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Murder in Mesopotamia

(Hercule Poirot #14)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  32,171 ratings  ·  1,445 reviews
When nurse Amy Leatheran agrees to look after American archaeologist Dr Leidner’s wife Louise at a dig near Hassanieh she finds herself taking on more than just nursing duties – she also has to help solve murders. 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? ...more
Paperback, 17th Impression, 224 pages
Published May 1990 by Fontana (first published July 6th 1935)
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One of the best rereads I've ever chanced upon. Few books of Agatha Christie's reserves are so unputdownable. The cast of characters in the book are not to be taken lightly. They enhance the story in spicy terms. I loved the easygoing pace of the book.

The victim is so vibrant when pages away from death. The author's attempt to drum up sympathy for the victim was a success for me. This is how a bestseller sounded like in those days. It has withstood the test of time.

Nurse Amy Leatheran was staying in Iraq (which was relatively peaceful at the time for the simple reason that the great fighter for democracy George W. Bush had not been born yet). A local doctor offered her a position to take care of a wife of an archeologist Dr Leidner at a dig site.
Before even coming to the place the nurse heard about uneasiness and strained relationship between the members of the party. When she finally came she realized it is even worse as there was sense of impending doom
Bobby Underwood
Oct 08, 2014 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 m
One of the more intriguing books I read last year was The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford. Ashford details a trip taken by Agatha Christie on the famed Orient Express in 1928 when she attempted to escape from a bad marriage. Christie's time in Baghdad and surrounding areas was a positive one, so much so that she used the region as the setting for a few of her crime cases. I decided to make Murder in Mesopotamia featuring Hercule Poirot my first Christie read of this calendar year to see ho ...more
Jun 17, 2007 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
I've waited virtually 24 hours to write a review for this book as it was quite difficult. Yes it was a slightly different perspective/style to most of the other Poirot's I've read, but it was still recognisably a Christie and a Poirot.
It was well written, with great characters, a wonderful location setting and the usual build up of tension towards Poirot's denouement and at this point it was still a very solid 4 stars, however this is where it all seemed to go bit wrong. Ok the way the (vi
mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are Nurse Leatheran and you are surrounded by the mud of Iraq. Ugh! So very muddy and dirty and ugly and really not very scenic at all. The Americans and British around you are mainly bitches and prats. The constant native chanting rattles your nerves. All of those pots being excavated at the archaeological dig site fail to interest you. Only your charge, the lovely Louise Leidner, impresses you. Despite being a real trouble-magnet, she's quite a take-ch
Ahmad Sharabiani
Murder in Mesopotamia (Hercule Poirot Series #14), 1936, Agatha Christie
Murder in Mesopotamia is a work of detective fiction by British writer Agatha Christie, first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 6 July 1936 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company later in the same year.
Nurse Amy Leatheran arrives at an archaeological dig near Hassanieh, Iraq, to assist the Swedish-American archaeologist, Dr Eric Leidner, in caring for his wife Louise. During her initial days, Amy
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

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christi
“Nurse Leatheran has been giving me valuable information about the various members of the expedition. Incidentally I have learnt a good deal - about the victim. And the victim, mademoiselle, is very often the clue to the mystery.”

And the victim was ...

“She's not sensual. She doesn't want affairs. It's just cold-blooded experiment on her part and the fun of stirring people up and setting them against each other. She dabbled in that too. She's the sort of woman who's never had a row with anyon/>“She's
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! Lo
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.
***2018 Summer of Spies***

It must have been the exotic Middle Eastern location, but this Hercule Poirot mystery really made me think about M.M. Kaye’s series of mysteries, set in similarly foreign settings. Last summer, I read both Death in Zanzibar and Death in Cyprus, and I have a feeling that Murder in Mesopotamia may have been one of the influences on Kaye. Perhaps it was the English nurse as narrator—an Englishwoman in an alien environment, applying her standards of judgement to the events (and to Hercule Poirot as invest
Vikas Singh
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The plot is based in Iraq and has many archaeological references. In typical Christie style, a murder is committed, there are few suspects and then Poirot with his psychological reasoning figures out the real culprit. There is a strange case of poisoning by hydro chloric acid. Overall nothing spectacular about the story line. Average read
After a few months of break, I'm continuing yet again with the Poirot series. This time Agatha Christie takes the readers to Iraq and archaeology and excavation. It is novel setting and it provided an interesting background for the murder-mystery.

A murder occurs within the house where which a party of archaeologists are residing while carrying out their digging. And conveniently Poirot is crossing the borders and passing through Baghdad, so he was summoned to help with the investigation. With a
☙ percy ❧
contains possibly one of the best super-short, one-sentence quotes i’ve ever encountered -

”Murder is a habit.”
Simona Bartolotta
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate…”

Wonderful, absolutely wonderful. Nurse Leatheran, the narrator, is probably a little dull at times, even though it's clear she possesses a delightfully quick intelligence, and that's why Murder in Mesopotamia is not a five-star read for me. But the crime and the solution are absolutely wonderful, full of passions, obsessions, schemes... one of the most surprising and human mysteries I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

PS not concerning the story itself: the suggested reading orde
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, narrators. They spoke quickl
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourteenth Poirot novel, which was first published in 1936. Written from the point of view of Amy Leatheran, a competent and no-nonsense nurse, who travels to Baghdad with a mother and her infant and is due to return to England when she is offered another job. Dr Leidner is an archeologist and recently there has been a certain uncomfortable atmosphere at the dig where he is working. His beautiful wife Louise has 'fancies' and, as Amy is keen to see more of the country, she is engaged ...more
David Sarkies
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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, though for some rea
Jul 23, 2011 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
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Murder in Mesopotamia is an enjoyable between the world wars "closed room" mystery that Agatha Christie does so well.

The reader is brought along by Amy Leatheran a qualified nurse who is on assignment from England to look after a person associated with an Archeological Dig.

Nurse Leatheran is a capable and likeable narrator who shares her thoughts as she settles in. These thoughts turn to worries and horror when one of the Dog's community is murdered.

Hercule Poirot, who is in the vi
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
Jul 09, 2009 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.
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
Dec 28, 2015 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?!?!?
Ivana - Diary of Difference
Amazing. Once again, Agatha proves to me that she's the best!
One of my favourite reads among A. Christie’s books. The setting, in Mesopathomy (now Iraq) in a camp of archeologists is original and interesting. One of the delightful things is to read how excavations were organised almost 100 years ago.
While Hercule Poirot demonstrates his reasoning and his little grey cells, therebis enough room for other characters, which I consider a real plus.
Reading this novel it struck me how modern A.Christie still sounds. The only thing that makes you realize it is
Crime Addict Sifat
Agatha Christie's virtuoso for analyst fiction is unparalleled. Her overall fame is exceptional, her characters drawing in, her plots hypnotizing. Nobody knows the human heart- - or the dull interests that can stop it- - superior to Agatha Christie. She is genuinely the unparalleled Queen of Crime.

Amy Leatheram has never felt the draw of the secretive East, yet when she goes to an antiquated site somewhere down in the Iraqi abandon to nurture the spouse of a commended classicist, occasions demo
I like to get an Agatha Christie fix every now and again, and this one certainly didn't disappoint me.
Hercule Poirot is my favourite detective, and he's at his deducing best in this entertaining whodunnit.
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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.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote 66 crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation.

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