2007: 32. Murder in Mesopotamia


“The events chronicled in this narrative took place some four years ago.  Circumstances have rendered it necessary, in my opinion, that a straightforward account of them should be given to the public.  There have  been the wildest and most ridiculous rumors suggesting that evidence was suppressed and other nonsense of that kind.”

Murder in Mesopotamia, Agatha Christie

My goodness, I sure did read a lot of Agatha Christie last week (no, a lot - there are at least two more coming).  Sorry for the boring programming!

This book is a Poirot mystery, one that takes place in an archeological dig outside of Bagdad.  The local color is pretty interesting.  Christie’s second husband was an archeologist, and she clearly has spent some time on digs, even if her interest (at least in this book) is more about the personality types than the artifacts.  The mystery is pretty clever, if a little far-fetched (I actually think the plot would make a pretty good creepy suspense film, if done right).  My one complaint would be that since the book is narrated by one character, the nurse Amy Leatheran, we only see the characters through her eyes.  For that reason, when Poirot does his typical reveal, and talks about how the victim was a master manipulator, it seems a little odd, since the narrator is a trusting soul, who thought she was a sweet woman.  I give Christie credit for keeping her narrator’s character consistent, and playing with narrative voices, but it does catch the reader a little bit by surprise.  A minor quibble, since this aspect of the victim’s character (SPOILER) doesn’t end up being crucial to the plot, anyway.

Recommended for:  Archeologists who love murder mysteries; people who like stories narrated by nurses; murder mystery fans, generally.

Date/Place Completed:  3/16/07, D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Re-read; Agatha Christie Project

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