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Publisher's Summary

Crime sleuth Hercule Poirot returns in a thrilling BBC Radio 4 dramatisation.

Amy Leatheran has never felt the lure of the mysterious East, but when she travels to an ancient site deep in the Iraqi desert to nurse the wife of a celebrated archaeologist; events prove stranger than she could ever have imagined. Her patient’s bizzarre visions and nervous terror seem unfounded, but as the oppressive tension in the air thickens, events come to a terrible climax - in murder...

©1938 Agatha Christie Ltd (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

What listeners say about Murder in Mesopotamia (Dramatised)

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Mystery Plus Archeology

Would you consider the audio edition of Murder in Mesopotamia (Dramatised) to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed both versions. The audio edition version has merit because it brings the characters to life. It is like listening to a play.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the nurse who narrated the story. I thought the solution to the mystery was plausible but unexpected.

Have you listened to any of John Moffatt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to all of his audio book portrayals of this character. He is a very competent Hercules Poirot.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A deadly mix of mystery and archaeology.

Any additional comments?

I like the stories set in exotic locales. I also liked the archaeology aspects of the story.

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Compulsive listening

This adaptation is brilliant achievement that keeps you actively involved from start to end. The acting is wonderfully subtle, offering some new perspectives on very familiar characters. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it with all my heart to those who want to feel good for a couple of days.

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Great story!

Story is very well written and told and Poirot est magnifique as always. You won't be disappointed.

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Agatha Christie is a ROCK STAR!

I love Agatha Christie, and the narrator was wonderful. These two combined equals a great audible.

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Great Full Cast Production

Would you consider the audio edition of Murder in Mesopotamia (Dramatised) to be better than the print version?

Another very enjoyable listen from BBC radio collection. John Moffat reads the part of Hercule Poirot very well. I like the addition of music and sound effects. Everything about this recording is top notch.

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  • 09-16-12

excellent dramatisation

The characters are all true to the book, the story is well paced and the addition of various background noises and occasional musical interludes add to the overall setting.



John Moffat once again brings the character of Poirot to life in a believable and entertaining way.



The story itself is an interesting mix of archaeology, inter-personal relationships and murder.

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  • CaWa
  • 02-19-15

Amazing production

As per comments by previous reviewer I completely agree, great atmosphere, wonderful music and sound effects that really take you far far away, I challenge anyone not to smile at the end! I am going to put this on again and again it's really that good!.

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  • Nadia Leclercq
  • 11-10-19

Too expensive

10 pounds for a podcast that is free on giogle podcast. Where is the ebook?

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-22-18

Murder in Mesopatania

Really tend dramatisation. John Moffat is superb as the detective. Well worth listening to. Good

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  • marcellaferguson
  • 04-23-17

A Musty Murder

Not the best but not bad. Too many characters in my opinion. Plot was clever but a little far fetched..didnt feel the murderer had a real motive. Sound effects were distracting when characters were speaking. Performance fantastic as always.

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  • Rufus
  • 12-01-15

Good take with plenty of twists

What made the experience of listening to Murder in Mesopotamia (Dramatised) the most enjoyable?

I've watched this drama many years ago, but never read the book. I found the dramatisation a great in between. It had the drama and interest of a to show but the deeper impact of the novel. I listen to these in the car and the dramatisation with different voices is much better to follow and keep track of all the characters than a regular audio book.

What other book might you compare Murder in Mesopotamia (Dramatised) to, and why?

Any Agatha Christie, all have a great murder, a shifty main character sleuth and loads of red herons.

Which character – as performed by John Moffatt – was your favourite?

Poirot is always the best but I did like the young nurse too, the actress was good.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I particularly liked the beginning, I thought the murder was set up well.

Any additional comments?

A good listen for a long car journey, listened to it in one sitting!