Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified-but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one's mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim. Since the publication of her first novel in 1920, more than two billion copies of Agatha Christie's books have been sold around the globe. Diabolically clever, packed with style and wit, The Monogram Murders is a splendid addition to the world's biggest-selling series.
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by Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
by Sophie Hannah
by Agatha Christie
"This is the first Hercule Poirot mystery approved by Agatha Christie's family since the authorÕs death, and narrator Julian Rhind-Tutt does a splendid job with Hannah's creation. Rhind-Tutt is a marvelous PoirotÑhis accent, French phrases, and confident personality are all present. But the story itself is repetitious, quite the opposite of Christie's style. Still, listeners will remain engaged because of Rhind-Tutt's abilities as a storyteller. When three people are murdered in the Bloxham Hotel, each victim found with a monogrammed cufflink in the mouth, hapless Scotland Yard Detective Catchpool accepts Poirot's guidance in solving the crime. Most enjoyable is Rhind-TuttÕs portrayal of Lucca Lazzari, the hotel manager who repeatedly proclaims the innocence of his staff in an Italian accent. The denouement is rendered Christie style as CatchpoolÑand listenersÑhear the murderer identified. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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