Thursday, October 9, 2014

New Agatha Christie Books by Sophie Hannah

Last month, September 9th, the Hercule Poiret Mystery series by legendary Agatha Christie, resurfaced with a new twist. Written by dire fan and international best-selling author, Sophie Hannah, The Monogram Murders has become the next collectible book in the series. Set in 1920s London, this thought-twisting, heart-wrenching novel is bound to leave Agatha Christie fans baffled once again and new readers itching for more.

It's been thirty-nine years since the last book in the series was published, and this is the first time ever that Christie's family has allowed the publication of a continuation novel. Known as one of the biggest international publishing events of 2014, it's planned to be published in over 35 countries.

The author, Sophie Hannah, is a British novelist and poet. She has been a long-time fan of Agatha Christie since the age of 13 when she became addicted to psychological thrillers. In 2013, her novel, The Carrier, was the winner of the Crime Thriller of the Year award. She has also had novels adapted for television, and has been the recipient of other awards as well.

Agatha Christie (September 15, 1880 - January 12, 1976) was a n iconic crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She was also the author of six romance novels. She has written numerous works, two of which Cosimo is proud to offer, and is recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling novelist of all time. 

First published in 1920, The Mysterious Affair at Styles was Agatha Christie's first novel. It introduced the world to Hercule Poirot, Christie's Belgian detective, who would go on to be featured in 39 of her novels. The mystery begins with the death of Emily Inglethorp at Styles, a manor in the English countryside. Captain Hastings, a guest at the house, calls upon his friend Poirot to help investigate. The obvious suspect is Emily's husband, who stood to inherit a large fortune upon her death. But the timeline doesn't quite work out, and Poirot must delve further into the lives and motivations of the family living at Styles to uncover who could have poisoned Emily with strychnine and why.

The grand dame of the cozy English murder mystery, Agatha Christie introduced Tommy and Tuppence, her duo of likeable upper-class detectives, in this 1922 novel, her second book. International intrigue, secret treaties, disguises, and blackmail follow this roguishly charming 1920s couple in their globetrotting quest to unravel the riddle of their disappearing client, disappearing diplomatic papers, and a devious plot that goes back to the sinking of the Lusitania. Beloved by Christie fans for their innocence and pluck, Tommy and Tuppence are a delight to spend quality crime-fighting time with.

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