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Murder in Mesopotamia (Hercule Poirot #14)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  23,901 Ratings  ·  861 Reviews
It was clear to Amy that something sinister was going on at the Hassaneih dig; something associated with the presence of "Lovely Louise", wife of archaeologist, Dr Leidner. But with Louise suffering from terrifying hallucinations, Poirot might just be too late.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 1962 by Fontana (first published July 6th 1936)
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Aimee
Jun 17, 2007 Aimee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha_christie
Agatha Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan in 1930 (she was 40, he was only 26 -- Go Agatha!) and thereafter spent months at a time every year (with the exception of some years during WWII) in the Middle East on digs. She wrote many of her novels in a small mud closet with only a card table to hold her typewriter and a wooden chair to sit on. The locals actually considered her very extravagant for this. She also helped clean, sketch and photograph the artifacts they uncovered.

As she had
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MTK
Mar 26, 2017 MTK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Από τα αγαπημένα μου. Πολύ έξυπνη εκδοχή του μυστηρίου του "κλειστού δωματίου", ενδιαφέροντες χαρακτήρες και μια απολαυστική αφηγήτρια με δηκτικό χιούμορ.
Jaya
Looks like am on my annual Christie's pilgrimage. Re-living and loving my most favourite ones. I have lost count how many times iv read this one, a great example of a crime passionnel. The first time I read this story, it touched my teenager soul. I suppose after a decade and a half my not so naive soul still isn't immune to it :D
All the stars and a few more to this one.


P.S: In the end of the story Poirot says, he plans for a restful journey of peace and quite on The Orient Express. Hah! Lot tha
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Jenny
May 13, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 προς 4*

Η πρώτη περιπέτεια με τον Ηρακλή Πουαρό που διαβάζω και μου άρεσε πολύ!Η υπόθεση έξυπνη,οι χαρακτήρες ενδιαφέροντες και το βιβλίο καλογραμμένο.Γενικά, ό,τι πρέπει για αστυνομικό.

Είχα μόνο ένα πρόβλημα:είναι γραμμένο σε μορφή απομνημονευμάτων της νοσοκόμας Έιμυ Λέδεραν..η οποία μου φάνηκε άκρως αντιπαθητική!!Ήταν αρκετά ενοχλητικό να βλέπω τα γεγονότα μέσα από τα δικά της μάτια ορισμένες φορές,ειδικά όταν περιέγραφε την ανασκαφή και τα ευρήματα υποτιμητικά.Λίγο ρατσίστρια,λίγο ξερόλα,λ
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Nandakishore Varma
This was one book where I could immediately see who the murderer was, but for the life of me could not guess how it was carried out! But after Poirot explains it all, it seems so logical and obvious.

I also liked the narrator's impersonal, detached voice.
PorshaJo
Your typical Agatha Christie book. The book is quite short and can be completed quickly. I grew up reading Agatha Christie and watching movies based on her books. She doesn't disappoint. I love hearing about the exotic lands that she writes about.

Why not a higher rating? The audio. I want an audio where I hear a narrator read a book to me. Perhaps I'm picky. But this was just like listening to a movie with no picture. There were a cast of characters...eh, narrators. They spoke quickly, often tim
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David Sarkies
May 18, 2016 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Hercule in Iraq
24 May 2016

Well, now that I've learnt a little bit of French I have discovered that Poirot's little sayings make more sense (such as Eh Bein, which means ah good). Okay, it isn't as if the entire book is in French, or that Christie overuses the phrases, but for some reason, until I actually started studying the language Poirot's occasional outbursts were a little meaningless (despite the fact that most of the time logic should probably dictate what those words actually mean, thou
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Mahdi Lotfi
قتل در بینالنهرین کتابی به قلم آگاتا کریستی، جنایی نویس مشهور انگلیسی و نوشته شده در سال ۱۹۷۳ است.
از پرستاری به نام امی لدران دعوت میشود که برای مدتی پرستاری زنی به نام لوئیز لایدنر که همراه همسر باستانشناسش و گروه تحقیقاتی او را در عراق به عهده بگیرد. لایدنر زنی مرموز است که بیشک از مرحوم همسر اول خود که گمان میبرد هنوز زندهاست واهمه دارد. اما این ترس که مورد تمسخر دیگران بوده به حقیقت پیوسته و وی به قتل میرسد. در این میان هرکول پوآرو به میان آمده و این موضوع را پیگیری میکند و... .
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Bobby Underwood
Oct 08, 2014 Bobby Underwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fabulous mystery by Agatha Christie has long been a favorite of mine. It outshines many of her other mysteries due to some wonderful atmosphere and a very likable heroine in Amy Leatheren. Hercule Poirot, though a major force in solving the mystery, almost plays second fiddle at certain points in this most entertaining murder mystery.

Murder in Mesopotamia is an adventure set in an exotic land where a murder occurs. The first half of the book almost has the feel of an M.M. Kaye mystery. Thou
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Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
I loved the absolute crap out of Agatha Christie when I was about 13 and read as many of her books as I could get my hands on. Fast forward twenty (ohgodHOW) years, and I couldn't tell you the plot of any of her books, but I know that Poirot talks a lot about his little grey cells. So there's that.

I picked this one up solely because I'm trying to read books set in 80 different countries this year and I'm lagging dramatically behind, and I figured this one would be a quick way to cross Iraq off
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Kurt
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I just love racist classist proper Agatha Christie. This book involves a murder in the Middle East, but all of the major characters are from Europe or the United States. There are brief references to one local henchman-type, and some menial laborers who are mostly around to irritate the Europeans with their incompetence, but mostly Agatha Christie doesn't like writing about people with dark skin, so she doesn't. The murder in this case is a nice little locked room mystery - a woman who ...more
Shalini
Jul 09, 2009 Shalini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christie fans.
I loved the premise- have always been fascinated by the Orient, the archaeological dig and the languid way of life of Archaeologists family members who accompany them on the dig. So enjoyed this book more for the setting than for the murder mystery.
The murder mystery rates only a 3 star, and it was the usual Christie offering - blackmail, hysterical females, calm collected females, questionable locals, masquerades and a highly improbable solution to a seemingly baffling crime.
Enjoyed the BBC aud
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Nikoleta
Nov 24, 2016 Nikoleta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Πολύ ωραία ιστορία, αλλά για πρώτη φορά σε βιβλίο του Πουαρό, η επίλυση του μυστηρίου δεν με έπεισε.
David Schaafsma
"In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. . .” Poirot recites this Islamic blessing for journies, as we are on a journey to find the name of a killer.

"I joke, mademoiselle," he said, "and I laugh. But there are some things that are no joke. There are things that my profession has taught me. And one of these things, the most terrible thing, is this: murder is a habit. . ."
--Poirot.

Christie’s Middle East Ghost Story for Halloween

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, mar
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nikolaos
Aug 22, 2016 nikolaos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αγκάθα Κρίστι
και Ηρακλής Πουαρώ…
Σταθερή αξία και κλασική αστυνομική λογοτεχνία.
Ένας φόνος γίνεται σε ένα συγκρότημα δωματίων, όπου διαμένει μια ομάδα, που ασχολείται με αρχαιολογικές ανασκαφές. Ποιο είναι το παρελθόν του θύματος;;; Πολύ ύποπτοι μέσα από την ομάδα , αλλά και πιθανότητα ο δράστης να είναι τελικά κι εκτός αυτής…
Μου άρεσε πολύ η σκηνή που ο Πουαρώ , μόλις έχει αναμειχθεί με την υπόθεση , μαζεύει όλη την ομάδα των ανασκαφών και ουσιαστικά τους λέει λίγο-πολύ ότι όλοι είναι ύποπτ
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Henry Avila
On the lonely deserts of Mesopotamia(Iraq),in the 30's ,archaeologists are digging to discover the past.But at the present time,fear is in the air.Even as precious artifacts are found, from the 4th millennium .Looking at the site,it's just a pile of mud and dirt walls,very disappointing to the untrained eye.You would have to be an expert, to get excited. But this is after all,where the first civilization began,7,000 years ago(5,300 B.C.).Between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.The Fertile Cresce ...more
BrokenTune
Dec 28, 2015 BrokenTune rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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?!?!?
Evangelia
Feb 17, 2016 Evangelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-christie
Ωραία υπόθεση, κλασική Άγκαθα Κρίστι. Ίσως να μην είναι από τα αγαπημένα μου αλλά ειναι εξίσου καλό σε δομή και μυστήριο. Βρισκόμαστε στη Μεσοποταμία και οι χαρακτήρες ασχολούνται αρκετά με την αρχαιολογια, το οποίο είναι απορροια της καθημερινότητας πλέον της Άγκαθα, αφού από το '30 είναι παντρεμένη με τον αρχαιολόγο, Μαξ Μαλλοουαν. Επομένως, σε αυτό το βιβλίο βλέπουμε μια διαφορετική τοποθεσία, πιο εξωτική, την οποία χρησιμοποιεί σωστά. Τώρα όσο αφορά την υπόθεση, είναι σχετικά πιο εύκολο να β ...more
Dina
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أحمد هاني
Jan 01, 2017 أحمد هاني rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الرائعة أجاثا كريستي
التي تجعلك تفكر طوال قراءتك لروايتها
تود ان تذهب للنهاية لتعرف صحة استنتاجك والذي بالطبع يكون عادة خطأ
رائعة مشوقة لا تستطيع أن تتوقف حتى تنتهي
من الرائع أنها كاتبة وليست رئيس مؤسسة إجرامية
Meli
Dec 26, 2012 Meli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Descubrí al asesino al toque, me siento Da Doctah :P

Sifat
Apr 27, 2017 Sifat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story. Agatha Christie's stories are always good.

“I joke, mademoiselle," he said, "and I laugh. But there are some things that are no joke. There are things that my profession has taught me. And one of these things, the most terrible thing, is this: murder is a habit...”
― Murder in Mesopotamia
Obsidian
Jan 21, 2015 Obsidian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish that I had liked this one more than I did (I gave it 3.5 stars but Goodreads only gives full stars so I rounded up to a 4). I think the main problem was that the story was told from Amy Leatheran's point of view.

Amy Leatheran speaks in an older voice during the course of this story though she was apparently a young nurse when this story takes place. The foreword was written by Doctor Giles Reilly (another character in the story) who mentions that it was four years ago when these events t
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F.R.
Oct 09, 2009 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first exposure to Hercule Poirot was those films Peter Ustinov made in the seventies and eighties. And I think the aspect which stayed with me the most was the cosmopolitan glamour of it all. Look! – there’s Bette Davis, David Niven and Mia Farrow all sailing down the Nile!

Reading this book though – set in Iraq – I find that Christie was perfectly capable of making Poirot as provincial as Miss Marple. In the introduction she thanks her “many archaeological friends in Iraq and Syria”, but the
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Laurel Hicks
A good one. The female narrator gave this Poirot novel some of the charm of Miss Marple. I enjoyed the literary allusions—Dickens, Wodehouse, Keats, and Hans Christian Andersen.
Sara
Jul 31, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
4 stars

You can never go wrong with Agatha Christie, to be honest. It's my to go author when I'm in a reading slump. They're short, so well written and interesting, and this was no different.

I had a feeling from the start who the culprit was (and I was right), but it was still very interesting to read.

Come on, it's like modern classics. :D
Toni Osborne
Feb 08, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a soft murder story, as a young adult I enjoyed Miss Christie immensely, today I find her style passé and somewhat even boring. I guess in time some develop a taste for more gruesome epics.
Marina Zala
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Kath
Jan 28, 2017 Kath rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bingo-ayl-2017
Bingo Amor y Letras
#1 Situado en Asia, Africa u Oceania

Poirot es maravilloso!, para mi el final fue inesperado y me pareció que el asesin@ fue sumamente calculador o calculadora, inteligente y supo esperar el momento perfecto, era el crimen perfecto de no ser por Poirot.
Rebecca
Ehm.... Not very impressed. From the first did not have that punch.. And the end???? Very very far stretched......
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

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