Review: The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

Title: The Monogram Murders
Author: Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie
Publisher: William Morrow
Published: September 9, 2014
Hardcover, 302 pages
ISBN: 978-0-06-229721-1
Genre: Mystery
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
Since the publication of her first novel in 1920, more than two billion copies of Agatha Christie's novels have been sold around the world. 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.

In the hands of internationally bestselling author Sophie Hannah, Poirot plunges into a mystery set in 1920s London – a diabolically clever puzzle sure to baffle and delight Christie's fans as well as readers who have not yet read her work. Written with the full backing of Christie's family, and featuring the most iconic detective of all time, this new novel is a major event for mystery lovers the world over.

My Thoughts:
Crime fiction novelist, Sophie Hannah, takes over the reigns of one of Agatha Christie's most beloved characters Hercule Poirot.  I can't imagine the immense pressure Hannah must have felt as she was writing this novel. Agatha Christie is like the third most read author behind Shakespeare and the Bible. So you know it had to be stressful! Before I started reading this book I decided I wasn't going to hold Hannah up to the "Christie Standard." It wouldn't be fair to either author. But of course there has to be some comparison made between the two. So in reading this book I took into account how well Sophie Hannah wrote Poirot and did I enjoy the story.

I'll answer the last comparison first. I did enjoy the story. Immensely. I enjoyed it so much I began neglecting things that I probably shouldn't have. But I couldn't help it. I couldn't rest until I knew who the murder is. I enjoyed how Hannah laid the story out for her readers. She had all the classic markings of a Christie novel. Now onto Poirot. I'm afraid I did not like Hannah's Poirot as much as I like Christie's. For the most part Hannah did a great job. However there were subtle differences that kept nagging at me. Without getting too much into the plot, there were times during the dialog that Poirot was speaking and it didn't 'sound' very Poirot-like. I had to check back to see if it was Poirot who was speaking or Mr. Catchpool. 

This was just a minor difference that stuck out to me. Purists will probably rant and rave about this, but not me. I feel in time Sophie Hannah will perfect her Poirot. And I hope she does because I would love to read more of these books. There are a couple of questions I'd like to ask Ms. Hannah: What did it feel like to step into Agatha Christie's shoes? and When will the next Poirot novel come out?

My Rating: