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[PDF.ePUB.MOBI]  Death in a Desert Land Author Andrew Wilson – serv3.3pub.co.uk ❮EPUB❯ ✼ Death in a Desert Land ✷ Author Andrew Wilson – Serv3.3pub.co.uk ueen of Crime Agatha Christie returns to star in another stylish mystery as she travels to the excavation of the ancient city of Ur where she must solve a crime with motives that may be as old as civi ueen of Crime Agatha a Desert Kindle Ð Christie returns to star in another stylish mystery as she travels to the excavation of the ancient city of Ur where she must solve a crime with motives that may be as old as civilization itselfFresh from solving the gruesome murder of a British agent in the Canary Islands mystery writer Agatha Christie receives a letter Death in Epub / from a family who believe their late daughter met with foul play Before Gertrude Bell overdosed on sleeping medication she was a prominent archaeologist recovering ancient treasures in the Middle East Found near her body was a letter claiming that Bell was being followed To complicate things further Bell was competing with another archeologist Mrs Woolley for the rights to artifacts in a Desert PDF º of immense value Christie travels to far off Persia where she meets the enigmatic Mrs Woolley as she is working on a big and potentially valuable discovery Temperamental but brilliant Mrs Woolley uickly charms Christie but when she does not hide her disdain for the recently deceased Miss Bell Christie doesn’t know whether to trust her—or if Bell’s killer is just clever enough to hide in plain sight With Wilson’s signature “strong characters shrewd plotting and a skillful blending of fact and fiction” Shelf Awareness starred review on A Talent for Murder this is a thrilling adventure based on real events in Christie's life and set amidst the cursed ruins of an ancient land.


10 thoughts on “Death in a Desert Land

  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    This is my first taste of Andrew Wilson's historical crime fiction series set in the 1920s featuring the ueen of Crime as a a undercover sleuth working for the British intelligence officer Davison after solving the murder of a British agent in Tenerife previously This is a well told novel that shows detailed research of Agatha Christie's real life people she really knew with Wilson skilfully and seamlessly blending fact with fiction Wilson's Christie is modest shrewd anxious and vulnerable and still not uite over her first husband leaving her She travels to Baghdad and the ancient city of Ur to look into the death of Gertrude Bell the famous Arabist and adventurer after unsent letters are uncovered which suggest she was murdered by someone working at the Ur archaeological site Christie's visit was to be the source of the well known crime novel Murder in Mesopotamia and in time was to culminate in her second marriage to the archaeologist Max Mallowan who gets a brief mention hereAt Ur the dig is run by Leonard Woolley a man who had a tense relationship with Bell often disagreeing with her He is married to the larger than life Katherine an outspoken woman whose first husband a military man who worked for British intelligence committed suicide She has a reputation for not liking other woman on the site but has made an exception for Christie whose crime fiction she admires Katharine is not a well liked woman volatile afflicted with fits of mania loves a cat named Tom that is loathed by everyone else and experiencing strange hallucinations Others on the site include Lawrence McRae and his troubled nephew Cecil whose parents are tragically dead Father Burrows and the site administrator Cynthia Jones an extremely capable and well organised woman Present are the Americans the charming dig photographer Harry Miller and the very wealthy Archer family Hubert his wife Ruth and daughter Sarah When a murder takes place the chief and obvious suspect is Katherine but is she guilty? Christie investigates only to find nothing is as it seems Wilson does not shy away from portraying the attitudes and norms of this period of history the overt racism a colonial power party to spiriting away ancient Middle Eastern treasures the locals all looking alike and doing all the actual heavy work on the dig whilst the British and Americans live in their own little exclusive bubble All of this adds a sense of authenticity to the storytelling not to mention the accurate portrayal of the real Christie's visits to the Middle East This is an engaging mystery one that I think many fans of Agatha Christie are likely to enjoy reading Many thanks to Simon and Schuster for an ARC


  2. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    Aww this series is so much fun The main character is Agatha Christie I have not read the previous two books but I will spill the beans and tell you after this I definitely plan to I also can easily let you know this one stands alone if you want to jump right in like I didA family has written to Agatha Christie asking for her help in solving the death of their daughter Gertrude Bell was a famous archaeologist working in the Middle East She was competing with another archaeologist Mrs Woolley for some key artifacts worth a fortuneChristie goes to Persia to meet with Mrs Woolley She is brilliant but pulls no punches letting Christie know exactly what she thought of GertrudeWow So a little side note as to why I connected so well to this story One of my majors in undergrad was anthropology and I heavily considered attending graduate school for archaeology I love everything about archaeology from digging in the dirt to discoveries to analysis It’s all fascinating and this book being set amongst ancient ruins? Loved itMore to love The characters are so engaging Agatha Christie is a force and we all knew she would be The plot never loses steam and there’s great tension throughout It also has an adventure feel which made it even excitingOverall Death in a Desert Land is a solid clever original historical mystery and I am ever so grateful it was put on my radarI received a complimentary copy All opinions are my ownMy reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom


  3. Miriam Smith Miriam Smith says:

    Not having heard of the bestselling author Andrew Wilson before or reading any of his atmospheric murder mysteries featuring ‘Agatha Christie’ I was most intrigued to read his latest Agatha story “Death in a Desert Land” In true Christie form Wilson has written a first rate novel that you’d be hard pushed to realise hadn’t actually been written by the golden age ueen of detective fiction herself For me every character was excellently portrayed and had a typical persona of the 1920’s and each had a perfect role to play in the plot itself I was interested to learn that a lot of the characters were based on real life people and actually did work as archaeologists so seemlessly they were written into the story Set in the Near East in the ancient Mesopotamian archaeological site of Ur the atmosphere of the surrounding desert was so accurate you could actually feel the intense heat and dry air and with the smells from the souks and alleyways the novel really takes on its own ambience and pervading mood for the setting The author had captured Agatha Christie so true to form this could literally have been a biography and murder that Agatha had found herself in in real life The research into her knowledge of poisons and her intriguing personal life blended real life and fiction superbly Her classic ability to sniff out a criminal from ten paces made this a fabulously intriguing novel and the archetypical gathering at the denouement where the culprit was revealed was a joy to read I was particularly stunned by the revelations of one of the character’s at the end and thought it a very clever addition to the storyline I will definitely be going back to read the first two in this historical crime series “A Talent for Murder” and “A Different Kind of Evil” and without doubt will be reading any future instalments featuring the fabulous sleuthing of Mrs Christie5 stars


  4. eyes.2c eyes.2c says:

    Compelling 1920's intrigueWilson continues his fictionalized stories about Agatha Christie's life positing her travels and adventures partly as undercover work for British Intelligence as supporting her detecting aspirations and as gathering material for her writing An inspired idea the reimagined life of Agatha Agatha has been asked by her friend and Intelligence Officer Davison to go to Ur by way of Bagdad to investigate the death of a prominent archaeologist writer and Intelligence Officer Gertrude Bell Bell also helped drafted the antiuities law in Ira Given the rape of antiuities from the Middle East and Egypt this was an important accomplishment for the timesAgatha is presented as a uiet force still reeling with self doubts after her infamous disappearance followed by her divorce from her husband Archie To those she meets she is a crime writer with interests in archaelogyThe buildup of tension over time the brutal death of a young heiress at the Dig near the Ur Ziggurat the accusations and actions against the accused Mrs Woolley are full of acrominy and hate bordering on hysteria Throw in others with secrets and there is a downward spiral towards chaos with too many clues Agatha is dealing with a group of strangers throwing off the shackles of civilized behavior and the real possibly of descent into anarchyAgatha has her hands full as she searches for clues and brings together hunches and facts and in consummate Hercule Poirot fashion unveils the murderer and the hidden plot within a plotI commend the author's detailing of the facts behind this story at the end of the novel In this section background information is given that is not only informative but attests to the uite rigorous research Wilson has engaged in thus shaping this intriguing addition to the novels about Agatha Christie the personA solid historical crimemystery readAn Atria Books ARC via NetGalley


  5. Lynn Horton Lynn Horton says:

    The combination of Agatha Christie archaeology ancient civilizations and the Middle East is irresistable to me so my perspective on this book may be skewed But Death in a Desert Land was the perfect summer afternoon read on my front terrace and I recommend it for the following reasonsFirst Wilson gets the tone right; I felt as if I were reading a Christie novel Second he also gets the desert right; I'll be back again in the Middle East this fall and can't wait to be surrounded by sand climbing in and out of archaeological sites Lastly the book reminds me of the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters; I miss that late author a lot and the dig superintendent in Death in a Desert Land could be a twin to the super in the Peabody mysteries My one complaint is that I suspected the villian at the 30 percent mark But the read is pleasant and engaging enough to overlook that I'll be buying the next book in this seriesRecommended


  6. AdiTurbo AdiTurbo says:

    So sad this is the last book available from this series It was wonderful so suspenseful had a fascinating and rich historical and geographical background everything a girl can want from a historical mystery novel and Agatha Christie's character is still well done and the rest of the characters here many of which also historical figures also come to life convincingly When is the next one coming out?


  7. Thebooktrail Thebooktrail says:

    Visit the locations in the novelThere’s something really exciting about a novel which mixes fact and fiction Taking a real life author Agatha Christie and making her a character solving her own mysteries is genius Taking her on a case which then will lead her to write A Murder in Mespotamianow that gave me a little frisson right thereI’ve enjoyed this series from the start and it’s getting better All these adventures lead to plots in her real life novels That’s something that will never get old for me and it’s always exciting to see what she is going to get up to nextThis set in Ira is a classic The prelude to A Murder in Mesopotamia is a feast for bookworms everywhere and a really good mystery into the bargain I really got to know Agatha in this novel and her emotional side her inuisitive mind and her character in generalBut that setting The dig at Ur and the subseuent finds I was there in the dust sand and hot Ira sun What a treat that was So evocatively drawn and imagined Historical figures wander on and off the pages Leonard and Katherine Wooley were the ones who headed the excavations in real life and it’s a very uniue feeling to have so many names and events wrapped up in one storyYou don’t have to know much about the Christie novel or Christie herself to enjoy this book It’s a treat for the eyes and the imagination Arm chair detectives will love it


  8. The Lit Bitch The Lit Bitch says:

    I would venture to say that most people have heard of the great mystery writer Agatha Christie She’s written so many classic mysteries and I would be hard pressed to meet someone who hasn’t heard of at least one of her books in one way or anotherBecause she is so recognizable and such a classic mystery writer I was thrilled to see that someone had turned her into her own fictional sleuth My first thought when I saw that someone had done this was that it sounded hokey Agatha Christie is such an icon and to mess with that and turn her into a fictionalized detective sounded tritebut at the same time I was also here for itEspecially when I read the description It sounded like Agatha Christie was going to be kind of a female Indiana Jones—at least in this book—who solves crime And to be honest I didn’t care how hokey this book could potentially be I just knew that I needed to read itMy first thought when I finished this book was ‘where have you been hiding?’ This series is a new to me series as is the author and as soon as I finished I went and brought the other two books in the series because I loved this one and needed This book had such great tone and presence about it and I loved that the author stayed true to Christie as a person as well as the time period This author has written a lot of non fictionbiographies from what I understand and this series is his first fictional writing I think being a non fiction writer helped him stay true to the period as well as Christie herself I was glad he didn’t make her into a caricature of herself he kept her smart a little romantic and introspective I think fans of Christie’s novels will find a lot to love with this seriesOther things that went through my mind while reading this one were how much I love exotic settings for murder mysteries I adored the Amelia Peabody series and often try to find another series that might fill that void and this particular book at least reminded me of all the things that I love about the Amelia Peabody books—intelligence interesting mystery exotic location archeology and some cheekThis book is the third in a series so naturally I was worried about picking this book up late in the game but I didn’t feel lost in the slightest The author does a great job keeping the reader up to speed on previous plot points but overall this book focuses on the mystery and for that there isn’t much back story neededOn the whole I loved this book and truly enjoyed picking it up each night I can’t wait to read the other books in the series as well what an interesting heroine Also the cover alone makes me want to read this book It screams adventure and archeology and I would easily have grabbed it off the shelf at any bookstoreSee my full review here


  9. Melissa Melissa says:

    I feel like I've read a similar book but still a great addition to this series with Agatha Christie as the main character I'll be waiting impatiently for book #4Fresh from solving the gruesome murder of a British agent in the Canary Islands mystery writer Agatha Christie receives a letter from a family who believe their late daughter met with foul play Before Gertrude Bell overdosed on sleeping medication she was a prominent archaeologist recovering ancient treasures in the Middle East Found near her body was a letter claiming that Bell was being followed and to complicate things further Bell was competing with another archeologist Mrs Woolley for the rights to artifacts of immense value Christie travels to far off Persia where she meets the enigmatic Mrs Woolley as she is working on a big and potentially valuable discovery Temperamental but brilliant Mrs Woolley uickly charms Christie but when she does not hide her disdain for the recently deceased Miss Bell Christie doesn’t know whether to trust her—or if Bell’s killer is just clever enough to hide in plain sight


  10. Laurie Laurie says:

    In the ancient city of Ur Agatha Christie investigates the suspicious death of a prominent archeologist When a visitor to the site is murdered Agatha finds herself trying to unravel past secrets in an effort to find the culprit and protect the innocentThis is a book that keeps you enthralled from beginning to end The plot is intricate and gripping Vivid descriptions of the archeologic site encampment and surrounding desert provide a setting that is almost claustrophobic; evoking a dark menace and tension that is almost palpableI love the way Mr Wilson interweaves a murder mystery with actual events from the life of Agatha Christie in this case her first trip to the archeologic dig at Ur and her initial meeting with Leonard and Katherine Woolley From an historic perspective their relationship and especially Katherine Woolley’s persona lend themselves perfectly to the story It makes it seem so plausible that the events of this book inspired mysteries that Christie was to write Murder in Mesopotamia is obvious but also Murder on the Orient Express and Ten Little Indians come to mind The characters are fascinating I have always been a fan of Agatha Christie and this characterization makes her all the endearing She is charming intelligent and shy; unaware of just how capable she really is Davison has developed into a wonderful character and a true partner for Agatha The secondary characters are not just walk ons but very well developedI highly recommend this book You don’t have to be a Christie fan to love this oneMy thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for the advance reader copy made available for my review


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