and fails in othersIn order toive Poirot a different setting and a new character to tell the story and in effect replace Hastings he is supposedly taking a rest Having bizarrely told everyone he has left London Poirot decamps to a boarding house literally across the road from where he lives and where a detective from Scotland Yard is conveniently also living Edward Catchpool is like Hastings rather na ve and needing The Sorcerer's Apprentice guidance This works better with an amateur than an actual detective Catchpool has a strange aversion to bodies which is unfortunate as he has to investigate the murder of three people found poisoned at the Bloxham HotelMeanwhile Poirot has taken to visiting the Pleasant Coffee House where his peaceful meal is disrupted by a woman who rushes in a distressed state When Poirot approaches to see whether he can help her she says that nothing can be done to help her Once she is dead she tells him justice will be done When Poirot hears of Catchpool s case he feels the two events are linked and then joins up with helping the Scotland Yard detective solve the case for which they have too back into the past to an event in a small village some years beforeGolden Age crime novels are something you either love or find unbelievable and certainly there are few modern crime books featuring the type of amateur detectives that proliferated in the books written in the period between the wars Still I am not sure whether I found Lord Peter Wimsey any less believable than Catchpool and his Scotland Yard You do not even hear of any other members of the police force until well into the book Catchpool literally runs from the crime scene and then allows Poirot to dictate to him without the author first setting up any kind of role in the investigation for him no Japp to ask him along for example However in many ways the author provides a reasonable attempt at a Golden Age mystery with a lot of plot twists and turns a
Good Setting And Somesetting and some characters Supposedly set in 1929 the modern world often slips in as in when characters refer to the victims by their first name when they would probably be formal for example but this is much a homage to Christie than formal for example but this is much a homage to Christie than attempt to recreate her work Hercule Poirot s eyes may Eagle's Gate glitter and his littlerey cells work overtime but this Poirot never speaks in his true voice and you never feel you are reading a new poirot novel if i read enjoying new Poirot novel If I read enjoying mystery for itself it was a pleasant enough book If I read imagining this was a new Poirot novel it did not work for me I am not sure though that any author could have pulled off a new Poirot For me the little Belgium detective cannot exist in any other hands but Agatha Christie who remains forever the ueen of Crime A big fat puking spoiler coming this way BewareI am furious and sad every time I write bad reviews However it is really important for me to find believable attractive plot and characters especially in a detective book Agatha Christie s fabulous mysteries have plots that are tricky yet comprehensible Her mysteries shine with World War Z. La guerra mondiale degli zombi grand simplicity Sadly I didn t find any in The Monogram Murders This book is written by Sophie Hannah who was inspired by Agatha Christie The strangest thing is that S Hannahot a permission to write this book and this book was approved by the Christie estate I m not familiar with Sophie Hannah s other books I just read that she writes crime fiction and she likes Agatha Christie a lot This book is a labyrinth with crimes secrets and murders but instead of catching interest and engaging it was a trouble for me to et out of it Maybe the trouble is in me I just couldn t find the real personality of Christie s famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot or her basic storytelling featuresSo let s start from the beginning Poirot meets a mysterious woman in a coffee house who fears for her life She talks strange stuff before disappearing into the night It s a ood start except for the real Christie fans it s obvious that Poirot enjoys sipping herbal tea hot chocolate creme de menthe or sirop de cassis he has traveled a lot he likes convenience and luxury over he dislikes English food And I found him sipping coffee and eating a beef chop and vermicelli souffle in a coffee house in a not wealthy part of London It s not all Poirot is staying at a lodging house to rest from his work he takes buses and he walks aimlessly This is a really odd way to present Christie s Poirot Hannah s Poirot has only Christie s Poirot appearance Poirot is not the only one strange character Scotland Yard. ‘I’m a dead woman or I shall be soon’Hercule Poirot's uiet 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 Poiro.
Sophie Hannah ò 7 Free readEan Catchpool literally leaves three dead bodies overnight without calling in any forensics or backup and without investigating the crime scene because he is sueamish about the murder and can t bring himself to act He spends the entire book musing about how horrid the murder is and shivering when he considers the murderer is still out there Give me a break bro You are a detective THIS IS YOUR ACTUAL JOB And it s not like adding a secondary character perspective is uniue in the Christie universe It has been done very well before If you re Who Is Muhammad Ali? going to resurrect Poirot you could also choose to resurrect any number of people who act as sidekicks The obvious choice is Hastings of course but you could alsoo with Superintendent Spence Inspector Japp or even Superintendent Battle No one needs a ludicrously inept original character who serves only to add page count to this book Not only is Catchpool the worst detective ever he s also just the worst to read about He keeps interjecting himself into scenes where he only says things like I almost agreed but then realized no one cared what I thought That is some serious meta content right there And he comes up with some real dumb shit like I started to wonder if I might not prefer to fail alone and entirely under my own steam than succeed only thanks to Poirot s involvement I AM NOT HERE TO READ ABOUT YOUR TERRIBLE EXISTENTIAL CRISIS THAT WOULD RESULT IN A MURDERER GOING FREE God Nothing about him was remotely redeemableAnyway The rest of the writing was fine not Don't Worry, Eat Cake: A Coloring Book to Help You Feel a Little Bit Better about Everything great It made me appreciate just how skillfully Agatha Christie drew scenes and characters I felt like Hannah didn t come close to making me invested in or understanding of the characters in this book In Hannah s version Poirot also spends a lot of time being fairly ridiculous again through Catchpool s eyes which is another thing I blame him for and a lot of time speaking French which I don t remember from the original books And he says littlerey cells about a zillion times I don t know It all felt a little off to me The mystery itself was crazily convoluted and I thought view spoilerthe inclusion of the Ives scandal was very strange and not particularly well done I did like the time of death being moved around that surprised me hide spoiler Let s et the most important point out of the way Hannah Sophie is no Dame Agatha Christie With Laurie R King her Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series which begins with The Beekeeper s Apprentice you forget you are not reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle she so perfectly captures Conan Doyle s voice The same oes for Jill Paton Walsh when she is at her best and is completing an effort begun by Dorothy L Sayers as in Thrones Dominations and A Presumption of Death although not in her solo effort The Attenbury Emeralds UghSet in 1929 in The Monogram Murders Hercule Poirot sets out to help the hopeless Scotland Yard detective Edward Catchpool a clueless Captain Hastings stand in to investigate the cyanide murder of three uests in the posh Bloxham Hotel in London All three were found laid out as if at a funeral parlor except that each a man and two women had a monogrammed cufflink in the mouth The two women Harriet Sippel and Ida Gransbury live in the village of Great Holling the third victim Richard Negus once lived in that same village and was the fianc of Miss Gransbury until he broke off the engagement in 1913 Earlier Poirot had encountered fianc of Miss Gransbury until he broke off the engagement in 1913 Earlier Poirot had encountered young housemaid named Jennie at a coffeehouse Before fleeing she predicts her own death and judges that her demise would be justice rather than murder Despite Catchpool s skepticism Poirot insists that Jennie has a connection to the Bloxham Hotel murders Want to bet who s right on that oneWhy had they been killed Poirot senses that the clues to the motive lie in Great Holling and he dispatches Catchpool to snoop around there while Poirot tries to track down the elusive Jennie Both discover uite a lot but I won t spoil the novel by saying any Fair is fair and The Monogram Murders should not be judged on whether it is pitch perfect Agatha Christie it clearly isn t but whether it is an enjoyable mystery And there Sophie succeeds No the first Hercule Poirot novel since Curtain Poirot s Last Case was published in 1975 never comes close to Murder on the Orient Express The ABC Murders The Labours of Hercules or The Murder of Roger Ackroyd But while a bit too clever by half too convoluted to ring true too broad in its portrayal of Hercule Poirot as a romantic too implausible in its denouement The Monogram Murders proved a suitable companion on a day when I was home sick as could be And I ve never been one to let the perfect be the enemy of the ood This book was disappointing on every level As a fan of Christie and Poirot this was not true to either the spirit or talent of either The plot was needlessly convoluted and
Nonsensical Lacking Suspense Butlacking suspense but of dumb contrivances to drag on the story for no A Secret Kept good reason The author attempted to recreate the magic of the HastingsWatson style of narrator but the character she created Catchpool was so annoying it took away from my enjoyment of PoirotPoirot s new friend Catchpool is an incompetent Scotland Yard detective who was terrified of dead bodies due to some incoherent psychological trauma in his childhood and was actively reluctant to actually investigate the murder I was so aggravated by him a Scotland Yard detective with no skills in detection Why didn t Catchpoolet the scandalous back story from the village constable What was the point of waiting til tomorrow to hear it from Margaret He never investigated anything just waited around for people to tell him everything after pointless delays At least Japp and even Hastings tried however wrong headedly to figure things out Catchpool was so uninterested and unmotivated he literally needed Poirot for everything I m not against re imaginings of classic characters by new writers but this was a major FAIL I ve been a long time fan of classic Agatha Christie mysteries and went into this reimagining of a character feeling like there was no way that these characters that we were already familiar with could stand up to Christie s portrayal of them Boy was I wrong Laced 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 victi. Policeman Catchpool the most dull miserable lum and incompetent detective I ve ever read He is afraid of dead bodies that is why he left the murder victims in the hotel unwatched for all the evening and night Moreover he is the only one officer in the police investigating the Monogram Murders A shame for all Scotland Yard descriptions He is dumb and definitely a dreary fellow Oh Captain Hastings how I missed you Hastings was not always understanding but his relationship with Poirot was always charming affectionate and friendly Poirot and Catchpool made an odd and not attractive pair of detectives They seem not to like each other Catchpool tries to match Hastings with his magically strange and incoherent remarks The Poirot Catchpool situation looks like a teacher tries to teach a hopeless student It was nice with Hastings but hopeless and uite irritating with Catchpool Poirot even understates CatchpoolThere isn t any clear and attractive description of the places it never came alive to me while reading or torturing myself in other words In case you didn t know Yes I m the masochistic type I felt like examining an unfinished painting If there were no years mentioned I wouldn t uess that this book was meant to show the Poirot times The biggest part of the explanations is extremely unlikely Definitely no clarity or conviction No Agatha Christie It s sad but for me the most interesting characters in the book were the three murder victims There are clues of a kind in this book that seem inspired by Agatha Christie but they are not carried off with the flamboyant confidence of style or manner that I enjoyed reading AC mysteries Maybe I m narrow minded due to the Christie stuff But I like it so and I like Poirot in Christie s styleI know that there will be another book about Poirot by Sophie Hannah and I really hope it to be one I really can enjoy reading Poirot just knowsA terrified woman bursts into the coffee house where Hercule Poirot is partaking of the best coffee in London When Poirot tells her he is a detective she seems tempted to share her worries but in the end tells him only that she is about to be murdered and that once she is dead justice will have been done Pausing only to beg him to prevent the police from investigating she pleads cryptically Oh please let no one open their mouths and flees back into the night Meantime Mr Catchpool of Scotland Yard who lives in the same lodging house as Poirot has been called to the Bloxham Hotel where three uests have been found murdered Poirot psychically suspects there may be a linkIn fact I hadn t ever before realised just how psychic Poirot was How remiss of Ms Christie never to reveal this fact All these years she led us to believe he came to his conclusions based on his reading of the clues his ability to see through the red herrings to the facts the superior power of his little rey cells Ms Hannah kindly lets us in on the true secret though Clues are unnecessary Poirot just knows what has happened At each stage as other people flounder to make sense of the plot well I certainly did Poirot sees straight through to the truth without the need for any pesky evidence or suchlike nonsense What a ift Unfortunately not one that makes a detective novel work very well thoughIf this book had been written about a detective
called Smith it might have rated maybe three stars The plot is convoluted psychologically unconvincingSmith it might have rated maybe three stars The plot is convoluted psychologically unconvincing over padded The list of suspects is far too small meaning that there are no big surprises come the reveal But the writing style is uite ood some of the characterisation is fine and the descriptions of the places involved in the plot are done reasonably wellBUTthere is a reat big Agatha Christie on the front of the book so this should really read like one of hers shouldn t it It doesn t From the very beginning Poirot
Is Not Right Fornot right For start he has moved into a lodging house because he wants to escape from his fame for a while and be anonymous Doesn t sound like the Poirot I know Secondly we hear almost nothing about his little foibles his vanity his moustaches his rotundity his endearingly egg shaped head his patent leather shoes We do et to hear a little about his passion for order but just as a sop Thirdly he oes about searching rooms and seeking out physical clues like Holmes on an eager day The real Poirot as we know is actually much interested in the psychology of the crime As an Agatha Christie and especially a Hercule Poirot fan I was excited to see a new Poirot mystery written Sophie Hannah does a decent job developing a story and Poirot s character but it is obvious to me that she is not Dame Christie no one is In this mystery three people appear to to me that she is not Dame Christie no one is In this mystery three people appear to murdered at London s Bloxham Hotel Each of the three have a monogrammed cufflink in their mouth so to the casual observer the murders must be linked as well Poirot is in London at the time enjoying a sabbatical With the help of his new sidekick Catchpool of Scotland Yard he throws himself into solving this case The story was enjoyable to the end but did not read as uickly as a normal Christie book would although Hannah does try to convey a similar language to us Layers upon layers of the case peel off and of course Poirot thanks to the use of his little ray cells is Hmm I am Let Freedom Reign': The Words of Nelson Mandela. Henry Russell gonna have to think about the rating for this book as it s a difficult decisionBefore I write a proper review suffice to say Poirot is spot on Catchpool agh Ok here weo I m thinking by the end of me writing this review I will have finalised on a rating for this book Sooo its a Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts good book well written an enjoyable Poirot novel a believable Poirot novel and for that I wouldive it 4 However and there is certainly in my mind a big h I am SO SUSPICIOUS of this book If the estate approved it it must be all right But can anyone successfully write Poirot in the year 2014 I DON T KNOW WHAT TO THINKupdate 1030 okay I READ THE THING To be honest I think the mystery wasn t terrible and I might have engaged with it if it were not for Catchpool He is the worst detective I have ever read about Better detectives include parodies of detectives amateur sleuths and people who are actively attempting to sabotage investigations I T not to find and punish her killer Once she is dead she insists justice will have been doneLater that night Poirot learns that three uests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered and a cufflink has been ,