[Review] Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie

Title: Murder in Mesopotamia
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Vintage Crime
Subject: Hercule Poirot, Cozy Mysteries
Page:  351 pages
First Published: 1936

Agatha Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan in 1930 with whom she frequently travel to archaeological dig sites, so it was no surprise that she deployed Middle Eastern settings in some of her novels.

In Murder in Mesopotamia, a nurse was called in to look after a wife of a celebrated archaeologist, Dr. Leidner, who claimed to have suffered from nervous fears. “Lovely Louise” married Dr. Leidner just two years before, beautiful, possessed certain magical aura, loved being at the centre of attention and not to mention caused significant amount of tension within the archaeologist group with her claims of terrifying hallucinations. Her husband dismissed the idea as preposterous and that the nervous fears were a result of imagination and boredom (other members of the group thought she was only pretending to get attention. Dr. Leidner hired Nurse Amy Leatheran to keep his wife company and look after her “fancies”. Until she was found murdered in her room.
Calling M. Hercule Poirot to the scene ….

The story is told from the perspective of Amy Leatheran herself and I find that she is somewhat annoying and prejudiced, though I have to admit that it is sometimes funny the way she described other characters. This, for example:

"He reminded me of a large stupid dog wagging its tail and trying to please.”

“Just then Mr. Coleman came bustling in. Bustling was just the word for it. If his tongue had hung out and he had suddenly produced a tail to wag you wouldn’t have been surprised.”

I also find other characters bland and so did the murder mystery. It differs from other Agatha Christies I read so far because it set about to investigate people’s characters (especially the murder victims) and not so much about the clues.

Not one of my favorite Agatha Christies but in the end, there was a little element of surprise and it’s always fun to follow through Poirot as he unravels the mystery with his clever deductions.


Sorry this book was not a huge hit with you, but I enjoyed your review.
Not my favorite, but still an enjoyable read.