Miss Christie Regrets by Fraser-Sampson Guy
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 a 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 predecessor 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. Yet as the ending hints has the full story really been told? 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'.