Murder in Mesopotamia
Murder in Mesopotamia, by Agatha Christie, is a murdericious story. It’s got the signature Christie twists that wind themselves into a near-unsolvable maze of lies and treachery. It’s got wonderful characters – you never suspect the one that did it. And it’s a Poirot story, which makes it all the better, because he’s an even more complex character than the suspects.
Murder in Mesopotamia’s twists are great and surprising, but there weren’t as many as the other Christies I’ve read. I’m not sure why that was, but Christies are better when they’re more packed with twists but not absolutely bursting. If there are too many twists it gets impossible to understand. One Christie with twists of murder, intrigue, suspicion, and cruelty, please!
The characters are the best part of Murder in Mesopotamia. They have so many secrets. And they seem incredibly real. Poirot adds some spice to it all and does some first-class detecting, as usual. In this Christie, we learn one of the secrets of mystery writing: your characters are the best part of the story. (By the way, Christie really likes italics.)
Murder in Mesopotamia is a first-rate murder mystery. It’s one of the best…so far. I may find better in this week, so keep reading for more. And I will definitely keep reading Christie.