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Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie

Murder in Mesopotamia (1936)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Hercule Poirot Mystery (14), Hercule Poirot (14)

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It is clear to Amy Leatheran that something sinister is going on at the Hassanieh dig in Iraq; something associated with the presence of 'Lovely Louise', wife of celebrated archaeologist Dr Leidner. In a few days' time Hercule Poirot is due to drop in at the excavation site. But with Louise suffering from terrifying hallucinations, and tension within the group becoming almost unbearable, Poirot might just be too late...… (more)
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An archaeologist's wife is murdered. Only the members of the expedition had access to the entrance to her bedroom at the relevant time. But which one was it?

I felt this one stretched credulity a bit too far. I didn't really believe in the psychological portrait of the victim or that the method would work without a lot of practice. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Aug 26, 2019 |
Christie was very good at familiarizing the reader with the characters and keeping the plot moving forward. This was one of her weakest mysteries in that the method the killer used for the first death was kind of iffy and the revelation of the killer's identity was just too far fetched. ( )
  DanTheReader | Jun 26, 2019 |
Amazing. Once again, Agatha proves to me that she's the best! ( )
  InnahLovesYou | Apr 18, 2019 |
On an archaeological dig, nurse Amy Leatheran encounters murder – and a peculiar Belgian detective.

"Murder in Mesopotamia" is the kind of book that you don’t forget – for both good and bad reasons.

This was one of the first Poirot novels I read, and the one that cemented my love for the detective. It’s all in the setting: Christie had a personal passion for archaeology and for the Middle East, which really came alive in the 1930s as she travelled with her husband, Sir Max Mallowan. Her other examples – "Appointment with Death" and "Death on the Nile" - resound with similar strengths: a powerful sense of atmosphere and a truly vibrant cast of characters, each of whom comes across with believable motives which are only enhanced by the alien setting. Poirot is joyfully out of place in Mesopotamia, and his pairing with Amy Leatheran is lovely. (The strong David Suchet adaptation effectively replaced Amy with Captain Hastings, probably as an apology to poor Hugh Fraser, whose character had to be written out in accordance with the later novels.) Amy functions as a surrogate-Hastings here, but is also interesting on her own accord.

I’d love to give this novel more stars but – without spoiling anything – the solution to the murder is far too complex and contrived to satisfy even the laziest reader. It’s just a real letdown.

[Incidentally, the implication appears to be that, following the events of this novel, Poirot takes his famed ride on the Orient Express...]

Poirot ranking: 25th out of 38 ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
3.5 stars ( )
  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ahmavaara, EeroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Autiovuori, PekkaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Boyd, CaroleNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brückenberg, HansTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Correy, Michael P.Designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crespo, Angel SolerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fontanges, CélineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Franklyn, WilliamNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frederiksen, George A.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gepfert, ElżbietaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Humm, L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Λαζαρίδης, ΤάσοςTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krasnodębska, EwaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moffatt, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nobret, RobertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oliveros, GonçalTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pereira, ArmindaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Postif, LouisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith,Virginia M.Designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Szilágyi TiborTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Teason, W.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thermaenius, EinarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Todd, RichardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Vreeland, MyraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zakrzewski, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The Big Four [and] Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie

Perilous Journeys of Hercule Poirot: Death on the Nile, Murder in Mesopotamia, Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie

Postmark: Murder: A Caribbean Mystery / Nemesis / Murder in Mesopotamia / Appointment With Death by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie Crime Collection: 4:50 from Paddington, Lord Edgware Dies, Murder In Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie

Poirot in the Orient: Murder in Mesopotamia, Death on the Nile, Appointment With Death by Agatha Christie

Murderers Abroad: They Came to Baghdad / Murder in Mesopotamia / The Mystery of the Blue Train / Passenger to Frankfurt / So Many Steps To Death by Agatha Christie

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Dedicated to my many archaeological friends in Iraq and Syria
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