From well-known mystery writer Agatha Christie, this murder mystery captivates anyone who comes too close. The narrator of this book, a matronly nurse, is called to a dig site excavating an ancient Mesopotamian palace to care for the head archaeologist’s seeming delusional young wife. She fears that someone is haunting her or trying to kill her, but her fears are dismissed as irrational. When she is indeed found murdered in her own room, the narrator assists the famous Hercule Poirot, a well-known detective, in investigating the rest of the colourful suspects and deducting the murderer’s plot.
This book is full to bursting with lovely descriptions, interesting and deep characters, and well-done yet subtle foreshadowing and planted evidence for the multitude of plot twists. The final reveal is suitably satisfying and leaves the reader smug at their own insight yet blindsided by the revelations they failed to catch.
This classic book is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys mystery novels or fancies themselves a detective. The charming stories of human emotion will touch all readers alike. As a fascinatingly complex and involved mystery that focuses more on the clever moves of the detective and evidence gathered than gristly scenes, everyone should find this book accessible and not alarming.If you lack the stomach for horror but enjoy classic mystery, this book is undoubtedly for you- read it at earliest opportunity.
Andrew rates this book 4/5
Tags: suspense, mystery, detective, murder, historical fiction