Review: The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah

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Blurb (as on Goodreads):

Hercule Poirot returns home after an agreeable luncheon to find an angry woman waiting to berate him outside his front door. Her name is Sylvia Rule, and she demands to know why Poirot has accused her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. She is furious to be so accused, and deeply shocked. Poirot is equally shocked, because he too has never heard of any Barnabas Pandy, and he certainly did not send the letter in question. He cannot convince Sylvia Rule of his innocence, however, and she marches away in a rage.

Shaken, Poirot goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him — a man called John McCrodden who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy…

Poirot wonders how many more letters of this sort have been sent in his name. Who sent them, and why? More importantly, who is Barnabas Pandy, is he dead, and, if so, was he murdered? And can Poirot find out the answers without putting more lives in danger?

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Four people receive identical letters accusing them of murdering a Barnabas Pandy and signed by the famous detective Hercule Poirot. But the catch is, M Poirot never wrote those letters.

I am usually the type who hates reading famous books carried on by other authors. But I gave The Mystery of Three Quarters a try and I am not quite sure how I feel. Here are a few observations I made.

  • The Story proceeds exactly the way an Agatha Christie novel. There’s evidence collection which is quite random and no one is supposed to make anything out of it other than Poirot.
  • But Catchpool seems to be trying to steal the limelight. He tries to be witty, makes strange observations about Poirot and the case, receives strange evidence and fails to make any sort of discovery whatsoever.
  • The Atmosphere that is created in any Poirot novel is missing. Poirot does everything but the distinct style is missing. Even his actions are quite different, not classic Poirot.
  • The mystery is pretty decent throughout, and for someone who can’t handle too much information, it will be difficult to catch the killer. The dramatic ending also felt a little dull.

As you can see, I have mixed emotions about this book and I really don’t know how to frame a review.

But I would certainly recommend the book because Sophie Hannah has done a lot of justice to Agatha Christie. It is quite rare to find two people with the same thought process and either the author and Christie are alike, or she has remarkable observation skills and knows how to study her characters.



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2 thoughts on “Review: The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah

  1. I’ve heard about this “Hercule Poroit” pastiche thing but never read any of this book. Your review gives me an idea how it’d be like. Thanks for the post. 🙂 Would love to pick up the book.

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