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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 (13)

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In Murder in Mesopotamia, Christie takes us again to a location she's very familiar with - an archaeological dig near Hassanieh, Iraq.

To go into the details of this Poirot story would spoil the read for some so I won't.

However, there is one question I have that has driven me nuts every single time I have read or re-read this book:

How did she not know?!?!? ( )
  BrokenTune | Aug 21, 2016 |
This was my first Agatha Christie book, and now I'm hooked! An inevitable murder that kept me guessing right till the end. ( )
  MrLloydSpandex | Mar 25, 2016 |
A cleverly written story which left me guessing until the inevitable moment when Poirot unmasked the murderer. Rather racist in places, perhaps indicative of what Brits were like in the 1930s. Fast-moving and exciting - great light reading. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie - very good

A nice quirk to this particular book is that it's written from the Nurse's perspective rather than Poirot. She is engaged to attend to the wife of an Archeaologist digging in Iraq whose nerves are 'bad'. She thinks her first husband has come back from the dead and will murder her. Of course, everyone thinks she is delusional until she is found dead in her room.....and no one could have entered and committed the crime without being seen!

It just so happens that Poirot will be passing on his way to Baghdad and he is persuaded to call in and investigate.

Of course, if you've seen the TV adaptation, you know what happens, but the nice thing about actually reading the book is that it isn't exactly the same and the way the nurse's attitudes to the people and to Poirot change as the book progresses is nicely played.

As always, reading Agatha Christie, you are reminded why she is still the 'Queen of Crime Writers'. Beautifully done. ( )
  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |

Nurse is called upon to write the murderous history of the archeological dig in Mesopotamia where the people are not whom they seem to be and the Leader of the dig's wife is murdered......

Archaeologist, Dr Lieder (who is devoted to his wife), has hired Nurse , to care for Mrs Leider, who has bouts of nervous terrors. Mrs Leider is not well liked as she does her best to dig at people causing them to hate her.......

Everyone has secrets & jealousies....... However, it is Mrs. Leider with a well hidden past marriage and written death threats from her (assumed) dead husband who is being tormented the most and seems to have the most to hide.

When Mrs Leider is found dead in her room, with no one around to have "done it" and no witnesses, the fantastique Msr. Hercules Poirot (who just happens to be passing through) is called upon to help solve the murder.....

Soon, another murder takes place..... one that silences the one who knows too much. As Monsieur Poirot points out, everyone (including Nurse) is suspect and has reason to want Mrs Lieder dead......

The clues were actually there this time, I just couldn't put them all together......

Once again Dame Agatha had to get a racial slur in at the beginning of the book.... Honestly, I just can't see her reasoning by pointing out her own bigotry; as it isn't entertaining, pertinent to her story/plot, or enjoyable reading. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dedicated to my many archaeological friends in Iraq and Syria
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The events chronicled in this narrative took place some four years ago. (Foreword by Giles Reilly, M.D.)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 157912691X, Hardcover)

When nurse Amy Leatheran agrees to look after American archaeologist Dr Leidner’s wife Louise at a dig near Hassanieh she finds herself taking on more than just nursing duties – she also has to help solve murders. Fortunately for Amy, Hercule Poirot is visiting the excavation site but will the great detective be in time to prevent a multiple murderer from striking again?

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It was clear to Amy Leatheran that something sinister was going on at the Hassanieh dig; something associated with the presence of 'Lovely Louise', wife of celebrated archaeologist, Dr Leidner. In a few days' time Hercule Poirot was 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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