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Murder in Mesopotamia

(Hercule Poirot #14)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  43,266 ratings  ·  2,105 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?

Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 2001 by Harper (first published July 6th 1936)
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Ibis3 Someone is mysteriously murdered. There are a number of possible suspects. Hercule Poirot figures out who the murderer is.
Angie At some point Miss Leatheran explains this herself and says that it annoys her that Poirot calls her "ma soeur". And that he must think that all nurse…moreAt some point Miss Leatheran explains this herself and says that it annoys her that Poirot calls her "ma soeur". And that he must think that all nurses are still nuns.(less)

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daph pink ♡
4.25 ✨

April 2021 - book 31

(I don't review her books, never could because honestly I will be bias because I love her. )

For all who don't know , I am in love with Agatha Christie ever since I started reading her books( 5 years ago) and I planned to read a book of her each month so that I don't run out of her books !
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.

Poirot himself was very foreig
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 ...more
Bobby Underwood
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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 (view spo
Dave Schaafsma
Christie’s Middle East Ghost Story

"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.

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan
Jun 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
mark monday
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
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-charge sort of

I have read very few novels by Christie, in general I don’t select detective stories. Whenever I have read her works was related to my interest in languages; a translation of one of her page turners, loaded with dialogues, seemed a good entry into reading in a foreign language. This time, however, I plan to read a couple of her works in relation to a Seminar I am taking on various Archaeologists from the early generations and their Memoirs. I wrote about this in this review .

This is the second
Henry Avila
On the lonely remote deserts of Mesopotamia (called Iraq now) in the 30's , archaeologists are digging to discover the past, yet at the present time fear is in the air even as precious artifacts are found, from the 4th millennium B.C. 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. Still this is indeed where the first civilization began some 7,000 years ago (5,300 B.C.) , between the fabled Tigris ...more
“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 anyone in
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 learns that
Richard Derus
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, returned
Narrated by the mildly stupid Nurse Amy Leatheran, this Poirot from 1936 is a complete farrago. The crime hinges on a circumstance that is, frankly, absurd. But you know what? This is a thumping good read.

You need to know that, if you look under the following spoiler tag, there will be absolutely no point in reading the book. (view spoiler)
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Bionic Jean
Murder in Mesopotamia … what an exotic title to roll off the tongue; conjuring up intrigue and mystery, in a faraway place and a bygone age.

Mesopotamia was an ancient region located in the eastern Mediterranean, which no longer exists as a country. The literal translation is “between two rivers”, and these rivers are the Tigris and the Euphrates. Mesopotamia corresponds mostly to today’s Iraq, but also includes parts of modern-day Iran, Syria and Turkey.

Such facts may destroy the dreamlike rom
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
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Because I am into mystery book lately, I am tried to make a review about this book. Actually, this is not my first book of Agatha Christie. I have read some books such as Nemesis, A Caribbean Mystery, partners in crime, N or M, and others. However, this is my first book of Hercule Poirot’s. series. The title of the book immediately caught my eyes, “Murder in Mesopotamia”. I think, it will be great because in my mind there is a murder in the place where we can find some artefacts, so I kinda look ...more
Vikas Singh
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-book
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
Nandakishore Mridula
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 eve
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
Simona B
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
“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
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
nemo the emo ☠️ (pagesandprozac)
contains possibly one of the best super-short, one-sentence quotes i’ve ever encountered -

”Murder is a habit.”
Jul 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Christie fans.
Repeat read started on 17 April 2021. Again audio... but not BBC....

My 3rd or possibly 4th time with this . I see many racial prejudices now thwt I never saw in my earlier reads. Am I more sensitized or perhaps I am more intolerant? I can't decide.
Nevertheless a clever story.

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 th
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 quickly, often tim
David Sarkies
May 18, 2016 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
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poirot is brought to the site of a dig in Iraq after the murder of the wife, Louise, of the head archaeologist, Mr. Leidner. She’d been living in fear, and Leidner employs a nurse, Miss Leatheram to deal with her.
Nurse Leatheram, is a no-nonsense, capable woman, who quickly sees that not only is Louise’s fear genuine, but there are all sorts of odd tensions amongst the European and American members of the dig.
Poirot quickly drafts Nurse Leatheram to aid him, soliciting her impressions and recoll
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It seems odd that as far as I know nobody has yet been murdered for having too perfect a character! And yet perfection is undoubtedly an irritating thing!”

What do you get when you mix a murder mystery with an archeological site full of disparate characters, all far from civilisation? A very entertaining read, that is :0)

Using a side character as narrator was a great move, allowing us access to all parties involved, while creating a likeable protagonist in the nurse. Her voice was so matter of f
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