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Sylvia Staude über die Rückkehr verstorbener Krimi- und Thrillerhelden
»Nach James Bonds Wiederkehr in Romanform (William Boyd, Solo), nach Nikolai Hels (der Kampfkunst-Killer-Agent aus Trevanians Shibumi) Wiederauferstehung mit Hilfe von Don Winslow (Satori), hat sich nun die englische Autorin Sophie Hannah darangemacht, Hercule Poirot neues Papierleben einzuhauchen (Die Monogramm-Morde).«
— Sylvia Staude

Die Zombies kommen: Syliva Staude befürchtet angesichts der Rückkehr verstorbener Krimi- und Thrillerhelden Schlimmes. In ihre Glosse bei fr-online.de beschäftigt sie sich unter anderem mit dem Roman Die Monogramm-Morde von Sophie Hannah, in dem die Autorin Agatha Christies Hercule Poirot wiederauferstehen lässt.

»Christie famously called Poirot a «detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep,» a string of adjectives so often quoted it’s difficult to find their original source. Her exhaustion with the character is apparent, though. Poirot first appeared in her 1920 novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and by 1936 —14 books later — Christie grew frustrated enough to insert a version of herself into the story.«

Molly McArdle

Tidy little man: Molly McArdle with a worth reading portrait about Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective created by Agatha Christie. Her essay A Time-Lapse Detective: 25 Years of Agatha Christie’s ‚Poirot‘ at Los Angeles Review of Books.

»I know some people will say, ›Once a writer’s dead, leave their characters alone.‹ But so many famous dead writers are having this done – James Bond, Sherlock Holmes – it becomes a kind of weird omission if Agatha Christie doesn’t have that done for her. It almost feels it needs to be done. I think it is great that beloved characters from fiction don’t have to die.«

Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is to write a new Herucle Poirot novel 93 years after Agatha Christie first introduced him in The Mysterious Affair at Styles and 38 years after she killed him off in Curtain. Mark Brown reports at The Guardian.