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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.
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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
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