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Since the publication of her first novel in 1920, more than two billion copies of Agatha Christie’s books have been sold around the globe. Now, for the first time ever, the guardians of her legacy have approved a brand-new novel featuring Dame Agatha’s most beloved creation, Hercule Poirot.

“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 cufflink 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Perfect…A pure treat for Agatha Christie fans.”

    Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Place

  • “Sophie Hannah does an egoless, silky job of reviving Agatha Christie’s beloved Belgian detective Hercule Poirot…enough so to hope that Hannah turns to Miss Marple next.”

    USA Today

  • “Does Sophie Hannah’s Poirot live up to our expectations? Yes, he does, and markedly so…The Monogram Murders is both faithful to the character and an entirely worthy addition to the canon…The plot is as tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie. Nothing is obvious or predictable in this very difficult Sudoku of a novel. The Monogram Murders has a life and freshness of its own. Poirot is still Poirot. Poirot is back.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “When Agatha Christie published her first Hercule Poirot novel in 1920, she could have not imagined that her mystery series sales would eventually top two billion copies. (Only The Bible and Shakespeare outsell her.) And when she ended the Belgian detective’s run in 1975, enthusiasts despaired that the series would never be revived. But now the unbelievable has occurred: After almost forty years, the Christie estate has finally authorized a revival of this classic and they selected respected mystery author Sophie Hannah to create a Poirot whodunit worthy of its origins. By every evidence, this suspenseful fiction remains true to the letter and spirit of Ms. Christie. Editor’s recommendation.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “Christie herself, some might say, could do no better…Enough twists, turns, revelations, and suspects to cook up a most satisfying red-herring stew. Literary magic.”

    Washington Post

  • “Sharply written and rigorously plotted, this Poirot mystery rivals many of Christie’s own.”


  • “Terrific….uncanny. As Hercule Poirot himself would say, ‘Bravo, Madame Hannah. Bravo.’”

    Boston Globe

  • “Hercule Poirot is back, although obviously not written by Agatha Christie. Set in London in 1920, the details and characters ring true. The writing is strong. The mystery is complex and wriggles through a long set of possible explanations before Poirot finds the killer. ”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)

  • “Hannah does a superb job of channeling Agatha Christie in this wholly successful pastiche authorized by the Christie estate…Lovers of classic whodunits can only hope Hannah continues to offer her take on the great Belgian detective.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Hannah, with the authorization of the Christie estate, has re-created the sleuth’s voice and character as true to the original as anyone could. The egotistical little Belgian, interested in his ‘order and methods’ and employing the ‘little grey cells’ is back. Edward Catchpool is no replacement for the well-intended and captivating Captain Arthur Hastings, yet fans of all formats of Agatha Christie and Poirot (the BBC TV series as well as original books, plays, etc.) will delight in this new foray into the Christie canon.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Hercule Poirot returns to crack a new case under the capable direction of British mystery writer Hannah…The intriguing result finds Poirot in London on the trail of a killer who poisoned three people and left a gold cufflink in the mouth of each one….Throughout, Hannah’s pitch-perfect dialogue and mastery of misdirection combine to weave a tangled tapestry that delights with its period detail, flashes of humor, and grim glimpses into our darker nature.”


  • “Narrator Julian Rhind-Tutt does a splendid job with Hannah’s creation. Rhind-Tutt is a marvelous Poirot—his accent, French phrases, and confident personality are all present. But the story itself is repetitious, quite the opposite of Christie’s style. Still, listeners will remain engaged because of Rhind-Tutt’s abilities as a storyteller…Most enjoyable is Rhind-Tutt’s portrayal of Lucca Lazzari, the hotel manager who repeatedly proclaims the innocence of his staff in an Italian accent. The denouement is rendered Christie style as Catchpool—and listeners—hear the murderer identified.”


  • One of BookPage Top Pick of September 2014
  • A Barnes & Noble Editor’s Recommendation
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, September 2014
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