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Death in a Desert Land

(Agatha Christie #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Queen of Crime Agatha Christie returns to star in another stylish mystery, as she travels to the excavation of the ancient city of Ur where she must solve a crime with motives that may be as old as civilization itself.

Fresh from solving the gruesome murder of a British agent in the Canary Islands, mystery writer Agatha Christie receives a letter from a family who believe t
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Washington Square Press
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This is my first taste of Andrew Wilson's historical crime fiction series set in the 1920s featuring the Queen of Crime as a a undercover sleuth working for the British intelligence officer, Davison, after solving the murder of a British agent in Tenerife previously. This is a well told novel that shows detailed research of Agatha Christie's real life, people she really knew, with Wilson skilfully and seamlessly blending fact with fiction. Wilson's Christie is modest, shrewd, anxious and vulnera ...more
Lynn Horton
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The combination of Agatha Christie, archaeology, ancient civilizations, and the Middle East is irresistable to me, so my perspective on this book may be skewed. But Death in a Desert Land was the perfect summer-afternoon read on my front terrace, and I recommend it for the following reasons.

First, Wilson gets the tone right; I felt as if I were reading a Christie novel. Second, he also gets the desert right; I'll be back again in the Middle East this fall and can't wait to be surrounded by sand,
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A divine treat for Christie fans! An intriguing, exotic puzzler for mystery fans! I'm enthralled by Wilson's series of inspired mysteries solved on the spot by the well-imagined character of Agatha Christie, with these experiences ultimately providing the plotting of her subsequent famous books. The reader is dazzled by the brilliant play of real and imagined scenes, as well as a sensitive depiction of Christie's personality - introspective, imaginative, self-deprecating, and a bit romantic.

In the ancient city of Ur, Agatha Christie investigates the suspicious death of a prominent archeologist. When a visitor to the site is murdered, Agatha finds herself trying to unravel past secrets in an effort to find the culprit, and protect the innocent.

This is a book that keeps you enthralled from beginning to end. The plot is intricate and gripping. Vivid descriptions of the archeologic site, encampment, and surrounding desert provide a setting that is almost claustrophobic; evoking a dark
Helen Howerton
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Agatha Christie travels to the ancient city of Ur in Death in a Desert Land, latest in Andrew Wilson’s fictional accounting of her exploits as a “secret operative” and all-around detective.

The dead individual is known from the very page -- Gertrude Bell. Who is not a fictional character, but was indeed a real historical personage, famous for her archeological exploits and influence on British Middle East policy in the early 20th century. Is this an anti-climactic let down, then? Well, we know w
Kathleen Kelly
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Agatha Christie is tasked, by letter, to what was then called Persia, now Baghdad, to investigate the death of Gertrude Bell. Her death was determined to be suicide. Gertrude was an English writer, traveler, political officer, administrator, and archaeologist. She played a major role in establishing and helping administer the modern state of Iraq, a very well respected woman in the Middle East. Gertrude felt that she was being followed and her life in danger so whether she committed suicide or w ...more
Nina Frisby
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I found out Andrew Wilson has yet another Agatha Christie mystery out, I added it to my preorder list on Amazon. Must read this masterpiece as soon as it comes out! And boy, I was not disappointed. In the third installment of the historical series reimagining events from Agatha Christie’s life, the author travels to Iran to investigate a suspected suicide of Getrude Bell, a famous adventurer and traveler (and a real-life person. Thanks, Mr Wilson for introducing me to this fabulous an ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aww, this series is so much fun! The main character is Agatha Christie! I have not read the previous two books, but I will spill the beans and tell you after this I definitely plan to! I also can easily let you know this one stands alone if you want to jump right in like I did.

A family has written to Agatha Christie asking for her help in solving the death of their daughter. Gertrude Bell was a famous archaeologist working in the Middle East. She was competing with another archaeologist, Mrs. Wo
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book #28 - Andrew Wilson, Death on a Desert Island - I bring good news for fans of Agatha Christie: Author Andrew Wilson is writing a series I think Christie fans, and many others, will truly enjoy.
Wilson, an award winning journalist, has written biographies of Patricia Highsmith, Sylvia Plath and Alexander McQueen and that work enriches his other fiction writing.
Wilson, a big fan of Christie, has come up with a clever idea for a series: Have Agatha Christie as a character in the books.
📷In Death
I received a free copy of this historical mystery from the publisher for review.

First, I have a content warning for those who care about animals. If you strongly object to reading about any incidents of violence against pets, this book isn't for you.

The main reason why I wanted to read this novel is because it begins with Agatha Christie being asked to investigate the death of Gertrude Bell by British intelligence which sent Christie to the archaeological site in Ur located in Iraq. Gertrude Bel
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sophisticated reimagining of events from the real Agatha Christie's life, this third entry in the Agatha Christie series (one hesitates to call it "cozy") finds the author investigating the suicide of Gertrude Bell, an influential archaeologist who also worked for British Intelligence during WWI. Newly discovered evidence regarding her death leads Agatha's handler to ask her to travel to an archaeological dig in the ancient city of UR.

During Agatha's visit, a murder occurs and the prime suspec
Noemi Proietti
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do love Andrew Wilson's series of historical novels that has as its protagonist none other than the Queen of Crime Agatha Christie. DEATH IN A DESERT LAND is the third book in this fabulous series in which she takes the place of her creations and becomes a detective herself. After her mysterious disappearance and a case in Tenerife in the first two books, now Agatha travels to Iran to investigate the suspect suicide of an explorer on behalf of the British Secret Intelligence Service. She infil ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Agatha Christie is asked by Davison of the Secret Intelligence Service to go out to Ur and investigate the death of Gertrude Bell some two years earlier. As letters had been discovered which indicate that she feared for her life when on an archaeology dig in Ur run by a Mr and Mrs Woolley.
A very enjoyable well-written mystery with Agatha in the lead as a likable well-rounded character. Davison is also an amiable character, but also the secondary characters are well-defined.
Another delightful sto
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was overjoyed to receive an early copy from NetGalley as I found the previous books in this series to be tremendous. This 3rd instalment didn’t disappoint. The writing was engaging & dramatic with nods to Christie’s novels & real life delightfully sprinkled through the mystery. The relationship that is evolving between Davison and Christie is compelling and I hope their friendship continues to be developed.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intriguing murder mystery tale featuring Agatha Christie as the detective. This is the third book in the series but the first I had read, not being familiar with the previous stories did not affect my enjoyment of this one though, and I'll definitely be looking to read those too.

Read via preview copy on Netgalley
Rose Quinn
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book blew my mind! Historical mystery that kept you guessing until the very end. I loved books where you suspect everyone and don't know who to trust. Wilson. Top notch book!
Melody (OhTheBooksSheWillRead) Hawkins
This is book #3 in Wilson's Agatha Christie series but I was not at a loss without having read the prior books. At the request of the British Secret Intelligence Service, Christie has been asked to investigate the suspicious death of Gertrude Bell. At the time Christie is still recovering from her recent divorce from her husband Archie. The character development and scenery description is exquisite. I felt like I was in the ancient city of Ur. Wilson clearly conducted a great deal of research in ...more
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