4th November 2023
Sophie Hannah’s fourth Poirot novel sees him and his friend Inspector Catchpool getting on a coach to visit a fairly new communal estate in the countryside. Naturally on the way they learn about various murder plots, and set out to investigate.
I feel that Hannah has been able again to craft a perfect narrative that balances between being true to Agatha Christie’s style and characters while also feeling up to date in style and morality, despite the period setting.
The plot of this one has a lot going on, and there were a few moments where I thought I’d spotted clues only for them to be red herrings. One reveal I felt was obvious for a long way coming, but that didn’t help me get ahead of the game for the big one.
I really enjoy Hannah’s extensions to the Poirot canon and will be looking out for the next one.