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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

#ReadThis @AgathaChristie @HarperCollins @Morrow_PB #MurderinMesopotamia by #AgathaChristie #Thirteenth #13 #HerculePoirot #Mystery

It's not who you know it's Whom You Know and we virtually know Agatha Christie by the powerful point of her pen, sharpness of mind and Poirot precision that overcomes all evil.  Not only is she the most widely published author of all time but also now she is the most reviewed author on Whom You Know.  Murder is a habit and Christie is addictive.  Peachy's a proud addict.  We certainly will be sad when we reach the end but we have a long way to go.

This book is most likely greatly enhanced by her second marriage!  What on earth is Poirot doing in Mesopotamia when he is such an advocate of luxury and fine living you might ask?  Bien sur mes amies, where there is murder, there is Poirot sorting out the facts and digging for the truth, always.

The cast of characters on the archeological dig are all new to us, and characters they are.  With each turn of the page you'll discover new friends to meet but be careful whom you befriend!  Who's the murderer!?!?  Who's real?!?!?  

The first page is hilarious as it evidences that history truly does repeat itself:
"There have been the wildest and most ridiculous rumours suggesting that important evidence was suppressed and other nonsense of that kind.  Those misconstructions have appeared more especially in the American Press."  (foreword.)

If you are new to us you should know Agatha Christie is BRITISH and this was written in 1936.  Obviously Agatha and Peachy never had the pleasure of meeting each other otherwise she would have excluded us from that sentence.

Of course we are all during covid lockdown STILL so an archeological dig virtual vacation should be at the top of your list.  Best is you won't even get dirty and you can sip hot tea (Peachy likes Irish Lyons or PG Tips with her monkey.) Perhaps even listen to The Drifters as you read.  Agatha even quotes Keats on p. 42.

Spies, the war, the Louvre and so many topics of beaucoup de intrigue and layers of consequence evolve at a perfect pace.  You are never going to know what's going on until the end unless you are the genius Agatha herself.  Be careful whom you marry!!!  It could kill you. Suicides DO NOT hit themselves on the head.  And of course mes amies, handwriting matters.  For all New Yorkers reading, you will not help but think of our highly disgusting governor when you read Death in a Nursing Home on p. 72.

Murder in Mesopotamia is Recommended by Whom You Know!

Previously on Whom You Know, Agatha has been lauded:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Murder on the Links

Poirot Investigates

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Big Four

The Mystery of the Blue Train

Peril at End House

Lord Edgware Dies

Murder on the Orient Express

Three Act Tragedy

and we took a break from only him and did him with others in Midwinter Murder

and returned to only him with Death in the Clouds

The ABC Murders

About the Author
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only in the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She is the author of eighty crime novels and short-story collections, around thirty plays, two memoirs, and six novels written under the name Mary Westmacott

She first tried her hand at detective fiction while working in a hospital dispensary during World War I, creating the now-legendary Hercule Prior with her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. In 1930, Miss Jane Marple made her first full-length novel appearance in The Murder at the Vicarage, quickly becoming another beloved and enduring character to rival Poirot's popularity. Additional series characters include the husband-and wife crime-fighting team of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, private investigator Parker Pyne, and Scotland Yard detectives Superintendent Battle and Inspector Japp.

Many of Christie's novels and short stories were adapted into plays, films, and television series. The Mousetrap opened in 1952 and is the longest running play in history. Academy Award-nominated actor and director Kenneth Branagh helmed the acclaimed major motion picture Murder on the Orient Express in 2017 and its sequel, Death on the Nile, starring in both films as the Belgian detective. On the small screen Poirot has been most memorably portrayed by David Suchet, and Miss Marple by Joan Hickson and subsequently Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie.

Christie was first married to Archibald Christie and then to archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan, whom she accompanied on expeditions to countries that would also serve as the settings for many of her novels. In 1971 she achieved one of Britain's highest honors when she was made a Dame of the British Empire. She died in 1976 at the age of eighty-five. The one-hundred-year anniversary of Agatha Christie stories and the debut of Hercule Poirot was celebrated around the world in 2020. Whom You Know will never stop celebrating it!

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