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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. As a fan of Agatha Christie I’m curious to try these by Sophie Hannah. I was actually thinking of re-reading some of my Christie novels but trying these might be a better idea.

    1. Thanks, Mary. I haven’t read the first two, but they seem to have been fairly well-received. You might want to check a sample to see if the writing style suits you or not. The two I’ve read are quite elaborate and keep the grey cells going, so not bad as light entertainment. Have a great week.

  2. Nice review! The Killings at Kingfisher Hill needs to go on my Christmas wish list.:-)

    1. Thanks, Priscilla. I think it would fit the bill for light reading over Christmas, not too taxing. Enjoy the week.

  3. I am a fan of Hercule Poirot, Olga. I do like the sound of this. Aggie didn’t go into a lot of depth in her books either, did she?

    1. No, you’re right. I think that’s probably one of the reasons why her books have remained popular. You can easily transport her plots to any era or recreate them with slightly different characters, and they still work quite well. Who doesn’t enjoy a puzzle? I wonder what you’ll make of Hannah’s version of Poirot, Robbie. Enjoy the rest of the week.

  4. I’m sure these are great but…. so far, I’ve been very disappointed with these types of fan fiction novels, on the whole.

    1. Thanks, Davida. It’s my understanding that the writer has been commissioned by the Agatha Christie trust, so I’m not sure if it can be called fan fiction as such. I imagine they must have picked her because they thought she might fit in well with the project. It is quite common with popular series after the writer has passed away (I think there are quite a few James Bond ones as well), but I’ve read quite a few variations on Jane Austen’s novels, for instance, some more successful than others, so I know what you mean. This one is not an extraordinary novel, but I found it entertaining, although I’m not an expert on Christie. Enjoy the week.

      1. Ah… I didn’t realize that she was commissioned for these books, so I guess that’s a bit different than fan fiction. Thanks.

        1. Fans might not always agree with the copyright owners on their choices, but they usually commission authors who are already known for their writing in the genre. Fan fiction has become a big genre in its own right, that’s for sure. 🙂

  5. He is certainly my favourite fictional detective, but I would have to be convinced they have the same feel as the Christie novels I read in my youth. Since the TV series, I can never imagine Poirot as anyone else but David Suchet now.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. You might want to try a sample of the novel and see what you feel. I also imagine David Suchet in the part, and I must say I imagined him as I read the novel. Have a fabulous week.

      1. Thanks, olga. I am glad the comment finally got through, despite the glitch.
        Best wishes, Pete.

        1. Good news indeed, Pete. Whatever was happening seems to have been sorted for now. I hope your blog remains well. Take care. ♥

  6. dgkaye says:

    Wonderful review Olga, and intriguing. You’ve got my pile pretty high as it is lol. Hope all is well with you <3

    1. Thanks, Debby. We’re fine although remain cautious. We shall see. My pile is growing as well, thanks to you among other wonderful bloggers and reviewers. Take lots of care. 🙂

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks my friend. 🙂 x

  7. How fun to have this classic character continue his adventures. Great review, Olga. And congrats to Sophie on the book. Fun, twisty, and light sounds like a great choice. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Diana. It is a fun book, for sure. And good luck with your book launch! It looks and sounds fabulous!

  8. Hi Olga, Thanks for this very insightful review. I’ve read nearly every Agatha Christie book in my younger days, so I must take a look at this. Toni x

    1. I’d be curious to know what you think, Toni. It’s been quite a while since I’ve read one of her novels, although I’ve read some of her short stories more recently. Enjoy your reading.

  9. Olga, you certainly make the book sound good. I’m just not sure how I feel about anyone using a character created by someone else. In one way I’m sure it is a huge compliment. And as others have said, a way to keep a beloved character going. Marvelous review. I see that I’ve fallen behind on your posts. I must catch up. 🙂 I hope your September has been wonderful so far. Hugs on the wing.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Don’t worry about catching up. I know you’re very busy at the moment. I guess when the people looking after the author’s legacy commission somebody to write more novels, most authors who love the original novels would be keen on the challenge. I am not sure I’d dare myself, but I enjoyed it. I must try to read one of the author’s other novels, to see what I feel about it. Have a good weekend. Big hugs.

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