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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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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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By L. O. Pardue on 04-25-13

Agatha is always a Fun Experience

It has been a very long time since my last Agatha Christie, and this was an excellent choice to revisit her. This book was full of suspicious characters, a wonderful exotic setting and intriguing mystery. I love it when Hercule Poirot brings everyone together in a room to review all the motives and reveal the murderer. I was surprised by the ending, but there were plenty of clues for me to figure it out.

I only gave it 4 stars because I sometimes got lost in all the different characters. This is the main problem with audio books that you have to rewind over and over to get a feeling for each character and how they all fit together.

Otherwise, it was a very enjoyable experience.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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