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Murder in Mesopotamia (1936)

de Agatha Christie

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It is clear to Amy Leatheran that something sinister is going on at the Hassanieh dig in Iraq; something associated with the presence of 'Lovely Louise', wife of celebrated archaeologist Dr Leidner. In a few days' time Hercule Poirot is due to drop in at the excavation site. But with Louise suffering from terrifying hallucinations, and tension within the group becoming almost unbearable, Poirot might just be too late...… (mais)
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Another great story, with fab characters and great intrigue. ( )
  Vividrogers | Dec 20, 2020 |
On an archaeological dig, nurse Amy Leatheran encounters murder – and a peculiar Belgian detective.

"Murder in Mesopotamia" is the kind of book that you don’t forget – for both good and bad reasons.

This was one of the first Poirot novels I read, and the one that cemented my love for the detective. It’s all in the setting: Christie had a personal passion for archaeology and for the Middle East, which really came alive in the 1930s as she travelled with her husband, Sir Max Mallowan. Her other examples – "Appointment with Death" and "Death on the Nile" - resound with similar strengths: a powerful sense of atmosphere and a truly vibrant cast of characters, each of whom comes across with believable motives which are only enhanced by the alien setting. Poirot is joyfully out of place in Mesopotamia, and his pairing with Amy Leatheran is lovely. (The strong David Suchet adaptation effectively replaced Amy with Captain Hastings, probably as an apology to poor Hugh Fraser, whose character had to be written out in accordance with the later novels.) Amy functions as a surrogate-Hastings here, but is also interesting on her own accord.

I’d love to give this novel more stars but – without spoiling anything – the solution to the murder is far too complex and contrived to satisfy even the laziest reader. It’s just a real letdown.

[Incidentally, the implication appears to be that, following the events of this novel, Poirot takes his famed ride on the Orient Express...]

Poirot ranking: 25th out of 38 ( )
  therebelprince | Nov 15, 2020 |
Excellent read twice ( )
  devendradave | Sep 1, 2020 |
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 take place so she had to be in her early 30s or mid to late 30s by the time the story is told. However, she spoke as a woman in her late 50s in my opinion. She just seemed quite old in her mannerisms and thinking and how she spoke. Perhaps Ms. Christie should have aged the character. She can write younger female characters and has done so quite well before. Perhaps Ms. Leatheran was a stand in for a Miss Marple type character.

The flow of the novel through 1/4 of the story was quite slow. I found myself having trouble keeping everyone separate and trying to figure out how everyone was connected.

I was actually relieved when the actual murder took place since that meant that Poirot was soon to be on the scene.

I do always enjoy reading other character's points of view of Poirot. Ms. Leatheran talks about how short, old, and foreign Poirot is in her eyes. She even dislikes him through a good portion of the book until she realizes how smart he really is. We eventually have Ms. Leatheran stepping in for the missing Hastings and helping Poirot with his investigation of who killed Ms. Leidner. Once Poirot is on the scene the book flows much easier.

I can say that for once I guessed at who the murderer was correctly. I just didn't understand how they possibly could have done it. Once the solution was laid out it seems perfectly understandable and I felt foolish for not putting it together.

Also though I guessed the murderer it still made no sense to me how a woman like Mrs. Leidner could be totally in the dark about the identity of her killer. I just had so many questions there. I don't want to spoil for those who haven't read, but my first thought was one of incredulity when I realized who the murderer is and who they could possibly be.

I then promptly watched David Suchet in Hercule Poirot's "Murder in Mesopotamia". This one had Hastings assisting Hercule and we once again get to the same murderer. However, the set up is different with Hercule in place before Mrs. Leidner is murdered.

I do want to say a good thing for me that I did watch "Murder in Mesopotamia" this weekend. Netflix then recommended to me "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" and I promptly watched all of series 1 and 2. I am now in love with Essie Davis. I will have to pick up these books sometime in the future since they sound right up my alley. When I am done with Poirot it will be nice to read another novel with another female protagonist since I am now done with Miss Marple. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
61 [Murder in Mesopotamia] by [[Agatha Christie]]

Rating: 4* of five

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. Unless one has an unusually bad memory, the first time one enters into sexual congress with a person not resident in one's own head—good, bad, or indifferent—is vividly clear for the rest of one's life. And you want me to believe that Mrs. Leidner didn't look at Dr. Leidner's, um, equipment and think, "hey there boys!"? Especially since we're readily told that she's had no other men in marriage, which codes at the time "no sex."

So no, not credible. Not even a little bit. We do have a seriously sick case of stalking on our hands. We do have "love" curdled into obsession. We do have antiquities theft...a problem quite pressing in the Mesopotamia of today...we do have lots of drug use. We do not have any of Christie's longueurs of style that curse later efforts, that can make the later Poirots feel as though one is reading pastiche. We have a bracing, heady draft of prime-of-life Dame Agatha that draws heavily on her time as Lady Mallowan, wife of an archaeologist. She observes so clearly and sees so much and is unbelievably economical with her verbiage.

I'm so glad I had three and a half hours in the waiting room to read the Overdrive-borrowed Kindlebook! ( )
  richardderus | Jun 11, 2020 |
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Christie, Agathaautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
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Ahmavaara, EeroTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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Franklyn, WilliamNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Frederiksen, George A.Artista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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Humm, L.Tradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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