Nurse Amy Leatheran had never felt the lure of the "mysterious East", but she nonetheless accepts an assignment at Hassanieh, an ancient site deep in the Iraqi desert, to care for the wife of a celebrated archaeologist. Mrs Leidner is suffering bizarre visions and nervous terror.
"I'm afraid of being killed!" she admits to her nurse. Her terror, unfortunately, is anything but unfounded, and Nurse Leatheran is soon enough without a patient.
The world's greatest detective happens to be in the vicinity, however: having concluded an assignment in Syria, and curious about the dig at Hassanieh, Hercule Poirot arrives in time to lead a murder investigation that will tax even his remarkable powers - and in a part of the world that has seen more than its share of misadventure and foul play.
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A different Hercule Poirot
- Ruth Bain
Good setting, excellent narrator, insulting ending
I believe this is the first Christie I’ve read since grade school. I picked this up for two reasons: first, it’s set on an archaeological dig. Christie’s husband was a renowned archaeologist and she spent twenty years living at digs, where she wrote many of her novels. I was therefore looking forward to an insider’s view of life in the archaeological field, and in that regard the book was very interesting.Second, I “read” the audio version and selected this because it was voiced by the great Anna Massey. She was wonderful and I’m glad I did, but even her skill could not salvage a murder the solution of which, in true Christie fashion, was absurd to the point of offending the reader’s intelligence. The book has an interesting setting, interesting characters, and a wonderful actress, but it’s all ruined at the end when you realize how ridiculous it was. I had the impression that even poor Anna Massey was embarrassed.
Well, of course. It's Christie, after all.
Sophistication, wit, subtly, great humor, and the opportunity to experience one of the great British actresses. Anna Massey was a British national treasure and it is well worth listening to this just to experience her grace and style.
Yes. It has been made into a BBC Poirot episode and I've seen that.
Very interesting all the way through to the end. The ridiculously unbelievable ending did hurt my overall enjoyment of the book, but I did tell myself that except for the ending, the rest of the audio book was well worth it.
- Leon Miller