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The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything - until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: 'I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.' Yet in The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything - until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: 'I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.' Yet in this exotic setting, nothing is ever quite what it seems...

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The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything - until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: 'I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.' Yet in The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything - until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: 'I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.' Yet in this exotic setting, nothing is ever quite what it seems...

30 review for Death on the Nile

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Keeten

    ”’What a lot of enemies you must make, Linnet.’ ‘Enemies?’ Linnet looked surprised. Joanna nodded and helped herself to a cigarette. ‘Enemies, my sweet. You’re so devastatingly efficient. And you’re so frightfully good at doing the right thing.’ Linnet laughed. ‘Why, I haven’t got an enemy in the world!’” Linnet Doyle is on her honeymoon in Egypt with the husband she recently stole from one of her best friends. Not only is Linnet filthy rich, but also gorgeous, sophisticated, and charming. Some might ”’What a lot of enemies you must make, Linnet.’ ‘Enemies?’ Linnet looked surprised. Joanna nodded and helped herself to a cigarette. ‘Enemies, my sweet. You’re so devastatingly efficient. And you’re so frightfully good at doing the right thing.’ Linnet laughed. ‘Why, I haven’t got an enemy in the world!’” Linnet Doyle is on her honeymoon in Egypt with the husband she recently stole from one of her best friends. Not only is Linnet filthy rich, but also gorgeous, sophisticated, and charming. Some might say a nearly perfect human being, except for stealing Jacqueline de Bellefort’s man. Not only was Simon the most amazing thing that had ever happened to Jacqueline, but she was also socially on the other side of the tracks from Linnet. Once Linnet showed interest, Simon had no chance, and Jacqueline was jilted. Linnet, like Jolene from the Dolly Parton song, could have any man. ”Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, I'm begging of you please don't take my man. Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Please don't take him just because you can. Your beauty is beyond compare, With flaming locks of auburn hair, With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green, Your smile is like a breath of spring. Your voice is soft like summer rain, And I cannot compete with you, Jolene.” I’ve got to be frank here: this was a bitch move. This is not a case of love at first sight where they were moved by high passions, or soul mates finally finding each other. It almost seems like Jacqueline has vetted this guy, and she really likes him so he will do nicely as a husband. Stealing a woman’s man practically off the church altar will create a mortal enemy, a soul deep enemy. Jacqueline follows them to Egypt on their honeymoon and makes sure that she turns up in their path, showing her stricken face as often as possible. As revenge goes, it is pretty good and certainly proves unnerving to the “loving” couple. Is it any great surprise that Linnet ends up murdered on the boat on the Nile, and Jacqueline is the number one suspect? The open and shut case becomes quite complicated because there is one man on the boat who weighs all the evidence and sifts all the minutia to find the sands of truth. Hercule Poirot knows what he likes and what he does not. He has impeccable manners even when he is accusing someone of...murder. If people conducted their business in the Poirot manner, it would be a much less chaotic world. ”But to succeed in life every detail should be arranged well beforehand.” Of course, murder finds him wherever he goes, like an ancient curse. One of the passengers, Tim Allerton, makes a very rash statement regarding my favorite Belgian detective. ”’Perhaps the truth will be known before then.’ ‘Why should it be?’ ‘Monsieur Poirot may find out.’ ‘That old mountebank? He won’t find out anything. He’s all talk and moustaches.’” Blasphemy!!! His moustaches would tie your moustaches (if you dared to grow them) into knots, Mr. Allerton!! Mr. Allerton has a few secrets of his own, which the “old mountebank” will ferret out in his spare time while trying to solve a murder, or two, or three. I won’t talk any more about the plot. I don’t want anyone getting their knickers in a twist or their boxers in a bunch over whether I have revealed too much. So I will talk about something that Agatha Christie does which is so enjoyable. She usually makes references to other cases in other books, which either makes me gleeful because I fully recognize the reference, or makes me slightly pensive, like a schoolboy called on with no answer to give. Either way, she makes me think about other books she has written, which is a brilliant way to make me read more of her books. She makes references to The Mystery of the Blue Train, Murder in Mesopotamia, and Cards on the Table, but my favorite was: ”’Once, on the Orient Express, I investigated a murder. There was a little matter of a scarlet kimono. It had disappeared, and yet it must be on the train. I found it--where do you think? In my own locked suitcase! Ah! It was an impertinence, that!’” The cast of Murder on the Orient Express A few weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of going to see the latest version of Murder on the Orient Express, starring Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot on the big screen, in the theater. It was amazing. The scenery is so lovely, the snow, the mountains, the train. The cast is a list of Hollywood icons who deliver superb performances. Branagh’s crisp blue eyes looked like infinity pools. I came out of that movie thinking everyone used to dress so NICE. Why don’t I dress like that, with such care, now? So when Poirot mentions the scarlet kimono, which makes an appearance in the new film, I felt a wave of nostalgia for a movie I had just watched a few weeks ago. Of course, I’ve had a long relationship with the story, going back decades. Interesting enough and why I decided to read Death on the Nile as my next Poirot, they tease us with mentioning it at the end of Murder on the Orient Express, intimating that if this movie does well, the next one will be Death on the Nile. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.com I also have a Facebook blogger page at:https://www.facebook.com/JeffreyKeeten

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brina

    It is 1937 and Cairo is still considered a jewel of a city to rival Paris. The rich and famous flock there to enjoy her night life and cruise the Nile to see the pyramids. Such is the backdrop for Dame Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile starring Hercule Poirot. As in many of Poirot's cases, this mystery features a young heiress, multiple motives for murder, and criminals traveling under assumed names. All these facets add up to a fun, page turning whodunit. Upon turning twenty one, Linnet Ridge It is 1937 and Cairo is still considered a jewel of a city to rival Paris. The rich and famous flock there to enjoy her night life and cruise the Nile to see the pyramids. Such is the backdrop for Dame Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile starring Hercule Poirot. As in many of Poirot's cases, this mystery features a young heiress, multiple motives for murder, and criminals traveling under assumed names. All these facets add up to a fun, page turning whodunit. Upon turning twenty one, Linnet Ridgeway stands to inherit her father's fortune. Meanwhile her best childhood friend Jacqueline de Belleforte has come upon hard times during the worldwide depression. Her fiancé Simon Doyle is out of work, and the couple seek out Ridgeway in hopes that she is able to assist one or both of them in finding work. Then the unthinkable happens: Ridgeway desires Doyle for herself and steals him away from de Belleforte. They travel to Cairo for their honeymoon, with de Belleforte closely stalking their every move. Famous detective Hercule Poirot happens to be enjoying a holiday on the same Nile cruise. Although on vacation, his companion Colonel Race happens to be on the same voyage on a tip that a serial killer is also vacationing there under an assumed identity. All goes smoothly until late one night Linnet Doyle nee Ridgeway is murdered in her cruise cabin. Put in charge of the investigation, Race entrusts Poirot in bringing the murderers to justice. Like the equally famous Poirot case Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile features a leisurely voyage with a large cast of characters, all with intriguing pasts. Even though it appeared obvious initially who the murderer was, Christie's methodology of having Poirot peel back layers and layers to the suspects and their motives for murder never grows stale for me. As in Orient Express there is a short window that the crime could have occurred yet with a myriad of clues, possible murderers and weapons, Poirot has to exercise many levels of gray matter in order to solve the case. As someone who enjoys contemporary mysteries, Christie's books remain timeless as the author who all current detective stories are measured against. While reading a Poirot case, I can picture David Souche as Poirot on the A&E series and almost visualize his dress and Belgian accent. Always a pleasure to read an Agatha Christie case, I rare Death on the Nile 4 solid stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    James

    Book Review 4+ out of 5 stars for Death on the Nile, a Hercule Poirot mystery published in 1937 by Agatha Christie. This is one of Christie's better mysteries, not because of the complexity in the mystery but due to the characters she creates. No one is who they appear to be on this ship, and they are all trapped together. It's nearly 100 years ago, so how could anyone get on or off the boat without the Captain or the rest of the staff in the know? (No, I'm not giving away a spoiler). Poirot Book Review 4+ out of 5 stars for Death on the Nile, a Hercule Poirot mystery published in 1937 by Agatha Christie. This is one of Christie's better mysteries, not because of the complexity in the mystery but due to the characters she creates. No one is who they appear to be on this ship, and they are all trapped together. It's nearly 100 years ago, so how could anyone get on or off the boat without the Captain or the rest of the staff in the know? (No, I'm not giving away a spoiler). Poirot is on vacation this time, and he is trying not to work. But when someone turns up dead, he has no choice but to solve this crime. People using different names, a killer trapped with little escape... seems easy to figure out. Add in a bit of archaeological history and all the wonderful things Christie learned on her own Egyptian trips, this is a culture storm waiting to explode. Poirot is at his best, which is usually his most annoying, of times. The upper-class and lower-class exploration in this novel crosses lines many times, as does the affairs or confusion over who is or was previously with someone else romantically. So many clues, so much fun to guess. And the film adaption does a great job at capturing the different personalities. Great one for a beginner to the series! About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. [polldaddy poll=9729544] [polldaddy poll=9719251]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Hopefully I am not committing any heretical thoughtcrime here, but am I the only one who thinks Hercule Poirot comes across as a bit of a doucheapotamus . Between the accent, the arrogance and the jabbing his butt into everyone’s business, he reminded of a cross between nosey neighbor Gladys Kravitz and everyone's favorite rapist, Pepe Le Pew. Now before you get the cheese grater and the lemon juice out for me, let me say that this is my first Agatha Christie novel and my first experience with Hopefully I am not committing any heretical thoughtcrime here, but am I the only one who thinks Hercule Poirot comes across as a bit of a doucheapotamus . Between the accent, the arrogance and the jabbing his butt into everyone’s business, he reminded of a cross between nosey neighbor Gladys Kravitz and everyone's favorite rapist, Pepe Le Pew. Now before you get the cheese grater and the lemon juice out for me, let me say that this is my first Agatha Christie novel and my first experience with Monsieur Poirot. I have no idea whether I started with the wrong book or whether my initial impression of HP will soften as I read more. At times he was just fine but there were moments when he was so full of himself that I wanted to tie him down and beat him with his own ego. Prime example: At one point he is heard to remark, and I quote: “And since I am in the habit of always being right…” which led to me responding “And are you also in the habit of always being pompous asstard.” The “my poop stinketh not” attitude was just a bit too much for me. Still, I enjoyed the book and plan to read more of Christie's mysteries. I thought the pacing was good and AC’s writing was terrific. I loved the characters (except for the aforementioned Toolbag Macdouchenator) and thought the mystery was terrific. As the title advertises, the story deals with a series of murders occurring on a Nile River cruise originating in Egypt. There is an excellent set up to the mystery and then once the killing begins the clues come fast and furious. I thought it was smart, interesting and engaging. I did suspect the final answer to the “whoduntheshit” well before the first murder had occurred, but that was just a lucky guess on my part and I don’t think it indicates that the mystery was flawed. I was still engaged until the very end because I had no idea that my suspicions were correct. Of course, when the solution was finally revealed, I did proceed to pat myself on the back and a gave myself a couple of well dones. Overall, I had a lot of fun reading this. I am sorry it took me so long to come to Agatha Christie’s work and I definitely plan to continue. I highly recommend this for mystery fans or people just looking for a well-written diversion when their knackered from the crap-filled drama of the everyday grind. 3.5 stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    J.L. Sutton

    Another vacation in an exotic locale, another murder to be solved by Agatha Christie's detective, Hercule Poirot. I enjoyed Christie's Death on the Nile. Amid excursions to Abu Simbel and other ancient Egyptian sites, Poirot becomes acquainted with his fellow travelers. I liked how Christie used the locale and focused on a smaller set of characters (at least a smaller set than in Murder on the Orient Express) to get at a deeper familiarity of our suspects. Death on the Nile is a quick read and v Another vacation in an exotic locale, another murder to be solved by Agatha Christie's detective, Hercule Poirot. I enjoyed Christie's Death on the Nile. Amid excursions to Abu Simbel and other ancient Egyptian sites, Poirot becomes acquainted with his fellow travelers. I liked how Christie used the locale and focused on a smaller set of characters (at least a smaller set than in Murder on the Orient Express) to get at a deeper familiarity of our suspects. Death on the Nile is a quick read and very accessible. I doubt I'll come away being overwhelmed with how Christie uses language or her insight into psychology, but I liked this one. 3.75 stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mickey

    A friend told me who the murderer was, so I was not surprized when the killer was discovered. I never talked to this friend again...

  7. 5 out of 5

    PorshaJo

    One of my favorite Agatha Christie stories. I read this book, have watched the movie hundreds of times, but now I wanted to hear the audio. The BBC radio dramatizations are unique and take some getting used to. The first BBC adaptation I listened to, I did not care for it. There are a lot of people for the various characters, there are background noises, and music. But this one I really enjoyed. It feels like I'm listening to a play or movie.....without seeing anything. The most fascinating part One of my favorite Agatha Christie stories. I read this book, have watched the movie hundreds of times, but now I wanted to hear the audio. The BBC radio dramatizations are unique and take some getting used to. The first BBC adaptation I listened to, I did not care for it. There are a lot of people for the various characters, there are background noises, and music. But this one I really enjoyed. It feels like I'm listening to a play or movie.....without seeing anything. The most fascinating part of the one for me is Egypt. A slow boat ride down the Nile, visiting various sites, all along with Mr. Hercule Poirot. As a child reading this one, I dreamed of visiting Egypt. This book has intrigue, jealousy, travel, mystery, murder, a cast of characters, ...all the classic formulas in a Christie book. A great book for those wanting to try out a Christie book. For audio lovers, a great adaptation worth listening to for a few short hours.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    This is only the second time that I read Death on the Nile. I remember the sublime subterfuge of the guilty party, but thought there were only two deaths in the book. In fact there are five deaths and the book has a quite hectic pace. Hercule Poirot refers to previous cases once or twice. In Murder of the Orient Express he absolved the guilty completely. In Death on the Nile, he regrets bringing the murderer to justice, but carries out this task still. The boat on the Nile houses many other charac This is only the second time that I read Death on the Nile. I remember the sublime subterfuge of the guilty party, but thought there were only two deaths in the book. In fact there are five deaths and the book has a quite hectic pace. Hercule Poirot refers to previous cases once or twice. In Murder of the Orient Express he absolved the guilty completely. In Death on the Nile, he regrets bringing the murderer to justice, but carries out this task still. The boat on the Nile houses many other characters who serve to camouflage the murderers. Investigation is carried out by Poirot and his temporary sidekick Colonel Race. There is some romance, and there is some sadness in the final revelation. I really enjoyed the book for there is no other book like it. The author was brilliant in imagining this setting. An unconditional 5 stars from me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    mark monday

    Choose Your Own Adventure! You are a poor sap who loves an English rose, a jewel of society, a gateway to fortune and romance. Together you travel the exotic Nile, surrounded by jealousy and greed and yearned-for vengeance, each of your fellow passengers a bizarre and unsettling caricature, each one morbidly following your every move. Murder strikes – not once, not twice, but thrice! The situation becomes quite unbearable, and made worse by the attentions of a notorious Belgian muckraker. How do Choose Your Own Adventure! You are a poor sap who loves an English rose, a jewel of society, a gateway to fortune and romance. Together you travel the exotic Nile, surrounded by jealousy and greed and yearned-for vengeance, each of your fellow passengers a bizarre and unsettling caricature, each one morbidly following your every move. Murder strikes – not once, not twice, but thrice! The situation becomes quite unbearable, and made worse by the attentions of a notorious Belgian muckraker. How do you get out of this byzantine mess? Whatever is an English lad to do? If you decide that Egypt is for savages and you’d prefer to get your jollies at a posh resort on the southern coast of England, choose http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... If you decide that Egyptian culture is worthy of further study, choose http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Linnet Ridgeway was an extremely wealthy young woman who had everything she had ever wanted; everything everyone else would have liked – but she didn’t have love. So when she married Simon, who had been engaged to one of Linnet’s closest friends, there was a good deal of animosity. While on their honeymoon, they were on the S.S. Karnak, slowly cruising up the Nile River; stopping to view the pyramids and other exotic tourist destinations. They were accompanied by a varied group of people and amo Linnet Ridgeway was an extremely wealthy young woman who had everything she had ever wanted; everything everyone else would have liked – but she didn’t have love. So when she married Simon, who had been engaged to one of Linnet’s closest friends, there was a good deal of animosity. While on their honeymoon, they were on the S.S. Karnak, slowly cruising up the Nile River; stopping to view the pyramids and other exotic tourist destinations. They were accompanied by a varied group of people and among them was one M. Hercule Poirot, himself on vacation… Of course, when Colonel Race (an old friend of Poirot’s) showed up, also a passenger on the S.S. Karnak, certain events began to follow. The beautiful Linnet was dead; Poirot and Colonel Race had investigations to conduct. And conduct them they did. But what more would happen? It certainly didn’t seem to be the luxurious cruise each of the passengers thought they were getting when they embarked… Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie is another brilliant mystery by this author. I thoroughly enjoyed this one – Poirot is my favourite sleuth, he’s always so much fun! He dangles so many threads in front of the reader; offers many red herrings. Then he ties all those threads in a neat little bow – the clever little detective has struck again! Highly recommended.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sooma Ahmad

    جيده جدا .. افضل مافيها شخصياتها المختلفه و المكان الي حصلت فيه الجريمه .. توقعت من بدايه الجريمه القاتل 🙄

  12. 4 out of 5

    María

    #LCMuerteEnElNilo Este libro ha conseguido sacarme del bloqueo lector. La verdad es que me ha gustado tanto que me lo he leído en tres noches xD. Para empezar quiero decir que ya me estoy acostumbrando al estilo de Ágatha Christie y no me sentí tan perdida cuando comencé esta novela. Es cierto que habiendo tantos personajes me cuesta un poco seguir el hilo pero cada vez me cuesta menos. Una de las cosas que me han sorprendido de esta novela es que ha sido más lenta que las demás que he leído. Norm #LCMuerteEnElNilo Este libro ha conseguido sacarme del bloqueo lector. La verdad es que me ha gustado tanto que me lo he leído en tres noches xD. Para empezar quiero decir que ya me estoy acostumbrando al estilo de Ágatha Christie y no me sentí tan perdida cuando comencé esta novela. Es cierto que habiendo tantos personajes me cuesta un poco seguir el hilo pero cada vez me cuesta menos. Una de las cosas que me han sorprendido de esta novela es que ha sido más lenta que las demás que he leído. Normalmente AC suele ir al grano, pero en esta novela el asesinato se comete casi a mitad del libro. Obviamente, me olía algo y terminé comprendiendo por qué la autora lo hizo de esta manera. Agradecí mucho que en el libro apareciera un mapa del marco con los nombres de los ocupantes de cada camarote, ya que ayuda mucho a no perderse jajajaja. Respecto a los personajes, quiero señalar que la mayoría de ellos no me han gustado mucho. Normalmente me pasa esto con las novelas de esta autora, ya que sus personajes son un poco impertinentes y mentirosos. Los únicos personajes que me han caído bien han sido Cornelia y Hércules Poirot. El misterio de esta novela me ha encantado, aunque lo descubrí antes de que terminara el libro. Es la primera vez que mis teorías son acertadas. Además estaba súper sorprendida porque tenía 3 teorías sobre 3 hechos distintos y las 3 fueron acertadas. Abro spoilers para comentarlo un poco ya que estoy súper contenta por esto: SPOILERSSSSSSSSSS - Tenía la teoría de que Tim había robado las perlas y las había sustituido por las falsas para su primera Joanna. Fue acertado. Obviamente no caí en que podría haber robado más veces hasta que Poirot estuve preguntándole sobre otros robos. La verdad es que esto lo veo un poco sencillo, ya que se van dando algunas pistas. - También tenía la teoría de que Jackie y Simon estaban compinchados para matar a Linnet y quedarse con todo su dinero. Obviamente no sabía como lo habían hecho del todo ya que era muy difícil averiguarlo, pero estaba segura de que habían sido ellos por algunos detalles. Ambos usaron las mismas palabras para explicar como Simon se había enamorado de Linnet: la comparación con el sol y la luna. También actuaron de un modo extraño cuando ella "le disparó" y sobre todo después del disparo. - También me intuía que habían drogado a Poirot para que esa noche estuviera dormido y no pudiera hacer nada. A raíz de esto fue cuando empecé a pensar que jackie y Simon estaban compinchados para matar a Linnet. Yo flipé en colores cuando vi que tenía razón en todo lo que había pensado. Casi lloro de la emoción JAJAJAJAJA. FIN DE SPOILERS En definitiva, me ha gustado bastante esta novela, aunque no llega a ser de mis favoritas de esta autora. Le doy 4 estrellas.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laure

    This is a really good one from Christie. It has all the ingredients of a great story. I wish they had done this plot as a film instead of the too-many-times filmed 'Murder on the Orient Express'.

  14. 4 out of 5

    3houd

    Death on the Nile has to be one of my favourite books by Agatha Christie. I've read most of her books and I never get tiered of re-reading them :) There's something specially dark about this book and I happen to like it. As usual the characters are multi-dimensional and quite weird and scandalous lol. EVERYONE has a motive and an opportunity, anyone could've done it but I can never guess the right person with Agatha :) Very enjoyable and highly recommended.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    أغاثا كريستي العبقريه كنت اتوقع القاتل منذ البداية ولكن الاحداث كانت شيقه جدا الاحداث غيرت مجري تفكيري وششكتني في توقعي للقاتل أكثر من مرة ترتيب الاحداث اكثر من رائع .. جريمة قتل بتفاصيل دقيقه لا يقدر علي رؤيتها سوي المحقق الرائع هيركيول بوارو وخلاياه الرمادية الصغيره تأخذنا هذه المره في رحلة رائعه في وادي النيل وتحديدا في اسوان مع الكثير من السياح يجمعهم مركب واحد كبير واحداث كثيرة مذهلة وممتعه جدا

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Aside from a few awkward (racist) sayings this book is as fresh and topical today as it was when it was written in 1937. I am sure I read this in the past but its plot had faded away probably replaced in my mind shanty by the theme song to the New Zoo Review which for some reason I can't get out of my head. At any rate this book begins as many of Ms. Christie's do, setting the stage by introducing us the the victims and suspects. We have a ridiculously rich young American girl living in her newly Aside from a few awkward (racist) sayings this book is as fresh and topical today as it was when it was written in 1937. I am sure I read this in the past but its plot had faded away probably replaced in my mind shanty by the theme song to the New Zoo Review which for some reason I can't get out of my head. At any rate this book begins as many of Ms. Christie's do, setting the stage by introducing us the the victims and suspects. We have a ridiculously rich young American girl living in her newly acquired and restored pile in England, her friends, her business advisors, her new husband, a British mother and son who are too aristocratic to really work but too poor to really enjoy it, an aging spinster who is the relation of some robber baron, her nurse and niece, and many many more and to all of this we add M. Hercule Poirot. All of these story lines will collide in Assuan now known as Aswan. Here we begin our locked room or cruise up the Nile. On a ship where everyone has a secret everyone will be a suspect and the red herring are running. The clues are all there and when the answer is revealed you think, I could have figured that out ... but you didn't M. Poirot did. Vocab: defalcations Defalcation is misappropriation of funds by a person trusted with its charge; also, the act of misappropriation, or an instance thereof.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Veronique

    4.5* “That is why most great love stories are tragedies.” Agatha Christie mentioned in her autobiography how she had only known four completely successful, happy, marriages, which sheds some light in the matter and the focus in this book. Death on the Nile is one of her best known stories and with reason. Once more, we are offered a compelling and puzzling crime mystery, but not just this. No, we are also thrown into an amazing setting - Egypt - in all its splendour, giving the readers two means 4.5* “That is why most great love stories are tragedies.” Agatha Christie mentioned in her autobiography how she had only known four completely successful, happy, marriages, which sheds some light in the matter and the focus in this book. Death on the Nile is one of her best known stories and with reason. Once more, we are offered a compelling and puzzling crime mystery, but not just this. No, we are also thrown into an amazing setting - Egypt - in all its splendour, giving the readers two means of escapism. This is the first time I read this novel and yet I remembered the story very clearly from several adaptations. Usually, I forget pretty quickly who the murderer is and the reason behind the crime, and yet, a few are carved in my mind, proof of their power. I wondered if this would curtail my enjoyment, but no, I loved watching what Christie was doing, setting the scenes, the players, the red herrings, while knowing exactly what was going on. It is one thing to experience the story for the first time and be swept by it, another to actually witness her skill.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mahdi Lotfi

    در این داستان، پوآرو كه برای گذراندن تعطیلات به مصر سفر كرده، با زوجی آشنا میشود كه ماه عسل خود را در آنجا میگذرانند و معماهای داستانها از همينجا در ذهن شكل میگيرند. هر دو مرد با دهانی نیمهباز، چشمان ندید بدید خود را به دختری دوخته بودند که داشت جلو پستخانه از یک رولزرویس قرمز رنگ پیاده میشد. دختر، نرم و چابک، از اتومبیل بیرون آمد. کلاه بر سر نداشت و موهای طلاییاش به او جلوه خاصی میداد. پیراهنی بلند اندام ظریف و زیبایش را پوشانده بود. از حرکاتش معلوم بود دختر متکی به نفسی است. حضور چنین دختری، ب در این داستان، پوآرو كه برای گذراندن تعطیلات به مصر سفر كرده، با زوجی آشنا می‌شود كه ماه عسل خود را در آن‌جا می‌گذرانند و معماهای داستان‌ها از همين‌جا در ذهن شكل می‌گيرند. هر دو مرد با دهانی نیمه‌باز،‌ چشمان ندید بدید خود را به دختری دوخته بودند که داشت جلو پست‌خانه از یک رولزرویس قرمز رنگ پیاده می‌شد. دختر، نرم و چابک،‌ از اتومبیل بیرون آمد. کلاه بر سر نداشت و موهای طلایی‌اش به او جلوه خاصی می‌داد. پیراهنی بلند اندام ظریف و زیبایش را پوشانده بود. از حرکاتش معلوم بود دختر متکی به نفسی است. حضور چنین دختری،‌ با آن سر و وضع ظاهرا بسیار ساده، در شهر کوچک مالتون آندرود پدیده‌ای بسیار نادر به شمار می‌آمد.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ariya

    I can see why people don't appreciate the Nile much equally to other famous Christie's novels: The Oriental Express or And Then There We're None, still I love the way the story unfold itself. The crime is also humanly touching, practical and realistic. There's also the elements such as atmosphere, the journey to the Nile, and old-fashioned who-dun-it crime scene in the transitional place (boat, and reminding of the old day's the train express) which can be variously interpreted, for such, the pl I can see why people don't appreciate the Nile much equally to other famous Christie's novels: The Oriental Express or And Then There We're None, still I love the way the story unfold itself. The crime is also humanly touching, practical and realistic. There's also the elements such as atmosphere, the journey to the Nile, and old-fashioned who-dun-it crime scene in the transitional place (boat, and reminding of the old day's the train express) which can be variously interpreted, for such, the place of the complexities of the mind and the journey to the dark exposure of the soul and human's true feelings.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Anze

    "'What a lot of enemies you must make, Linnet,' 'Enemies?' Linnet looked surprised. 'Enemies, my sweet. You're so devastatingly efficient.' Linnet laughed. 'Why, I haven't got an enemy in the world.'" Linnet Ridgeway has it all: money, youth, fame and beauty. What she does not have, she finds a way to get and usually succeeds. When her friend Jaqueline de Belleforte asks Linnet to give her fiance, Simon Doyle, a job Linnet does. However, she takes it a step further and steals Doyle away from Jaquelin "'What a lot of enemies you must make, Linnet,' 'Enemies?' Linnet looked surprised. 'Enemies, my sweet. You're so devastatingly efficient.' Linnet laughed. 'Why, I haven't got an enemy in the world.'" Linnet Ridgeway has it all: money, youth, fame and beauty. What she does not have, she finds a way to get and usually succeeds. When her friend Jaqueline de Belleforte asks Linnet to give her fiance, Simon Doyle, a job Linnet does. However, she takes it a step further and steals Doyle away from Jaqueline and marries him herself. The couple go on their honeymoon on a cruise on the Nile, and Jaqueline is also on board the steamer. When Linnet is found dead in her cabin, Hercule Poirot, who is supposed to be on holiday during this cruise, investigates and finds that he has no shortage of suspects or motives as Linnet made plenty of enemies along the way. Another great book by Christie! I absolutely love it! Originally published in 1937, 'Death on the Nile' is the 17th book in the Poirot series, and in my opinion, one of the best. Just like ' Murder on the Orient Express' and 'Then There Were None', a murder is commited on a standstill crime scene and the murderer has to be one of the passengers. Linnet Doyle, formerly Ridgeway, is on board the steamer that is cruising the Nile with her new husband Simon. On board is also Jaqueline, Simon's ex-fiance and Linnet's former friend. As the steamer moves along the Nile, Linnet is found dead, shot in the head, in her cabin. Naturally suspicion falls on Jaqueline first but with a varied and colorful slew of passengers, she is not the only one with motive. As Poirot investigates, he sees that many onboard have a grudge against Linnet and everyone has something to hide. With such a number of suspects, I admire the way in whch Christie gives all her characters complex backstories and made them memorable. I love the way in which the pace build up. Everything from the premise and setting to the tone and characterization was on point. I thoroughly was entertained and mesmerized by this book and did not want it to end. Its brilliant. And the reveal? I was not expecting that at all. As per usual, Dame Christie has not dissapointed me. Highly recommended!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Suvi

    Re-read 01.09.2017 From 3 to 4 stars. The first book I read from Christie was The Big Four (1927), but starting from that was a huge mistake, because it's vastly different from the usual Poirots. Luckily, Death on the Nile was next in line, and it confirmed once and for all that my time wouldn't be misspent reading Christie, just like it wasn't misspent watching the television adaptations for a long time before I moved on to her books. The plot of Death on the Nile is the only one I can remember Re-read 01.09.2017 From 3 to 4 stars. The first book I read from Christie was The Big Four (1927), but starting from that was a huge mistake, because it's vastly different from the usual Poirots. Luckily, Death on the Nile was next in line, and it confirmed once and for all that my time wouldn't be misspent reading Christie, just like it wasn't misspent watching the television adaptations for a long time before I moved on to her books. The plot of Death on the Nile is the only one I can remember vividly, in part because the Agatha Christie's Poirot adaptation is one of my favorites, so I've seen it several times. After nine years, the plot seems even more brilliant than the last time (not to mention that I really love how the novel is set in Egypt). It's the ultimate concept of presuming something is true just because it looks like it is, but we all know how one can't trust anything Christie shows us. When you know the murderer and the role of each passenger, it's also interesting to spot all the details where one can actually get an idea who the culprit is. As always, though, the details might not be hidden between the lines, but they're definitely obfuscated enough so that it becomes extremely hard to see the true meaning of certain scenes or words. Sidenote: I've recently decided to start collecting certain books from certain publishers (like Hodder's Stephen King paperbacks and classics in Everyman's Library editions), because I feel like my money is better spent on carefully selected books than impulse purchases, and Death on the Nile has the honor of being the first of HarperCollins's Agatha Christie facsimile editions on my shelf. Very pretty, I have to say, and I'll be posting about it on Instagram later today. - - - 10/09/2008 I should have known I like Christie because her stories are just simply wonderful old-fashioned crime puzzles that make you turn the pages and sigh when everything's finished. There's not much action or focusing to the crime solver's personal life which is fantastic and in a lot of ways works better than the plots of formulaic contemporary crime novels. Also, the time in which the murders are set is part of the appeal to me. For a long time I've adored the tv movies because you could actually see the lovely costumes and the stories came to life. Now I'm really pleased to have finally decided to read the original books. You might also want to try one of my favourite games, the Orient Express board game if you want to train your "grey brain cells" like Poirot.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Smitha

    A typical Poirot mystery. Rich heiress, impoverished friend, a couple of suitors, acquaintances with straightened circumstances. Heiress snatches her impoverished friend's fiance and they are off on a honeymoon cruise over the Nile. The outraged jilted lady friend, Poirot, a couple old ladies, a couple of young ladies, a few mysterious men - are put together in the cruise. What follows is a medley of intrigue, quarrel, theft, murder and mayhem. Was an enjoyable read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    “That is why most great love stories are tragedies.” ― Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile Death on the Nile is one of Christie’s most popular mysteries, also made into a popular movie with Peter Ustinov as the amusingly arrogant egg-head Belgian Poirot, who apparently never gets to take a real vaca, meeting murder in every boat and train on which he travels. This one is also one of Christie’s favorites, as she writes in an introduction to my edition. And the writing is a bit more polished and exu “That is why most great love stories are tragedies.” ― Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile Death on the Nile is one of Christie’s most popular mysteries, also made into a popular movie with Peter Ustinov as the amusingly arrogant egg-head Belgian Poirot, who apparently never gets to take a real vaca, meeting murder in every boat and train on which he travels. This one is also one of Christie’s favorites, as she writes in an introduction to my edition. And the writing is a bit more polished and exuberant than usual, focused as it is on some characters she and Poirot typically find delicious: Rich white women, which by this point Christie also must be. Linnet is the Girl Who Has Everything: Money, Good looks, and so on. But it’s a World Wide Depression in 1938; Linnet has to die, oops, sorry. We can’t have women like her live happily ever after. “Fey. . . a Scotch word. . . It means the kind of exalted happiness that comes before disaster. You know--it's too good to be true.” --Christie So, the main rich RWW here is Linnet Doyle, nee Ridgeway, newly married, and after a dozen pages of boring exposition set in England (to help you see just who it is likely will kill Linnet), we all trot off breezily to float down the Nile eating scrumptious hors d'oeuvres. Simon doesn’t like it that ex-Jacqueline, a former RWW, but still fabulously beautiful, of course, and it just so happens, Linnet’s ex-best friend, also it just so happens is on the boat, and he and Linnet are way bothered by it. Jackie shoots Simon in the leg, in a drunken frenzy, jealous of Linnet’s good fortune, and sure enough, within a day Linnet is dead. Other people die, too, because, well, that’s the way to cover your tracks, don’t you know. And why should we care about these people? And arrogant Poirot? “Mrs. Doyle!—she’s the kind of person who ought to be shot as an example,” said Ferguson, with contempt. --Christie Ferguson also says: “What does it really matter? There are lots of superfluous women in the world.” --Christie But Poirot and Christie are pretty amazing in their ingenious solution, and Poirot gets help for once from someone who is not just a complete idiot, Colonel Race. We have a kleptomaniac, we have jewel thieves; we have Madame Otterbourne, a writer who comically theorizes how the “sex instinct” and “blood lust” are the drivers behind many crimes: The crime passionel! And we have the pyramids, a symbol of opulence just perfect for The Great Depression amidst all these pesky beggars and destitute (savage?) Nubians working on board. But even acknowledging all this breathless elitism, Christie makes our day with humor and technical plot machinations to die for. So we care about them, in a way, because Christie does. I'd say 3.5-4 overall is my rating, rounded up to 4 for the great movie version, seen again after decades, lovely. Though, ultimately we don’t care about them, as Christie makes clear in her droll finish, showing us that this kind of murder scene is something we quickly turn the page on: But after a while they stopped talking about her and discussed instead who was going to win the Grand National. For, as Mr Ferguson was saying at that minute in Luxor, it is not the past that matters but the future.” --Christie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Yukino

    Oh ma che bello questo libro. Divertente e intrigante. Come al solito la Agatha ha fatto centro. Tanti personaggi che si intrecciano tra di loro. Per poi arrivare alla soluzione finale. E Poirot e le si battutine mi hanno proprio divertito. Bello e si, c’ero arrivata, ma non sapevo come. Anche se mi ha deviato molte volte, mettendo in dubbio tutto. Alla fine il nostro detective ha spiegato bene tutto. Ovvio e chissà perché non c’ho pensato. Eppure gli indizi me li ha dati propri tutti. Sotto l’o Oh ma che bello questo libro. Divertente e intrigante. Come al solito la Agatha ha fatto centro. Tanti personaggi che si intrecciano tra di loro. Per poi arrivare alla soluzione finale. E Poirot e le si battutine mi hanno proprio divertito. Bello e si, c’ero arrivata, ma non sapevo come. Anche se mi ha deviato molte volte, mettendo in dubbio tutto. Alla fine il nostro detective ha spiegato bene tutto. Ovvio e chissà perché non c’ho pensato. Eppure gli indizi me li ha dati propri tutti. Sotto l’ombrellone l’ho praticamente divorato. È uno di quei libri che deve essere letto. Spero facciano il film al più presto. Sono curiosa di vederlo 😊

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tugba

    Bu kitapla birlikte 2017 Reading Challenge'ımı tamamlamış oldum, buna seviniyorum ama en çok da kitapta, katili erkenden tahmin edebildiğime seviniyorum :) Bu okuduğum 2. Agatha Christie kitabıydı. Belki onun kurgularına çabuk adapte oldum, belki de bu kez şansım yaver gitti bilemiyorum; bunu ilerleyen zamanlarda daha net anlayabileceğim. Emin olduğum şey, Agatha okumaktan yine oldukça keyif aldığım. Akıllıca bir kurguydu. Sürükleyiciydi de. Tavsiye ediyorum. Mutlu Noeller, T.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sifat's Book Kingdom

    This is my second most favourite Agatha Christie story among all of her stories. Linnet Doyle is youthful, excellent, and rich. She's the young lady who has everything—including the man her closest companion adores. Linnet and her new spouse take a voyage on the Nile, where they meet the splendid investigator Hercule Poirot. “A man doesn't wasnt to feel that a woman cares more for him than he cares for her. He doesn't want to feel owned, body and soul. It's that damned possessive attitude. This ma This is my second most favourite Agatha Christie story among all of her stories. Linnet Doyle is youthful, excellent, and rich. She's the young lady who has everything—including the man her closest companion adores. Linnet and her new spouse take a voyage on the Nile, where they meet the splendid investigator Hercule Poirot. “A man doesn't wasnt to feel that a woman cares more for him than he cares for her. He doesn't want to feel owned, body and soul. It's that damned possessive attitude. This man is mine---he belongs to me! He wants to get away --- to get free. He wants to own his woman; he doesn't want her to own him.(Simon Boyle)” ― Death on the Nile

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cphe

    Many years since I've read an Agatha Christie mystery, you tend to forget what a great writer she was. This vintage mystery features the wonderful Hercule Poirot. Loved the exotic location, most of the action takes place on board a boat travelling down the Nile. The mystery component of the novel kept you guessing right up to the end which is always a big plus. Well drawn characters and an engaging plot, time and money well spent.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    I have not read all of that many HP stories, but I think this is my favorite mystery so far. I am looking forward to more of them. Although he is retired and taking a vacation cruise on the Nile, he still ends up in charge of a murder and more mystery than he could shake a stick at. Was it only a matter of time? A great cast of nice and not so nice characters, typical of Agatha Christie. The timing of events and how they played out - wonderful!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Miquel Reina

    For me, Agatha Cristie is the most important author of thriller and crime novels. I love getting lost in her atmosphere full of mystery and sophistication in which each of the characters can be a hero or a murderer. Death on the Nile is undoubtedly one of his best-known novels and its reputation is well deserved. I encourage all readers of detective fiction and suspense to read this jewel of literature and the magic of Agatha Christie's words. Spanish version: Para mi Agatha Cristie es el genio de For me, Agatha Cristie is the most important author of thriller and crime novels. I love getting lost in her atmosphere full of mystery and sophistication in which each of the characters can be a hero or a murderer. Death on the Nile is undoubtedly one of his best-known novels and its reputation is well deserved. I encourage all readers of detective fiction and suspense to read this jewel of literature and the magic of Agatha Christie's words. Spanish version: Para mi Agatha Cristie es el genio de las novelas de suspense y crimen. Adoro perderme en sus atomosferas cargadas de misterio y sofisticación en las que cada uno de los personajes pueden ser heroes o asesinos. Muerte en el Nilo es sin duda una de sus novelas más conocidas y la verdad es que su fama es bien merecida. Animo a todos los lectores de novela policíaca y de suspense a que la leáis porqué es realmente una joya de la literatura y de la magia de las palabras.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    The famous detective Hercule Poirot was expecting a relaxing holiday on a steamer heading up the Nile. Some agitation among a few of the passengers has him a little on edge. Soon a terrible crime will turn Poirot's exotic Egyptian vacation into an investigation. The book was cleverly written with interesting characters. There were several people on the cruise that had something to hide, or a motive to murder, so it kept me guessing until the end.

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