The bestselling novelist of all time.
The world's most famous detective.
The literary event of the year.
Since the publication of her first novel in 1920, more than two billion copies of Agatha Christie's novels have been sold around the world. Now, for the first time ever, the guardians of her legacy have approved a brand-new novel featuring Dame Agatha's most beloved creation, Hercule Poirot.
In the hands of internationally bestselling author Sophie Hannah, Poirot plunges into a mystery set in 1920s London - a diabolically clever puzzle sure to baffle and delight both Christie's fans as well as readers who have not yet read her work. Written with the full backing of Christie's family, and featuring the most iconic detective of all time, this new novel is a major event for mystery lovers the world over.
About the Author
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott. As well as writing psychological thrillers, Sophie Hannah is a bestselling poet and an award-winning short story writer. Her fifth collection of poetry, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 TS Eliot Award and she won first prize in the Daphne du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for The Octopus Nest. The Other Half Lives was shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award and a Barry Award and her psychological thriller The Carrier won the 2013 Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Novel of the Year.
The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives were adapted for television as Case Sensitive, starring Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd. Sophie has been commissioned by the estate of Agatha Christie to write the first Hercule Poirot novel since Christie's death, for publication in September 2014.
"Hannah gets it right in every particular - her extraordinary feat is to make the reader forget very quickly that the novel is not, in fact, written by Dame Agatha herself."-The Times "Poirot purists will be in seventh heaven."-Daily Telegraph "Within the first few pages of The Monogram Murders it is obvious that we are in safe hands. Sophie Hannah has written a novel that would have delighted the Queen of Crime."-The Independent "A brilliant new murder mystery which picks up where the grande dame of crime left off"-Mail on Sunday "Both faithful to the character and an entirely worthy addition to the canon. The plot is as tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie. Nothing is obvious or predictable in this very difficult Sudoku of a novel. The Monogram Murders has a life and freshness of its own. Poirot is still Poirot. Poirot is back."- Alexander McCall Smith in The New York Times "Sophie Hannah had large boots to fill... Nevertheless, she manages it with considerable wit, charm and ingenuity."-Sunday Express "Equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging ... I was thrilled to see Poirot in such very, very good hands. Reading The Monogram Murders was like returning to a favourite room of a long-lost home."-Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl "Perfect ... a pure treat for Agatha Christie fans."-Tana French, author of The Secret Place "Sophie Hannah's The Monogram Murders does Christie proud. Our favourite detective is back and in impeccable form!"-Charles Todd "Sophie Hannah is a prodigious talent. I can't wait to see what she does next."-Laura Lippman
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 8th September 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.58