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Murder in Mesopotamia Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1984


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Pub Group; Paperback. Edge Cover Wear spine Lean edition (Jun. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425067912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425067918
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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"Smooth, highly original and completely absorbing" New York Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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When nurse Amy Leatheran agrees to look after 'Lovely Louise', wife of celebrated archaeologist Dr Leidner, at a dig near Hassanieh she finds herself taking on more than just nursing duties - she also has to help solve murders. Shortly after Louise confides in Amy that she has received anonymous letters and is afraid of being murdered she is found clubbed to death.

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Sept. 2012
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This is one of Christie's most enjoyable novels. Written from the point of view of Amy Leatheran, a competent and no-nonsense nurse, who travels to Baghdad with a mother and her infant and is due to return to England when she is offered another job. Dr Leidner is an archeologist and recently there has been a certain uncomfortable atmosphere at the dig where he is working. His beautiful wife Louise has 'fancies' and, as Amy is keen to see more of the country, she is engaged to look after her. Indeed, when Amy does reach the dig, she finds the group are a shade too formal with each other and it soon transpires that Louise is nervous for a reason, "I'm afraid of being killed..."

Of course, Christie's second husband was an archeologist and, as she accompanied him often, there is an air of authenticity about this novel which gives the book real flavour. Although I agree with other reviewers that it is almost impossible to solve the murder, it is best to simply sit back and enjoy this excellent novel. When murder does occur the local police call in an expert that is passing through - a certain M. Poirot. At first Amy thinks it is unlikely Poirot can help, finding him comical. However, by the end she realises how she has underestimated him and his chilling words, "murder becomes a habit" become prophetic. Overall, this is an excellent mystery and one of Poirot's most brilliant cases.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. J. Pearce on 22 Sept. 2003
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This is the first Agatha Christie I ever read and it was enough - I have since read every book and am a big fan. This is the story of a murder at an archeological dig - it's the classic Christie plot where it can only be one of a certain group who committed the murder and you get to know the whole group well through the book. There are the usual red herrings and when you reach the end you wonder how you could have missed the clues showing you who the murdered was - although as she often does there are a few held back until the very end. She misdirects you cleverly so,as usual, you miss what at the end seems obvious. I highly recommend this to all fans or those thinking of trying a Christie for the first time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kate_crossland@another.com on 12 April 2001
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This is one of the first Poirots I heard on tape, and it it truly enjoyable to listen to, as it is all brought to life. It can liven up a car journey or being alone in the house - whatever the occasion, I recommend this tape.
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By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 April 2008
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Married to an archaeologist working in the Iraqi desert, author Agatha Christie knew the Baghdad area well and was familiar with the procedures which archaeologists follow in doing excavations. An aura of reality therefore surrounds this mystery which she sets in Tel Yarimyah on a desert dig, not in the usual closed room of a country house. Amy Leatheren, a nurse, has been hired by Dr. Eric Leidner, the director, to be a temporary companion to his wife Louise. Louise, alternately described as a "female Iago" and as "La Belle Dame Sans Merci," has received written death threats from her first husband, long thought to be dead, and she fears for her life.

The murder of Louise coincides with a trip through the east being taken by Hercule Poirot, and he is soon called in. Here the mystery becomes typical Christie. The body has been found in a closed room of Louise's living quarters, the door locked. All the suspects have alibis, and the servants on guard swear that no one has come into the area from outside. Poirot engages the help of Amy Leatheren in sorting out who likes and who hates Louise Leidner and who might not have a legitimate alibi. Red herrings galore keep the reader occupied--love affairs, flirtations, suggestions the treasures in storage room may have been tampered with, and jealousy.

When the murder is solved, Poirot gathers all the people from the dig into one room, where he goes through the evidence on a point by point basis, then announces a new twist for which there had been no prior evidence in the story. The characters, though wooden, have some interesting traits which keep the reader occupied, and the story is intriguing.
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By Jim J-R on 6 April 2011
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This is a really refreshing different setting for a Hercule Poirot novel, set as it is at an archaeological dig, where the wife of the dig leader is found murdered. The book is narrated by one of the characters close to the events, the victim's nurse, and tells the story of her time at the dig and helping Poirot in his investigations.

It's certainly one of the most engaging of the series that I've read recently, and I think it's just the new setting that makes this difference. The cast of characters is as usual quite large and all of them are potential suspects - I must confess that I fell for some of the blatant red herrings and didn't see the solution coming.

Poirot is left a bit of a mystery himself in this - the narrator is not familiar with him or his ways and so his appearance is quite limited to selected scenes, and it seems a little coincidental that he is there at all. I feel that it would have worked without his inclusion with one of the other characters taking the lead investigative role. Generally my feeling is that a book in a series should justify itself as being a story that could not be told if it were not, and this novel fails that test.

However I did enjoy it, and feel that at this point in the Christie canon things seem to be picking up after a bit of a dry patch. Looking forward to reading more.
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