Agatha Christie: The Mys­tery of the Three Quar­ters ★★

Sunday Times - - Review - Jen­nifer Platt @Jen­nifer­d­platt

So­phie Han­nah, Harper­Collins, R320

If this is a homage to the Queen of Mys­tery then Han­nah has some­what failed. This is te­dious, with an enor­mously pompous, ar­ro­gant and twirling mus­ta­chioed Poirot that is very much like Ken­neth Branagh’s bom­bas­tic cre­ation in his film Mur­der on

the Ori­ent Ex­press. Four let­ters ac­cus­ing four peo­ple of mur­der­ing Barn­abas Pandy are sent to them by some­one pre­tend­ing to be Poirot. The de­tec­tive is at once in­sulted and in­trigued. Who sent these let­ters? Who is Pandy? And was he mur­dered? It’s a dry read. There is a lack of pac­ing and Han­nah’s nor­mally clever plot­ting be­comes ob­vi­ous.

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