Series: Hercule Poirot #14
Published by Harper on 6th December 2001
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When nurse Amy Leatheran agrees to look after American archaeologist Dr Leidner’s wife Louise at a dig near Hassanieh she finds herself taking on more than just nursing duties – she also has to help solve murders. Fortunately for Amy, Hercule Poirot is visiting the excavation site but will the great detective be in time to prevent a multiple murderer from striking again?
I have to say these books get better as I get to read each one, I will say the order for Murder in Mesopotamia seems to be a little out. After solving this mystery Poirot finds himself on the Orient Express and we all know what happens there, I think this bothered me slightly only because I’ve been trying my best to read them in order. But then again, the comment about the Orient Express wouldn’t have made sense otherwise. Can’t have it both ways I suppose, I just had a momentary surge of annoyance that this book was set before that one but the order was all wrong!
I will say, and this surprised me about Murder in Mesopotamia I really enjoyed the narration. I wasn’t sure it was going to be a hit when I started listening and realised that once again it wasn’t Hastings. It was also completely new territory with a woman being the narrator but I actually really loved the beginning and the almost disclaimer that was put out about her writing and style and that it wouldn’t be consistent all the way through. I think it set the book up in a really great way and I loved the way her voice really came through the telling of the story.
Once again, Christie has proved herself to be a complete genius when it comes to writing crime. I didn’t see the ending coming, and the way it was done made so much sense and I just didn’t put two and two together until Poirot and I think that’s what makes these books so well done is you end up feeling a little like an idiot by the end. Murder in Mesopotamia definitely doesn’t hold the punches when it comes to the end and everything ties together perfectly. I don’t understand the honour part of it though, and if you’ve read it you’ll understand what I mean.
I’m so glad to be continuing on with my Poirot journey, and Murder in Mesopotamia definitely didn’t disappoint. I think the reveal may be in the top five and I love the writing style. Christie has a real talent for creating character voices that are completely separate and defined, I definitely think listening to the audiobooks helps in this, purely because there’s a different voice for each of the characters.
I would definitely recommend the Poirot Mysteries for anyone who is interested in the crime genre but aren’t sure quite where to look. These books have never failed to impress me and I love listening to them!
Do you have any crime books that you think would be a good addition to the Poirot books? I’m definitely looking and jumping into the genre a little more in the coming months, so leave them in the comments below!
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