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جريمة في بلاد الرافدين (Hercule Poirot #14)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  18,799 ratings  ·  587 reviews
When nurse Amy Leatheran agrees to look after archaeologist Dr Leidner's wife Louise at a dig, she finds herself taking on more than just nursing duties: she also has to help solve murders. Hercule Poirot is visiting the excavation site but will the great detective be in time to prevent a multiple murderer from striking again?
347 pages
Published by مكتبة جرير (first published 1936)
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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
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
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
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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
Descubrí al asesino al toque, me siento Da Doctah :P

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
The story takes place at an archaeology dig in the Middle East. Dr. Leidner fears that his wife Louise has a bad case of nerves, so he hires Nurse Amy Leatheran to look after her. Louis Leidner fears that someone is coming to kill her. However, Louise is the type of woman who enjoys being in the spotlight, which makes the other expedition staff believe that she is only putting on a show for attention. When Louise is found murdered in her bedroom Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate.
This i
Lembro-me de que quando vi o filme baseado neste livro há uns aninhos atrás, fiquei uns bons dias insegura (leia-se com medo) antes de beber água à noite, não fosse estar a beber ácido por engano, tal foi a forte impressão que o filme me causou.

Claro que agora que comecei a ler os livros da Agatha Christie este era um dos must read, embora me lembrasse de quem era o assassino e do que o levou a enveredar pela vida criminosa (daí a revelação não ter sido chocante, uma vez que não houve efeito sur
Well, lots of suspects and events, it was a little bit complicated and to be honest, I didn't see it coming!!
Agatha Christie kitapları, özellikle Poirot'nun baş karakter olduğu kitapları beni inanılmaz geriyor. Çünkü öyle ki Poirot hepsini toparlayıp olayları anlatana kadar asıl katilin başından beri içlerinde normal davranıp kendini belli etmemesi beni ip gibi geriyor valla, evde en ufak bir çıt sesinde zıplıyorum mesela. Aralarında gayet masummuş gibi davranıyor ve siz öyle bir durumda olsanız napardınız diye düşünüyorsunuz. Zaten yazar da bu olayı karakterlerin ağzından çok iyi anlattığı için ekstra ...more
Toni Osborne
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.
Sara Gonçalves
Que hei-de dizer? Nunca na vida iria suspeitar do assassino!
Agatha Cristie é chamada a Rainha do Crime com toda a razão. É impressionante cada história que ela criou, cada crime, cada assassino... É fantástico.
Dos poucos livros que li da escritora, este não foi dos meus favoritos devido à inactividade da primeira parte - cerca de um terço da história - aquela que decorre até ao assassinato. Claro que é essencial para serem deixadas pistas, mas foi muito parada.
A narradora do livro é uma das pe
Oh how I love Agatha Christie and the famous Hercule Poirot. Murder In Mesopotamia is now officially one of my favorite Agatha Christie mysteries. Why? Because I just simply didn't see the ending coming. Christie was so talented at leading you to look everywhere but at the actual perpetrator. Of course, by saying this I may give something away, but trust me, if you read this you will not be disappointed.

In typical fashion, Hercule Poirot just happens to be passing through when the latest murder
The general story is this: a nurse is hired to look after the wife of an archaeological dig leader. She isn't ill, but she is under the impression that someone is trying to kill her. So the reader won't be surprised (even if everyone else in the story is) when she winds up dead and it appears as though only a member of the dig team could have done it.
I purchased this one at an airport bookstore, and it was just what I needed for airport time as I waited for connections and the flights themselve
I enjoyed reading this book, although it was the second [or may be the third?!!] time I read it; the first time was exactly 40 years ago ! Agatha Christie's "psychological insights", although somewhat naive and stereotyped, are nicely put into the story. This reading drew my attention to certain details apart from the mystery itself, especially Agatha Christie's very conservative views which at times border on narrow-mindedness; and I felt a lot of uneasiness about the many grossly racist remark ...more
I predicted everything all along.

Why would a murderer go through all this trouble to hide his crime, yet confess after the first finger points towards him?
1ª lectura: 27-07-2008
2ª lectura: 23-11-2015

A lo largo de mi infancia/adolescencia son varios los libros de Agatha Christie que fui descubriendo gracias a mis tías (que me los prestaban).
Cuando por fin pude empezar a "elaborar" mi propia "biblioteca" éste fue el primer libro de Agatha Christie que me compré y leí después de mucho tiempo sin paladear a la autora.

Creo que en aquel 2008 me gustó más de lo que lo ha hecho en esta segunda ocasión (a medida que iba avanzando en su lectura record
Brent Soderstrum
I do enjoy Agatha Christie and especially Hercule Poirot the Belgian detective who stars in so many of her novels including this one. However, this result was really beyond believable for me. I won't set out what because I don't want to ruin it. Let's just say the killer was a stretch. Even for Agatha.

This story takes place in Iraq where Dr. Leider is leading a dig. His wife has joined him this year and she is one of those people who make things uncomfortable for those around her. To add to that
Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)

When Nurse Leatheran is called on to look after Loiuse, the wife of Dr. Leidner who is busy in the excavation activities going on at the Hassanieh dig in Iraq, she finds the atmosphere there to be filled with tension and one of impending doom.
"...I dont know what it was exactly...Nobody seemed quite natural. There was a queer atmosphere of tension..."

Loiuse or "Lovely Louise" as the Doctor's wife is called, is said to be afflicted with hallucinations. S
An enjoyable Agatha Christie I had not read before. While it's a Hercule Poirot mystery, the narrator is a one-off character, a sensible, level-headed nurse hired as a companion for a neurotic wealthy American lady who is accompanying her British professor husband on an archaeological dig in Iraq. Poirot doesn't even make an appearance until halfway through the story. Until then we get an interesting inside look at the workings of a 1930s archaeological excavation, complete with class prejudices ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Loads of historical stuff, threats, then murder... I was in suspense all along...
Great murder mystery, I'll recommend good old Poirot to any mystery loving fan...
Jules Goud
Another great novel by Agatha Christie.

This one was really good. The ending was classic Christie with the twist that nobody expects. I didn't figure out who the murderer was until Poirot did me a favour and explained it.

Its novels like this that make me wonder how Agatha Chrisite and other authors come up with the stuff that they write about. Sometimes I'm glad that they are only authors. I can't imagine how they come up with this stuff and I wish I knew their secrets.

Another great Agatha Christ
I've been hunting around to find the book where I read the anecdote to quote for this review and cannot find it. The anecdote recounts a dinner with Agatha & her archaeologist husband Max, sometime in the mid 1960s, and said that never in their life did they have such an intensely uncomfortable dinner and heard more racist spewing in their life. When I find it, will update this review further. Reading that crushed my heart a bit because I love Christie's books but one cannot deny her prejudi ...more
Despite her reputation as master of the English manor mystery, Christie is always best -- as she is here -- when she indulges her uniquely Victorian/colonial sensibilities and ventures outside the Kingdom for some brazenly Orientalist mystery. Iraq and all of its archaeological affectations are the star here, no doubt on account of Christie's own archaeological experiences, but it's hard not to admire the sheer skill Christie employs in executing her mysteries, including this one. If the charact ...more
Agatha Christie is an old love and, I believe that I continue to love her because of the impressionable age I started reading her.

I have since grown up in what holds my attention, but time and again, I sub-consciously reach for her book (sometimes ones I've read before) and enjoy it grudgingly, coz it's an old love. One indulges an old flame even if it has diminished in its glory.
These are times when I grit and sigh through the laborious descriptions of scenes, the characters, the dialog style
This wasn't my favourite Agatha Christie novel, though it was quick to read and well-plotted. At the center of the novel was the narrator, a nurse, who retells the story of the murders and the following investigation. She's supposed to be a likeable, reliable narrator, but I found that she took away from the story -and from Poirot, who played second fiddle to her. Why?I'm not quite sure why. This nurse/narrator doesn't actually figure anything out. She just "tells it like it is" and is privy to ...more
Mar 17, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
As I continue my march through Agatha Christie's collected works, I savor each tale. That doesn't mean that I read the books slowly - often I rip through one in just a couple of hours of reading. I'm taking my sweet time by only reading a book or so each month or two, enjoying the ride. I don't know if I ever realized how many books she'd written.

The last time I was in France, I brought along Thirteen at Dinner, so I decided to create a tradition and bring this book along on my trip to France t
Mónica Silva
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Este livro comporta páginas e páginas repletas de mistério, um cenário atraente e personagens peculiares, bem ao estilo da Rainha do Crime, Agatha Christie.

Desta vez, o homicídio em questão é cometido numa expedição arqueológica, em Tell Yarimjah, o que proporciona um cenário exótico e distinto a este mistério. A ação é narrada por Amy Leatheran, uma enfermeira que testemunha os crimes cometidos. Esta é uma lufada de ar fresco, pois temos a
Mohammed Mustafa
AS an arabic reader, that story was special for me . agatha show iraq as nice place , in a strange way of course , but still better than other writers ! .
she negleted local people in a ( bad ) war really .
about the novel , i really found it less engoyable , but still good . the part before crime and poiro apperance was so boring , but then it became so nice ! .

i knew the killer from the beggening ( yeaaaaaaaaa :D )

the end words was so great : " in the name of allah " :) #respect
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