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Adventure and mystery in Christie's favoured Middle East
on 3 October 2001
This is a Christie book which differs from the majority of her work. Most obviously, the main character is not one of her famous personalities - Poirot, Marple, Tommy and Tuppence. Furthermore, instead of murder committed in the middle of someone's ordinary life, as so many of her stories are shaped, this book tells of a heroine who goes looking for excitement, romance and foreign adventure. She finds herself in a strange land, surrounded by unfamiliar faces and much that she sees but does not understand. When a murder occurs it seems so in keeping with the sinister atmosphere created by Christie that it does not stand out. It is just one of many mysteries to be solved.
This was a very easy read, enjoyable whilst it lasted, but easily forgettable, unlike some of her other books.