141. Murder in Mesopotamia (Agatha Christie)

Sunday, June 24, 2012
When nurse Amy Leatheran agrees to look after archaeologist Dr Leidner's wife Louise at a dig, she finds herself taking on more than just nursing duties.  Louise is convinced that someone from her past is out to kill her but no one takes her seriously.  Things change quickly though when Louise turns up dead and the other members of the expedition household are the prime suspects.  Hercule Poirot visits the excavation site but will the great detective be in time to prevent a multiple murderer from striking again?

My second Agatha Christie novel and I absolutely loved it.  While I have only read the two so far (this one and A Caribbean Mystery), I've seen a number of movies and television programs based on her novels.  Of all her stories that I've read or watched, this is easily my favourite so far.  And that includes my very first introduction to Ms. Christie's work, Death on the Nile.  Part of what I really loved about this particular novel, other than the fact that it's set on an archaeological dig site, is that while it features one of her two famous detectives, Hercule Poirot, he plays second fiddle to the narrator, Nurse Leatheran.  It was wonderful reading the story from the point of view of one of the characters so intricately involved in the mystery.  Murder in Mesopotamia is a definate recommended read!

** Note, my summary is based on a brief description on GoodReads.


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