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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant shadowplay by the Queen July 5 2004
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Oftentimes, in Agatha Christie's novels, the crimes are always based from something that has happened a long time ago, i.e. 'past sins cast long shadows'. And more often than not, money has always been the central cause of the murders. In this novel, Christie only obeys the first statement. Even the motif is rather outlandish and cruel.
The setting is somewhere in the digs of outer Baghdad (obviously she drew these from her experiences with her second husband Max Mallowan, who was an archaeologist) in a quarters for archaeologists. Due to her unstable mental conditions (seeing faces at her window where no one could have stood and peered in), Dr Eric Lidner looks for a companion-nurse for his wife, Louise. He found Amy Leatheran who became Louise's confidante and one day she tells Amy that someone was after her, probably her first husband whom she thought had died. After that outburst Louise refused to talk about it anymore until one day when his husband found Louise's dead body in a locked room, in front of the whole achaeology team. Nurse Leatheran later finds herself as a suspect when Poirot arrives, but later became his sidekick.
Plot-wise, this is one of Agatha Christie's best. The stroyline is also richly layered, with various people who have different crimes of their own which unwittingly made them suspects. This is a wonderful read, as it was with the rest of the Queen's stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully planned April 17 2004
By Lisa
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Agatha Christie is my favorite author of all time (and I'm only 14 years old), and this book is one of my favorites of hers.

Nurse Amy Leatheran is hired by American archaeologist Dr. Eric Leidner, on an expedition in Mesopotamia, to look after his anxious wife, Louise. One day Louise confesses to Nurse Leatheran that she has been receiving threatening letters warning her away from romantic relations with other men, purported to be from her first husband, now supposed to be dead. The next day she is found bludgeoned in her bedroom. According to the natives, no stranger entered the courtyard, so the killer must be one of the expedition staff. Who sent the letters (and possibly killed her)? Her first husband? His younger brother? Her current husband, Dr. Leidner? Another archaeologist on the team? Dr. Leidner's assistant? Or even Nurse Leatheran? Luckily for the local police, Hercule Poirot is on his way to Baghdad and just might stop in...

The motive and the M.O. were simple, compared to some of Christie's later novels, and it was, as I said above, wonderfully planned. A murder carried out while giving the murderer an alibi at the same time...

The influence of Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband, Sir Max Mallowan, is prominently displayed here. (I liked the television movie adaptation with David Suchet, but that's just me - I love the whole series. Hastings was included, and the scenery and music were wonderful.)
All in all, an excellent read by one of the greatest authors of all time (and a decent TV movie, if you'd like to check it out.) :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of her very best books June 2 2002
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The people who decry this book as not being as good as some of her others are misplaced in their views. This is definitely another of her masterpieces. Her best Poirot books are those set in this kind of territory (I.e. Murder On the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, Appointment with Death, Murder, and this one.) because the setting really enhances the plot.
The way this book is narrated is rather different from some of the other books. Told from the perspective of the nurse who looked after the victim before she died, it is very engaging and the prose brings a very human element to the book, and the feelings and emotions of being caught up in a murder, in which everyone becomes a suspect. It works very well.
There are some great characters in this one. Some eccentric, some you grow to love, some you are indifferent to. None that you actively dislike. All intriguing.
The way the story unfolds is materful, and the methods for murder are, when finally revealed, ingenius. You would enver think of it in a million years, even thought it really is staring you in the face. Also, this books holds the top place in the "most vile deaths in an Agatha Christie novel" category. Anne Johnson's instrument of demise is, to be blunt, quite horrible. I felt sick at the thought of it. (And the way it was depicted in a recent television adaptation in the UK was quite vile. But powerful, and packs a great punch.)
An incredibly strong, yet simple, plot, is what makes this book stand out amongst her others. It has power, and is emotional and intense. The method of murder is quite brilliant. The solution, whilst not packing a great surprise as some of her more unlikely novels do, nonetheless rings true. (It would be incredibly hard to have made the identity of the killer a real surprise...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fun read by Agatha Christie Aug. 31 2001
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As another customer said: "In this book, you'll feel thrilled, devastated, fondness, fear, suspicion, hatred, curious and even more....
You'll feel thrilled when the genius Hercule Poirot solves the mystery....
You'll feel devastated when a character you have learned to love is brutally murdered....
You'll feel fondness for the main characters Nurse and Hurcule Poirot as well as the suspects....
You'll feel fear when someone is discovered sneaking about the grounds and again when you realize that unless the murder is solved, the person whose viewpoint we have will be the next victim...
You'll feel suspicion against all the characters as M. Poirot interrogates them....
You'll feel hatred against atleast two of the characters, the conceited, spoilt daughter of the doctor and again against the unknown murderer....
You'll feel curious as did Nurse when she snooped around for the littlest clue which might help M. Poirot."
And I agree completely and I think you will too after you have read this book. Read it today.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Murder in Mesopotamia: Hercule Poirot Series
It was interesting and I did enjoy it, but some parts were somewhat disjointed!
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Published 9 months ago by Gezina Ilse
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring in my view
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. Read more
Published on July 6 2007 by Toni Osborne
4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Poirot should have vacationed somewhere else...
since his trip to the Middle East seems to keep him working.
This 1935 novel is set in Mesopotamia (present day Iraq) at an archeological dig, a setting that Christie came to... Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by Jeanne Tassotto
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent archaeological mystery
Christie sets this engaging mystery at an archaeological dig. Narrator Amy Leatheran, a nurse sent to care for Louise Leidner, doesn't believe her charge's tales of being in... Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2003 by Virginia Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Became one of my favorites!
I read this book for the first time yesterday, and it immediately became one of my favorites. It takes place on a dig somewhere outside of Bagdad. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2003 by Manhattan Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Christie mysteries
Murder in Mesopotamia may not be as famous as some of Agatha Christie's other works but it is an excellent book none the less. Read more
Published on June 9 2003 by Lisa Bahrami
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Murder Mystery
Murder among the pottery with the incomparable Hercule Poirot, who just happens to be in the area, solving the murder with impeccable logic. Read more
Published on April 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story
Murder in Mesopotamia is one of the better mysteries written by Agatha Christie. There are many suspects, including Dr. Lidner, Nurse Leatherman, Miss Johnson, Mr. Coleman, Mr. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2002 by Tom Hankel
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Christie's Best!
Although I enjoyed the setting of Murder in Mesopotamia (an archaeological dig), I found this book to be rather hackneyed and commonplace, definitely not up to Agatha Christie's... Read more
Published on May 19 2002 by Aurelas
2.0 out of 5 stars Christie doesn't hit it with this one
"Murder in Mesopotamia" was written in 1936 and takes place just before the exellent "Murder in the Orient Express", one of Christies most classic novels. Read more
Published on March 22 2002 by Mikael Kuoppala
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