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Murder in Mesopotamia (Hercule Poirot #14)

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Agatha Christie's genius for detective fiction is unparalleled. Her worldwide popularity is phenomenal, her characters engaging, her plots spellbinding. No one knows the human heart--or the dark passions that can stop it--better than Agatha Christie. She is truly the one and only Quee
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 15th 1987 by Berkley (first published July 6th 1936)
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Aimee
Jun 27, 2008 Aimee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Evangelia
Mar 09, 2016 Evangelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Henry Avila
Dec 25, 2012 Henry Avila rated it liked it
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
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
BrokenTune
Mar 05, 2016 BrokenTune rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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?!?!?
Meli
Jan 24, 2013 Meli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Descubrí al asesino al toque, me siento Da Doctah :P

Dina
Oct 22, 2010 Dina rated it really liked it
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F.R.
Feb 12, 2016 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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Obsidian
Feb 02, 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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Lauren
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
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Cata
Jul 17, 2012 Cata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca, 2012
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
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İlkim
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
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.
Sara Gonçalves
Sep 17, 2012 Sara Gonçalves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
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Melissa
Jun 08, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
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Alana
Jan 17, 2009 Alana rated it liked it
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
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Clarabel
Jan 14, 2016 Clarabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Évasion sensationnelle en Mésopotamie (aujourd'hui l'Irak) où notre détective à tête d'œuf intervient à mi-parcours sur une double affaire de meurtre sur un chantier de fouilles archéologiques. On s'intéresse davantage à la peinture des personnalités et de l'ambiance du lieu qu'aux recherches harassantes en elles-mêmes. Mais c'était juste Miam !

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Mounir
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
Daniela Centurión
Me gustó mucho me mantuvo atrapada todo el tiempo, y como siempre me pasa no pude de ninguna manera descubrir al asesino. Un gusto y disfrute leer a Agatha Christie
Andrea
Nov 23, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, 2008
1ª lectura: 27-07-2008
2ª lectura: 23-11-2015

Bien.
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
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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
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Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)
Jul 15, 2014 Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone..A "not-to-be-missed" book..
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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
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Ian
Apr 15, 2015 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amina
Aug 28, 2015 Amina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, lots of suspects and events, it was a little bit complicated and to be honest, I didn't see it coming!!
Swathi
Jan 15, 2016 Swathi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mesapotamia.... Arabs.... Turban.... This is what came into my mind before I started the book. I thought the book would not be my favourite somehow. But i was proved wrong. This book is almost like any other book of her with the murderer coming to light in the end, but the beauty lies in the method carried out for the murder.

Amy Leatheran, a nurse is hired by Dr Erich Leidner to take care of his wife Louise. She seems to have hallucinations. She appears to have married a Friedrick Bosner during
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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
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Colleen
Feb 16, 2015 Colleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Lucas
Feb 09, 2015 Lucas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Radhika
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
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Carol
Oct 05, 2012 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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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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