The second in the Hampstead Murders series opens with a sudden death at an iconic local venue, which some of the team believe may be connected with an unsolved murder featuring Cold War betrayals worthy of George Smiley. It soon emerges that none other than Agatha Christie herself may be the key witness who is able to provide the missing link.
As with its bestselling predecessor, Death in Profile, the book develops the lives and loves of the team at ‘Hampstead Nick’. While the next phase of a complicated love triangle plays itself out, the protagonists, struggling to crack not one but two apparently insoluble murders, face issues of national security in working alongside Special Branch.
On one level a classic whodunit, this quirky and intelligent read harks back not only to the world of Agatha Christie, but also to the Cold War thrillers of John Le Carre, making it a worthy successor to Death in Profile which was dubbed ‘a love letter to the detective novel’.
Miss Christie Regrets is the second novel in the Hampstead Murders series, Death In Profile being the first. Personally I don’t think it is paramount to have read the other one first but it does help to get to know the characters better.
I have to say the title of the book grabbed my interest straight away. I’m a big fan of Agatha Christie’s novels so I very much wanted to know how she would fit into a novel that is set years after her death.
Even though the novel is set in current day, the author writes in a style that makes you feel like you could actually be in the same era that Christie’s books are set. Even though it is a crime series it’s more one of mystery and suspense rather than a gritty and thrilling one. It is still very much an enjoyable read though.
I loved the story line of a murder that is some how linked to letters by one of the most famous crime writers herself. It made me as desperate as the police to uncover the truth. I enjoyed the journey of discovery that the author took me on and it was certainly worth the wait in until all was revealed.
Miss Christie Regrets is a highly enjoyable crime novel. It will be a big hit with anyone who enjoys a good ‘whodunnit’. Perfect for readers who love the more intellectual approach in solving crimes.
My thanks to the author and Urbane Publications for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Miss Christie Regrets is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.