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Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie

Murder in Mesopotamia (original 1936; edition 1971)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:Murder in Mesopotamia
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Fontana (1971), Paperback
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Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie (1936)

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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 |
Amazing. Once again, Agatha proves to me that she's the best! ( )
  InnahLovesYou | May 2, 2018 |
Poirot, on his way home to England after solving the Murder on the Orient Express, is drawn into a curious case in Iraq. The wife of an American archaeologist has been murdered after months of receiving threatening letters purporting to have come from her first husband, who was executed as a spy. Or was he? The story is told in the voice of a young English nurse who was brought to the dig as a companion for the now-murdered wife. It's amusing to read her views of Poirot change from "eww, weirdo" to "ooh, smarty-pants", and she's enough of an outsider to the suspects (having begun working for the wife a week or so earlier) to be an effective stand-in for the reader. The final solution isn't one of Dame Agatha's super-twisty ones, but I'm sure she needed a mental break after pulling Orient Express out of her skull just one book earlier. ( )
  rosalita | Nov 15, 2017 |
I decided one day that I should start listening to audiobooks while driving, at the gym, doing household chores, etc. I had always wanted to read Agatha Christie, so I started there pretty much on a whim.

This novel is part of the Poirot series of detective novels.

It's difficult to review a mystery without giving spoilers and I never write spoilers in reviews, so I'll just say that I enjoyed getting to know Poirot and his friends better and I loved hearing how the story unfolded in the end. ( )
  ktlavender | Jul 17, 2017 |
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Adams, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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