Congratulations to Guy Fraser-Sampson whose new novel, ‘Miss Christie Regrets’, the second in the Hampstead Murders series is out today. Agatha Christie herself plays a key part in this book so it’s really nice that it has been published on her death anniversary. Makes it kind of special don’t you think. I would like to thank Matthew Smith of Urbane Publications for sending me a proof copy to review.
The story itself opens with a death at an iconic local venue, certainly not something you would expect on a day out. A police investigation commences and it seems that there could be a connection with an unsolved murder featuring Cold War betrayals. But is it just pure coincidence or is there more than meets the eye? It soon emerges that none other than Agatha Christie herself may be the key witness who is able to provide the missing link.
I really enjoyed ‘Death in Profile’, the first book in the series and was looking forward to reading ‘Miss Christie Regrets’. I like Guy Fraser-Sampson’s style of writing. He has such a wonderful and elegant way with words.
You should definitely read ‘Death in Profile’ first in order to get the full benefit of this book as a couple of the storylines are ongoing. It was really nice meeting some of the characters from the previous novel again. I was just dying to know how things were going to develop for DS Karen Willis.
Just as with the first book I enjoyed reading about the police procedurals and I actually felt as if I learnt something. I think it’s ironic that Agatha Christie who wrote all those detective novels should now be mentioned in another author’s book. I mean what a brilliant idea! I reckon that she would have been quite touched with being mentioned in ‘Miss Christie Regrets’.
‘Miss Christie Regrets’ is a classic whodunit, Golden Age crime fiction at its best. It is perfect for people who like reading cosy crime. I actually think that the Hampstead Murders novels would make a really good TV series and I hope it is considered.
The third book in the series, ‘A Whiff of Cyanide’ is due to be published this summer and I eagerly await it.
I give this book 4 out of 5.
‘Miss Christie Regrets’ is available to buy from:-
Urbane Publications – http://urbanepublications.com/books/miss-christie-regrets/