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"I'm a dead woman, or I shall be soon.…"
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....
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By Molly on 09-17-14
Not Agatha Christie
What would have made The Monogram Murders better?
Where is the sparkling dialogue? Where is the sense of Poirot as a real person? Where is the exquisite language and subtle description that characterizes the best Agatha Christie novels? Not here. Even at 15 minutes in I was annoyed by unPoirotistic remarks made by Poirot, by overly colorful secondary characters, and by the strange narrator, who makes sweeping pronouncements.
What does Julian Rhind-Tutt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I would have put it down after page one.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Any additional comments?
DO NOT PURCHASE
34 of 38 people found this review helpful
By Robin on 09-11-14
As an Agatha Christie fan I was looking forward to hearing the story that her family thought was worthy to bear her name. I sat down and began listening.
When last we heard about Poirot he had died. The story seems to have taken place after he retires, and works with a new (or at least a character I do not remember) Scotland Yard character. This character seems to be less policeman / detective like than Hastings, weak and ineffective. Poirot is both argumentative and bullying, and is giving orders to the Scotland Yard man - sorry, but he is not the boss of anyone & would not be ordering anyone about - he would be giving direction. Too much of the dialogue is repetitive or just plain lame.The Scotland Yard fellow goes on to have his own adventure - so not really a Poirot mystery.
I'm still listening to this, but am so disappointed that I had to go ahead and write this much of a review.
31 of 35 people found this review helpful