Author Guy Fraser-Sampson
Publisher Urbane Publications
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review
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’.
What did I think?
‘Miss Christie Regrets’ is the second book in the Hampstead Murders series and it is a book I’ve been looking forward too since I read and reviewed ‘Death In Profile‘. Guy Fraser-Sampson is a rarity of the book world today as he focuses on the ‘Golden Age’ of detective work, a true police procedural book through and through.
I do feel that if you haven’t read the first book in the series then ‘Miss Christie Regrets’ may leave you with a few questions of what happened initially…it’s a good excuse to read both books! It has everything you want from a good book, it’s got a rather confusing love triangle and a great whodunit to keep you guessing and to keep those pages turning.
I love how guy based ‘Miss Christie Regrets’ against one of the most famous detective writers, Agatha Christie. I think this adds such a uniqueness to the story and it also makes you feel that you’re having some sort of insight to her life and where she found inspiration for her stories. Guy really excels in painting scenes that you can imagine and he makes it seem effortless.
Much like ‘Death in Profile’ it kept me entertained, it kept me guessing and most importantly Guy’s work upped my rating by one heart…so no more room for improvement in my eyes! I cannot wait for ‘A Whiff of Cyanide’ to be released in summer as I need another dose of the Hampstead Murders in my life already!
My Rating? ♥♥♥♥♥
Will you be adding this to your TBR pile?