Murder in Mesopotamia By Agatha Christie

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Murder in Mesopotamia Agatha Christie 1936
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2 Dedicated to My many archaeological friends in Iraq and Syria
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3 Contents Foreword by Giles Reilly, MD 01. Frontispiece 02. Introducing Amy Leatheran 03. Gossip 04. I Arrive in Hassanieh 05. Tell Yarimjah 06. First Evening 07. The Man at the Window 08. Night Alarm 09. Mrs. Leidner’s Story 10. Saturday Afternoon 11. An Odd Business 12. ‘I Didn’t Believe…’ 13. Hercule Poirot Arrives 14. One of Us? 15. Poirot Makes a Suggestion 16. The Suspects 17. The Stain by the Washstand 18. Tea at Dr Reilly’s 19. A New Suspicion 20. Miss Johnson, Mrs. Mercado, Mr. Reiter 21. Mr. Mercado, Richard Carey 22. David Emmott, Father Lavigny and a Discovery 23. I Go Psychic 24. Murder is a Habit 25. Suicide or Murder 26. Next It Will Be Me! 27. Beginning of a Journey 28. Journey’s End 29. L’Envoi
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5 Foreword by Giles Reilly, MD The events chronicled in this narrative took place some four years ago. Circumstances have rendered it necessary, in my opinion, that a straightforward account of them should be given to the public. 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. For obvious reasons it was desirable that the account should not come from the pen of one of the expedition staff, who might reasonably be supposed to be prejudiced. I therefore suggested to Miss Amy Leatheran that she should undertake the task. She is obviously the person to do it. She had a professional character of the highest, she is not biased by having any previous connection with the University of Pittstown Expedition to Iraq and she was an observant and intellectual eye witness. It was not very easy to persuade Miss Leatheran to undertake this task—in fact, persuading her was one of the hardest jobs of my professional career—and even after it was completed she displayed a curious reluctance to let me see the manuscript. I discovered that this was partly due to some critical remarks she had made concerning my daughter Sheila. I soon disposed of that, assuring her that as children criticize their parents freely in print nowadays, parents are only too delighted when their offspring come in for their share of abuse! Her other objection was extreme modesty about her literary style. She hoped I would ‘put the grammar right and all that.’ I have, on the contrary, refused to alter so much as a single word. Miss Leatheran’s style in my opinion is vigorous, individual and entirely apposite. If she calls Hercule Poirot ‘Poirot’ in one paragraph and ‘Mr. Poirot’ in the next, such a variation is both interesting and suggestive. At one moment she is, so to speak, ‘remembering her manners’ (and hospital nurses are great sticklers for etiquette) and at the next her interest in what she is telling is that of a pure human being—cap and cuffs forgotten! The only thing I have done is to take the liberty of writing a first chapter—aided by a letter
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