Reading Roundup: Hercule Poirot’s Return

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Mystery Book Club discusses Monogram Murders by Sophie HannahPoirot

Agatha Christie’s famed Hercule Poirot returns in The Monogram Murders The New Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah. The infamous Poirot first appeared in 1920, in The Mysterious Affair at Styles and ended with Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case.

Agatha Christie readers will tell you that it might be difficult to capture the likeness of Poirot. After all, books penned by Christie have been estimated at two million and remain popular today. The Christie Estate “cautiously” allowed Hannah to pursue the resurrection of Poirot and the Mystery Book Club readers agree, that Sophie Hannah did, indeed capture Poirot and his mannerisms. Many of the elements, characters and descriptions of Poiroit are believable, however our mystery readers did not think the plot was believable. In addition, the book is set in 1929, and our readers did not feel like the setting or tone of this book fit that time period.

The Mystery Book Club was excited, that it was indeed a “true” mystery and discussion of what makes a mystery an actual mystery ended our April discussion. We ultimately agreed that we all have our own way of defining what we consider a mystery. Overall, The Mystery Book Club enjoyed the selection.

Bring your “little gray cells” and join us Thursday, May 21 at noon for a discussion of a “legal thriller,” Sandrine’s Case by Thomas H. Cook.

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Jody, Adult Reference, Warrenton central library

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