The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah was one of the most anticipated novels of 2014.
For the first time since Christie's demise, the guardians of her legacy approved of a new novel featuring Hercule Poirot.
I am a big fan of Poirot and Agatha Christie in general, but I was rather hesitant to read the new novel.
Having a quick browse in Sainsbury's before our trip to Cornwall, I picked The Monogram Murders to take with me on our holiday.
A new book, coffee and something sweet as a treat, that's a perfect holiday arrangement.
The set up was pretty clever - three corpses are discovered in different rooms of the London hotel. Each of them has a monogrammed cufflink placed inside their mouth.
Poirot has got a new sidekick, who is so squeamish, you'd think he's in the wrong profession. He's also not particularly intelligent.
As a holiday read, it was quite enjoyable, though the plot is totally convoluted. I'm not sure I even understood all the whys, not that I care.
There wasn't much food-wise going on, apart from delicious scones served in the hotel. And coffee, lots of it.
"Oh yes, I'm often there for the afternoon tea. Lazzari, the manager - he's a darling. They're famous for their scones, you know - the best in London. I'm sorry..." She broke off. "I don't mean to babble about scones if three people have really been murdered. That's terrible. I don't see what it has to do with me, though".
For the classic scone recipe I consulted BBCGoodFood site (<----for the recipe follow the link).
I have reduced the amount of milk to 150ml and added a handful of jumbo raisins and cranberries.
I don't know whether these scones could compete with the winning ones from The Monogram Murders, but they were pretty good.
We love Rodda's clotted cream, it is so luxurious. And strawberry prosecco jam which I made just last week is also a perfect flavour to go with the scones and cream.
Ideally they should be served with a cup of refreshing tea, but as we're talking about a coffee addict Poirot, we had an afternoon coffee instead.
Did you read The Monogram Murders? What did you think of it?