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Murder in Mesopotamia (Poirot) [Format Kindle]

Agatha Christie
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Agatha Christie's mystery dates from her days sojourning with her archaeologist husband. The archaeologist's wife at this dig is agitated by threatening letters from her first husband, who is presumed dead. Then she's murdered in a locked room. Hercule Poirot, conveniently in the area, amiably cogitates and vocally ruminates over the motive for her death, only to be confounded by a second murder. Who done it? This BBC performance has a full cast of voices and sound effects to tell the tale. Insects buzz and hum, stones crunch during walks and music signals changes in scenes. Rustling paper, scratchy voices and intense dialogue enthrall the listener until the surprising end. M.B.K. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 355 pages
  • Editeur : HarperCollins; Édition : Masterpiece Ed (14 octobre 2010)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004APA542
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un serial-killer dès 1936 ! 6 mars 2012
Par Piment coloré TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS
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Dans ABC murders, un serial-killer défie Hercule Poirot personnellement en lui envoyant des lettres lui annonçant les meurtres qu'il va perpétrer, et en lui laissant même un indice, l'ABC des trains, sa signature.
Il tue des personnes par ordre alphabétique - initiale A pour le nom et le prénom, initiale B... etc.
Ce qui est particulièrement étonnant, c'est que Agatha Christie décrit la psychologie du serial killer aussi bien que les spécialistes de la psychopathie aujourd'hui, tout y est, le désir de puissance sur les autorités, le besoin de jouer de plus en plus avec le danger, la volonté inconsciente de se faire prendre pour montrer au monde combien on a été intelligent et que le nom du tueur soit finalement reconnu et craint... ça m'a estomaqué !
Le livre est facile à lire, l'histoire intrigue et passionne, Agatha Christie nous donne des indices qu'on ne voit pas, évidemment... il n'y a qu'une seule incohérence, un coup de fil qu'une des héroînes donne au tueur, on ne sait pas pourquoi à la fin, et Poirot ne le relève pas.
Bon livre, sinon !
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 murder in mesopotamia 13 décembre 2012
Par Eli
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
un agatha christie moyen, intéressant pour le décor, toujours un plaisir à lire, mais ne vaut pas "the pale horse", ni "toward zero"
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Adventure and Murder in an Exotic Land 23 janvier 2006
Par Bobby Underwood - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
This fabulous mystery by Agatha Christie has long been a favorite of mine. It outshines many of her other mysteries due to some wonderful atmosphere and a very likable heroine in Amy Leatheren. Hercule Poirot, though a major force in solving the mystery, plays second fiddle in this most entertaining murder mystery.

Murder in Mesopotamia is an adventure set in an exotic land where a murder occurs. The first half of the book almost has the feel of an M.M. Kaye mystery. Though one could not put Christie in the same class with Kaye in regards to romantic description of a time and place, there is certainly atmosphere to spare, and it is only when Hercule Poirot is introduced into the story that we see the classic elements of mystery fiction Agatha Christie invented come to the forefront.

Amy Leatheren is a young nurse asked to accompany an archaelogical expedition to the Middle East to look after Louise Leidner, the wife of the man heading the dig. Louise is a beautiful but frightened woman capable of both sweetness and offhand cruelty. What she is frightened of is quite vague but may be connected to tensions on the dig. On the suface it is friendly and familiar, but a dangerous unrest lies just beneath the surface.

Amy discovers answers to questions too late to prevent a particularly brutal murder and Christie's famous detective, Hercule Poirot, must solve the baffling puzzle of how the murder occurred. Amy has been asked to put on pen and paper her account of the events which transpired and this is her narrative. Soon she is acting as Poirot's helper and, to her delight and embarrassment, having the time of her life. There are both secret relationships and secret identities, and before too long, another murder.

Christie creates a wonderful atmosphere here. From the Tigris Palace Hotel in Baghdad to Tell Yarimjah, and from bazaars where people from various nationalities and backgrounds gather to tea and scones ovelooking the ruins she makes the archaelogical expedition come alive. You really get a sense of people moving about in a passion to discover this Assyrian city like Niveveh close to Hassanieh. You can almost see the beautiful and unusual Louise nearly asking to be murdered yet at the same time oblivious to the true danger that lies in wait.

While the solution is wildly intricate and implausible a fun and likable heroine and tons of atmosphere make for a great mystery read. A delightfully old-fashioned mystery fans of the genre will enjoy greatly.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Unearthing the Truth at an Archaeological Dig 19 février 2001
Par George R Dekle - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Before the Murder on the Orient Express, there was the Murder in Mesopotamia. In fact, the Mesopotamian murder mystery occurred just before Hercule Poirot traveled to Istanbul and caught the Orient Express. As a team of archaeologists labors away at an ancient Tell, the leader's wife has her head smashed in a room which no one else could have entered or left. The local constabulary is mystified, and Hercule Poirot, who just happens to be traveling in the area, is called in to consult. After some preliminary investigation to get the lay of the land, Poirot decides that everyone on the dig, with the exception of the husband and a recently retained nurse, is a suspect. He then begins his methodical quest to make some sense out of the available evidence and solve the "locked room" mystery of the wife's death. During the course of the investigation the reader comes to suspect every single member of the team, and by the time the mystery is solved, the reader has been thoroughly bewildered by the bizarre turns of events. The solution is both logical and satisfying, and it accounts for all the loose ends quite nicely. Unfortunately, it is so highly improbable as to be near ludicrous. Whoever ultimately prosecuted the case should have thanked his lucky stars that the murderer confessed when confronted by Poirot. Poirot's solution was a work of sheer logic without, as Poirot admitted, a shred of evidence to back it up. Poirot followed Sherlock Holmes' formula of eliminating the impossible. What he was left with, although improbable in the extreme, was what must have happened.
Christie entertains throughout, but I have two quibbles:
1. She deliberately misleads the reader in two particulars as the story unfolds, so that the solution becomes all the more surprising.
2. Christie spins an entertaining yarn, and she may have been very knowledgeable on the subject of murder, but she betrays absolutely no understanding of the mechanics of perpetrating real-life murders or conducting real-life murder investigations. The killer's modus operandi reminds me of Rube Goldberg. The murderer's plan was so complex, so dependent upon others unwittingly doing just exactly as expected, and so likely to miscarry even if everyone followed the script, that no intelligent murderer would attempt it. When Poirot announces his solution, he prefaces his remarks with the caveat that he hasn't got a shred of evidence to back it up. After being confronted, the murderer obligingly confesses. An investigator attempting to get a murderer to confess would never announce going in that he had no evidence. A murderer confronted with zero evidence of guilt would never, ever supply the deficit by confessing.
I listened to the BBC radio production of the story as I drove on a long business trip. Poirot made the miles slip by much faster.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Perhaps Poirot should have vacationed somewhere else... 1 juin 2004
Par Jeanne Tassotto - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
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 know quite well after her marriage to an archeologist. A nurse, Amy Leatheran, has been engaged to care for the wife of the leader of an archeological expedition. She was told that the woman was suffering from 'nerves' only and that there was no real problem. Unfortunately for the patient her concerns turned out to be not imaginary after all, she was murdered. Hercule Poirot who was traveling through the area was brought into the case and of course solved the mystery.
MURDER IN MESPOTAMIA is part of a series of book that covers Poirot's Middle Eastern 'holiday' (APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH and MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS also chronicle this trip). It is unusual in that the story is narrated by Amy Leatheran who also acts as Poirot's assistant when he enters the story about 1/3 of the way through the story.
Although this is fairly laid out, as all of Christie's works, and has an intriguing and clever plot I found it difficult to really get into this one. Many of the characters were rather one dimensional and not very interesting. Still one of Christie's lesser works is still better than most other writer's best efforts.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not one of Christie's Best! 20 mai 2002
Par Aurelas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
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 standards. Somehow the characters seemed to be 2 dimensional...the only character who interested me was the young man who reminded the narrator of a Wodehouse character. In fact, after reading this book, I sallied forth to the library and checked out a book by P.G. Wodehouse, just so I could see what Ms. Christie was talking about. I highly recommend the works of Mr. Wodehouse, but not Murder in Mesopotamia. While I admit that the identity of the killer surprised me, by the time the murderer was unmasked, I was indifferent to the whole case. If you want to read a great Agatha Christie, read Death Comes as the End or And Then There Were None or Hallowe'en Party....they're all much better than Murder in Mesopotamia.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 EVEN THOUGH THIS MAY BE CONSIDERED ONE OF THE AUTHOR'S MINOR WORKS, IT IS STILL ONE OF MY FAVORITE. 27 juillet 2013
Par D. Blankenship - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
There are those who like Agatha Christie's work and those who do not. That is natural. Among those that do admire this most famous of British detection novels each and everyone has their favorites and each has a short list of the author's novels they are not overly fond of. This is natural. Even though the work being reviewed here, Death in Mesopotamia is considered one of her "minor" works, it never the less is and always has been one of my favorites. It simply appeals to me.

The setting here is in what is now modern day Iraq. This is an area that Christie was extremely familiar with as the accompanied her second husband, a leading archeologist in his day, on his digs in this area. Christie was familiar with the country and familiar with her subject matter on this one.

The story is narrated by a hired nurse, Amy Leatheran who some readers have problems identifying with and others love. I am personally rather fond of her as a character and feel the author nailed her personality perfectly. Anyway, the lady, the head archeologist's wife; the lady nurse Leatheran is charged with caring for is mysteriously murdered. The murdered lady had been receiving threatening letters from her ex-husband warning her to never marry again. What is so interesting here is that fact that her ex-husband is dead and has been for several years!

Each member of the archeological expedition, including Miss Leatheran and several from outside the official dig are suspects and Christie is quite skillful in casting suspicion on each and every one of them.

Enter our little detective with all his little gray cells. Yes, Hercule Poirot who happens to be traveling through the area agrees to take on the case. With an alarming lack of physical evidence, M. Poirot is able to solve the crime through pure logic. I like this. While there is little to know extreme violence and very, very low keyed action (actually, there is no action what so ever), Christie weaves a puzzle of a story. I must say that I admire those reviewers here that state they had it all figured out during the first few pages...amazing!

The author has used a ploy her which she has used in quite a number of her novels - that of mixing an unrelated crime with the mysterious death of the lovely lady who was murdered. She also has M. Poirot assessing the crime by thoroughly examining the personality and background of the murder victom. This I like.

All in all for me this was a very appealing read and had me guessing right up to the last few pages. Of course I am not the sharpest needle in the pin cushion so others may do better.

This was a library find.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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