Friday, December 15, 2006

Murder In Mesopotamia

Murder in Mesopotamia (Hercule Poirot Mysteries (Paperback))

Agatha Christie

Date: 1935   —   $5.39   —   Book

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Fiction, Mystery

This novel, told through the eyes of a nurse, is a good introduction to the style of mystery popular in the 1930s. The reader is given hints and facts and can possibly figure out the murder before the characters in the novel do. In this case, the beloved wife of an archæologist is murdered, and Hercule Poirot attempts to discover who could have entered the enclosed courtyard in the time the murder was committed without being seen by the numerous witnesses. Complicating the matter is the fact that her first husband, a German spy, might not have died in a train wreck after all; she has been receiving threatening letters— or did she forge them herself?

The nurse, far from being impartial, injects her thoughts and feelings into the mix, and it is evidect that she is missing some essential part of the lady's personality. Because, as Poirot states, the victim is the key to solving this murder.

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