Hercule Poirot is being resurrected for a new novel after Agatha Christie's family signed up poet-turned crime writer Sophie Hannah to breathe new life into the Belgian detective.
The as yet untitled book, which will be published next September, comes more than 90 years after Christie introduced Poirot in her first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles.
Hannah, whose psychological crime fiction is published in 24 countries, said Christie was the writer who made her "fall in love with mystery fiction" when she was 13.
Two of the Cambridge-based writer's novels have been adapted for television and her poetry collection, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 T S Eliot Award.
Christie, who died in 1976, has sold more than two billion books which have been adapted countless times for the stage, television and film.
Poirot is not the first fictional character to develop a life after the death of their creator - a new Jeeves and Wooster novel is due out this year written by Sebastian Faulks, who is one of several writers to pen a James Bond novel.
Watch ITV News Anglia's full interview with crime writer Sophie Hannah: