- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Facsimile edition edition (5 Feb. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007234449
- ISBN-13: 978-0007234448
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.6 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 639,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Murder in Mesopotamia (Poirot) Hardcover – Facsimile, 5 Feb 2007
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"As good as anything Mrs. Christie has yet given us."--"Daily Mail" (London)
"I've been reading Agatha Christie for more years than I care to admit, and I am still rereading her."--Elizabeth Peters, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Amelia Peabody novels
I ve been reading Agatha Christie for more years than I care to admit, and I am still rereading her. --Elizabeth Peters, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Amelia Peabody novels"
As good as anything Mrs. Christie has yet given us. --"Daily Mail" (London)" --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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?--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition. See all Product Description
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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.
To me, this is far from Christie's best work. With a solution so convoluted that it defies credibility. And a murder method so not-guaranteed of success that it beggared belief. So much so that any murderer entertaining it for more than a moment would deserve the gallows for his halfwittedness alone.
The first third or so drags uncharacteristically. Written in the first-person by a minor character who is as much an onlooker as a participant in events, it's an unusual format too, but that didn't affect the story's quality. With this one I really do feel that Christie way-overreached the bounds of - everything really. The book itself has a number of typesetting errors, which I haven't noticed in others but those weren't sufficiently numerous to rankle overmuch.
An annoying feature of so many of these books is having a culprit who (at the finale-always-compulsory-assembly of all possible perpetrators) bows to the detective's sleuthing rather than just deny everything. So very many of them in Christie hoodunnits do just that, when outright denial would most likely mean that the reasoning used to work out the solution would in itself not prove a full suite of proof necessary to convict.
In this one, Poirot's reasoning was quite unbelievable and so in my mind Christie failed to carry things through in her usual way.
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