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Rene Hasekamp

I read books (and place a review here afterwards) in the following categories Mystery/Detective, British literature (mostly older books, from Gutenberg.org), Adventure, some Dutch lieterature and more.

My top favorite writers are John Galsworthy, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, but among my five-star reviews you will also find (debuts of) contemporary writers. A recent example is Gillian Flynn. I mostly read ebooks.


Currently reading

King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life's Work
Dominic Faulder, Nicholas Grossman
Progress: 96/400 pages
The Jacques Futrelle Megapack: 47 Tales of the Thinking Machine and Others
Jacques Futrelle
Progress: 905/1417 pages

Almost a real Poirot

The Monogram Murders -  Agatha Christie, Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah wrote a very acceptable Poirot novel. The story is good, though a bit complicated,  and Poirot behaves like he always did. 

The story has enough twists, almost too many. I was quite wrong when I thought I understood the plot when I was almost halfway. At that stage my ideas were in line with all the facts given so far,  but apparently there was a better solution, as found by Poirot. 

It is a bit strange to read a brand new Poirot novel in 2014, but in my opinion Sophie Hannah did a good job. She invented a different "side kick" than Hastings, but that did not disturb me. I would enjoy more of her Poirot!