I am a wait and see person also but I bet if Agatha could she would buy a copy and read it with relish just to see what tricks Hercule is up to and to make sure that his 'Little grey cells' are working 100%
Tuppence is right. You can access it from this website too. Some neat features, however it does some like a website mostly developed to promote the new Poirot book.
I'm reading the book now - about 4 chapters in. I must say I am enjoying it and it is not bad. Is it Christie's Poirot? No, it is Hannah's version of Poirot but she has captured enough of him to be recognizable and familiar. Instead of Hastings, we have a new character but he serves the same purpose and there is that fun and familiar back and forth of Poirot seeing things in a different light and seeming to be off on his own tangent. I must say it is fun to have Poirot involved in a new mystery - I just hope it all comes out alright and rings true to the character. To those purists who are having fits, I say just keep in mind that your favorite Television characters ( Doctor Who, Jessica Fletcher, Colombo, etc.) are written by many different people and no one is up in arms - we still enjoy them. I think we are all in agreement that Agatha Christie was truly one of a kind and it's sad that she isn't here to write more novels but I don't feel that should stop us from enjoying a new take on things. Oh well, I'm off to read some more and we'll see how it goes.
That is the whole point though. She was the only one to have written books involving her characters. That made things even more special. Now that this door is opened, who knows how many authors are going to get a chance to write "a Christie". Also, Christie's name is still on the front of the book i nreally big letters, that is something that is not right.
I have just finished reading chapter one of The Monogram Murders. To me it was dull and inauthentic, and Sophie Hannah's style is terribly irritating. I was fed up with all that Flyaway Hair, Flyaway Hair, Flyaway Hair by page 10.
Frankly I couldn't care less what happens in chapter two. I'd rather stick pins in my eyes than read any further.
I have read the new Poirot book and quite enjoyed it naturally it is not Christie but it is a good mystery written from a different perspective and because Poirot is for a short time absent from his own home it give shope that he will return and in future books Mtiss Lemon and theothers like Japp and Hastings may come along again.
One point of note sh has Poirot breaking into the French language a lot more than necessary sometimes to people who clearly would not understand what is said but they agree...
It was obvious in chapter one that Sophie Hannah was going to be tiresome by showing off how much French she knows. Agatha Christie was far too intelligent to patronise her readers in that way.
I completed the first, downloadable, chapter. It was different, but enjoyable nonetheless. If read from a purists' stance, anything Hannah wrote would offend an aficionado's sensibilities. While a person who has not read or heard of Agatha Christie- they do exist!- would suffer a disservice by being introduced to AC through this book.
So far the chapter on its own is commendable and has not overstayed its welcome.
If Purists are going to be offended by the book and people who have never heard of Agatha Christie would suffer a disservice being introduced to Agatha Christie through this book you must surely come to the conclusion that Hannah should have created her own Character, On Commercial Point of view, I would have thought f she wanted to get people on side she would have had Hastings, Japp, Miss Lemon, Ariadne, Battle, Spence or even Colonel Raced appear in the Book but I haven't read it and will only read it if given it as a present or in the unlikely event I buy a Kindle so please correct me if there are mnore than just Poirot as a Christie Recurring Character in the book.