Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie

Published March 8, 2013 by bibliobeth


What’s it all about?:

Poirot, on vacation in Africa, meets the rich, beautiful Linnet Doyle and her new husband, Simon. As usual, all is not as it seems between the newlyweds, and when Linnet is found murdered, Poirot must sort through a boatload of suspects to find the killer before he (or she) strikes again.

What did I think?:

I have recently discovered a liking for Agatha Christie after being introduced to one of her amazing books “And Then There Were None,” by my book club. Death on the Nile is one of her more famous titles and after finishing it in lightning speed time, I can see why. The mystery revolves around a young woman called Linnet, one of the richest women in England with perhaps quite a few enemies, after she is found murdered on her Egyptian honeymoon.

And there are a great number of suspects that Poirot has to sift through to uncover the truth behind her grisly end – was it a crime of passion? Revenge? Or was the perp just after her cash? The reader is presented with various conundrums and many additional surprises are uncovered. I also enjoyed the fact that we got to know her cast of characters quite well before the murder occurs, and there is  a fair reaping ground for motive amongst them.

After recently experiencing Egypt for myself, I loved Christie’s descriptions of the country, culture and mannerisms – especially the over-enthusiastic and persuasive tourist guides. (It’s a real relic, honest!!)  This is a classic piece of detective fiction with a complicated but enjoyable plot that places Christie firmly on the throne and will continue to be appreciated in years to come.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):


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