Hearing of a murder in an Indian hill station, Kipling discussed the case with Arthur Conan Doyle. Arguably, the case was passed on to Agatha Christie.
Aleppo is one of the Middle East’s great historic centres, its ancient citadel and mosques, damaged during the ongoing war are a source of Syrian pride.
Sophie Hannah’s resurrection of Hercule Poirot might have been the last nail in the franchise’s coffin, but it has prised it wide open instead.
Nimrud, once the capital of an empire stretching across the ancient Middle East was recaptured by Iraqi troops after ISIS ransacked it two years ago.