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Sophie Hannah

Author of The Monogram Murders

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About the Author

Sophie Hannah was born in 1971 in Manchester, England. She is a bestselling, award-winning poet. Hannah went to the University of Manchester and published her first book of poems, The Hero and the Girl Next Door, at the age of 24. In 2004 she won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short show more Story Competition for her psychological suspense story, The Octopus Nest. Hannah was recently chosen by Agatha Christie's estate to resurrect her beloved detective, Hercule Poirot. Her subsequent novel, The Monogram Murders, was published in 2014. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Includes the names: Sophie Hanah, Sophie Hannah


Works by Sophie Hannah

The Monogram Murders (2014) 1,293 copies
Little Face (2006) 992 copies
The Wrong Mother (2008) 943 copies
Closed Casket (2016) 778 copies
Hurting Distance (2007) 692 copies
The Other Half Lives (2009) 583 copies
A Room Swept White (2010) 472 copies
Perfect Little Children (2020) 433 copies
Lasting Damage (2011) 381 copies
The Telling Error (2015) 379 copies
Kind of Cruel (2012) 362 copies
A Game for All the Family (2015) 343 copies
Did You See Melody? (2017) 301 copies
The Carrier (2013) 217 copies
The Orphan Choir (2013) 168 copies
The Next to Die (2019) 142 copies
The Couple at the Table (2022) 131 copies
The Narrow Bed (2016) 93 copies
Pessimism for Beginners (2007) 47 copies
The Understudy (2019) 35 copies
The Couple at the Table (2023) 34 copies
Selected Poems (2006) 27 copies
Cordial and Corrosive (2000) 22 copies
The Poetry of Sex (2014) 22 copies
First of the Last Chances (2003) 21 copies
Deadlier: 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women (2017) — Editor; Contributor — 19 copies
The Warning (2015) 19 copies
The Superpower of Love (2002) 19 copies
Hotels Like Houses (1996) 17 copies
Gripless (1999) 14 copies
The Octopus Nest (2014) 12 copies
Leaving and Leaving You (1999) 10 copies
Thirteen Poems of Revenge (2012) 3 copies
Elnémult babaszobák (2015) 1 copy
Blikket fanger (2014) 1 copy
Allerlei 1 copy

Associated Works

After the Funeral (1953) — Introduction, some editions — 3,902 copies
The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My (1952) — Translator, some editions — 439 copies
Who Will Comfort Toffle? A Tale of Moomin Valley (1960) — Translator, some editions — 371 copies
A Spot of Folly: Ten and a Quarter New Tales of Murder and Mayhem (2017) — Introduction, some editions — 58 copies
The Double Clue and Other Hercule Poirot Stories (2016) — Introduction, some editions — 45 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 7 (2010) — Contributor — 38 copies
I Am Heathcliff: Stories Inspired by Wuthering Heights (2018) — Contributor — 25 copies
Three-A-Penny (2019) — Introduction, some editions — 13 copies
Original Sins (2010) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing (2012) — Contributor — 10 copies
The Penguin Book of Crime Stories, Volume II (2010) — Contributor — 9 copies


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Hannah, Sophie
Country (for map)
England, UK
Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Places of residence
Manchester, England, UK
West Yorkshire, England, UK
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Beaver Road Primary School, Didsbury, England, UK
University of Manchester
Geras, Norman (father)
Geras, Adéle (mother)
Peter Straus (Rogers, Coleridge and White)
Short biography
Sophie Hannah is a best-selling, award-winning poet. Her latest collection, First of the Last Chances, was chosen for the Poetry Book Society's Next Generation promotion in June 2004. She regularly performs her poetry to live audiences nationwide and abroad, and recently won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her psychological suspense story The Octopus Nest. Little Face is her first psychological crime novel. Sophie lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and two children.
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As this book went on I kept concocting my own increasingly wild theories about what might be happening but in the end none of them actually came close to the real answers.
deborahee | 25 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
I feel like I've been mis-sold goods here. Presented as a mystery, this introduces the author and assigns the reader the role of sidekick in the investigation of a mystery - the mystery of happiness. So far so intriguing. However from here it falls down hill rapidly an with one exception, stays unexceptional. The author chooses to give chapter after chapter containing conversations with life coaches 7 therapists - and I genuinely have no idea who was saying what, as it was all read in the same voice. So the conversation is received as a monologue which makes no sense as I can't tell who is voicing which opinion. The one interesting element was the idea of the 65 days, where you assign an item to do on each of 65 days in a year, that would bear expansion. The surmise of the mystery novel wrapping resurfaces at the end with a denouement and a twist, but it is too little too late to make this work as an investigation.
It could have done with a more thorough exploration of the philosophies of thought and happiness and less fan girl enthusiasm for an American life coach. If you're fan of self help, well it might appeal, if not, save yourself the time.
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Helenliz | Feb 8, 2024 |
Good detective novel but a little bit too verbose. One thing that also bothered me is that I don't recall Poirot to be so condescending when talking to police inspectors - he always had that aura of superiority around him but cannot remember him (in novels, movies and TV shows) as being so ... arrogant would be the word I guess.

But all in all interesting plot and story.
Zare | 71 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
First book by Sophie Hannah in Agatha Christie's "world" so to speak - [b: The Monogram Murders|19367226|The Monogram Murders (New Hercule Poirot Mysteries, #1)|Sophie Hannah|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1407106060l/19367226._SY75_.jpg|27431535] -was OK for me but way too verbose. Also Poirot was a character at constant odds with the police in that story - I know he considers himself to be the best but he was never that dismissive of police.

Now this book is different - both writing and characters are much more like to what I remember from Agatha Christie's novels. We even get inspector Catchpool (also character from the "The Monogram Murders") playing more active [and dare I say more intelligent] role.

Story is standard whodunit taking place in old family house (this time in Republic of Ireland and not in UK). All the characters involved are very very mixed party of people. As expected everyone has some-grudge-or-other against their relatives and friends living with them in that very same house. Both Poirot and Catchpool very soon figure out that their role is to actually prevent the murder but that is very difficult when they do not know who is in danger.

Enjoyable book and I have good feeling that future novels by Sophie Hannah about Poirot (or any other Agatha Christie's character) will only get better.

Recommended to [old school :) ] crime-fiction aficionados.
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Zare | 31 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |



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