Death in a Desert Land (Hardback)Andrew Wilson (author)
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Who better to have as your sleuth than the Queen of Crime herself? That is the conceit behind Andrew Wilson’s delightfully realised Agatha Christie mysteries, the third of which is set on an archaeological dig in Mesopotamia. Centred on the suspicious demise of the explorer Gertrude Bell, Death in a Desert Land has tremendous fun blurring the boundaries between fact and fiction.
I'm Mrs Christie. I think you are expecting me...
Baghdad, 1928. Agatha leaves England for the far-flung destination, determined to investigate an unresolved mystery: two year ago, the explorer and the writer Gertrude Bell died there from a drugs overdose. At the time, the authorities believed that Bell had taken her own life, but a letter now unearthed reveals she was afraid someone wants to kill her...
In her letter, Bell suggests that if she were to die the best place to look for her murderer would be Ur, the archaeological site in ancient Mesopotamia famous for its Great Death Pit.
But as Agatha stealthily begins to look into the death of Gertrude Bell, she soon discovers the mission is not without its risks. And she has to use all her skills to try and outwit a killer who is determined to stay hidden among the desert sands...
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 416
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 29 mm
'A heart of darkness beats within this sparkling series. Fizzy with charm yet edge with menace, Andrew Wilson's Christie novels do Dame Agatha proud' - A. J. Finn
'Beautifully written. Both lyrical and compelling. I felt as though I was walking by Agatha Christie's side' - Jane Corry
'An affectionate homage to Agatha Christie's desert dramas with a cheeky nod to Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky. A superior blend of fact and fiction, it's a hugely entertaining riot of red herrings, poisonous plots and boiling passions under the white hot desert sun. A must for connoisseurs of Golden Age crime fiction' - Sean O'Connor
Praise for Andrew Wilson:
'Wilson not only knows his subject but he deftly moves the tale away from mere literary ventriloquism and into darker territory. Great fun, too' - The Observer
'Reinvents the story of Agatha Christie'smysterious disappearance with thrilling results' - The Guardian
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