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Publisher's Summary

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.
©1936 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By RueRue on 09-15-15

A different Hercule Poirot

Interesting setting and a different narrator. Although this is a Hercule Poirot story, he has a secondary role in the story ( although, of course, he solves the murders ). Dame Agatha's interest in archeology is evident and adds authenticity to the story.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By CobwebLing on 11-25-17

Ghastly Narration

intriguing story, though lacking many of the subtle clues of other Christie classics, but the narration was absolutely painfilul. Nurse sounded like an aged spinster, rather than the thirty-something professional woman she was. All the men had gutteral, vaguely Germanic accents and rather froggy voices. The only reason I forged through was for cookies are other stories - and in the veeeery end there was o be. So, yes. Decent boom made barely palatable by horrific narration.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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