LONDON -- Hercule Poirot, the meticulous, mustachioed detective invented by legendary crime writer
The mystery, as yet untitled, will be written by Sophie Hannah, a successful crime writer, in time for publication in September 2014.
In a statement Wednesday on the official Agatha Christie website, Mathew Prichard, Christie's grandson and guardian of his grandmother's estate, announced that "serendipity" had led to the choice of Hannah to write the new Poirot book, "the first ever Agatha Christie continuation novel."
"Her agent happened to approach HarperCollins (Christie's publishers) in exactly the same week that my colleagues and I had started discussing a new Christie book," Prichard says. Hannah's compelling plot line and strong passion for Christie's work convinced them.
According to the website, Hannah, a writer of psychological thrillers with twisted plots, is a Christie devotee.
"Agatha Christie was the writer who made me fall in love with mystery fiction, at the age of 13," she says. "I read and collected all her novels within a year, and have been a passionately -- some might even say obsessively -- devoted fan ever since."