Cambridge author Sophie Hannah chosen to write new Hercule Poirot novel

Cambridge author Sophie Hannah has been chosen to write the new Hercule Poirot novel.

Author Sophie Hannah will write the book called ‘Hercule Poirot’s Silent Night’ based in Norfolk that sees the Belgian detective investigate the murder of a man in a local hospital.

After being chosen Miss Hannah said, “I don’t think anyone can really step into her [Agatha Christie’s] shoes, she will always be the reigning queen of crime.”

She said that she felt like “Poirot’s sidekick” after being asked to a new Agatha Christie novel.

Crime writer and poet Sophie Hannah admitted that she was also a “superfan” of the prolific author Agatha Christie.

“But what I saw my job as being was to create new challenging, exciting, fascinating mystery puzzles for Hercule Poirot to solve.” she added

The opportunity to write the novel came during a meeting between Ms Hannah’s literary agent and publishers Harper Collins, when her name was suggested.