How wonderful is it to witness our most beloved Detective, Hercule Poirot, being resurrected by one of the most talented authors? Very much, I would say! And Sophie Hannah ingeniously does so in the most fascinating manner.
“This house is like a glacier with walls and a roof.”
This is what you’ll feel once you enter Combingham Hall, the residence where the death of our main victim – Barnabas Pandy, took place.
Four letters signed in the name of Poirot.
A typewriter with a crooked letter.
An unnaturally wet dress.
Could these elements be connected to the alleged murder of Barnabas Pandy?
In The Mystery Of Three Quarters, someone dangerous is toying with Detective Hercule Poirot!
He begins to receive consecutive visits from people claiming that he had sent each of them a letter, accusing them of murdering a man named Barnabas Pandy; whose death had already been officially ruled an accident.
Poirot, though, has never heard of a Barnabas Pandy and has accused nobody of murder.
So, who could have sent these letters?
Was Barnabas’ death really an accident, or was he murdered? Why would anyone even go to great lengths to murder a 94-year-old man?
Will Poirot solve such an intricate puzzle without putting more lives in danger?
A cold-blooded killer might be playing games with our Detective, but Poirot is already putting his tricks and clever endeavours in motion!
In the First Quarter, chilling discoveries are made, and it seems that this isn’t such an easily-solved case.
Are these letter-receivers independent from one another or is there a link that connects them?
The dialogue is so impeccably clever all throughout this book, and as for the ending, as much as I’d love to talk about it, I will leave it for you to enjoy. But I will say, you will find your heart thumping endlessly by the time you get to the Mystery of The Fourth Quarter!
At one point, all of the suspects’ backgrounds are revealed, which makes it easier for the reader to sympathise with each one of them and not want any of them to be the perpetrator. Also, it was most definitely a pleasure traveling – through Detective Poirot – into the complex minds of all these characters.
If you’re a big Poirot fan, and especially if you’ve enjoyed mysteries such as Crooked House -Agatha’s personal favorite book that she’s written, you will undoubtedly devour Sophie Hannah’s third addition to the ‘New Hercule Poirot‘ Series!
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