Meandering Em's

Passion is books, photography, running and traveling. Also passionate about environmental issues.

Not a good imitation of Agatha Christie

The Monogram Murders - Sophie Hannah

I received this at the Malice Domestic celebration of Agatha Christie. I have to admit the plot was good (although preposterous) and the book relatively readable. I probably would have given a higher rating IF the main detective were not Hercule Poirot.

If you are expecting a true Agatha Christie tale, you will be disappointed. The main reason is that Ms. Christie did not write long and wordy novels. Her style is short and succinct. Her books are seldom boring nor does she have long sections of tedium. This book is too long, too wordy and just makes me want to read a REAL Agatha Christie book, which I am doing. The first few chapters just DRAGGED. After that the story did pick up. The narrator of the story is supposed to be policeman from Scotland Yard, but he certainly isn't the brightest bulb on the tree. He is much less imaginative than Hastings who I always enjoyed. This policeman did not have a pleasing personality at all.

Would I read another book by Ms. Hannah? Probably, but only if I got it free or from the library.

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