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Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
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Death on the Nile

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Hercule Poirot Mystery (17), Colonel Race (3)

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Linnet Doyle is young, beautiful, and rich. She's the girl who has everything-including the man her best friend loves. Linnet and her new husband take a cruise on the Nile, where they meet the brilliant detective Hercule Poirot. It should be an idyllic trip, yet Poirot has a vague, uneasy feeling that something is dangerously amiss ...… (more)
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    Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie (Porua)
    Porua: Hercule Poirot and holidays never get on well together. Wherever Poirot goes death seems to stalk him. If anyone enjoys Death on the Nile s/he should also enjoy Evil under the Sun. Both books feature not only Poirot in a holiday mood but also women who are fatally attractive and men who desperately fall for them. But then things are not always what they seem.… (more)
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    Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon (Smiler69)
    Smiler69: Donna Leon must have read many Agatha Christie novels in her day. Her series of murder mysteries are all set in Venice, Italy.
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Hercule Poirot is taking a little vacation, an excursion to Egypt that involves a cruise up the Nile River. Unfortunately, his trip will not be the restful escape he had imagined. He finds himself traveling with famous heiress and beauty Linnet Doyle, or Linnet Ridgeway as she was known before her recent marriage to Simon Doyle. They are less than pleased to discover Jacqueline de Bellefort has also joined them. Jacqueline was Simon's former fiancee before Simon broke off their engagement so he could marry Linnet, who had been Jackie's best friend at the time. Both Linnet and Simon entreat Poirot for his help in the matter, revealing that ever since the marriage, Jackie had miraculously turned up everywhere they traveled, creating an atmosphere of suspense and tension that was quite ruining their honeymoon. Poirot gracefully declines. He feels sympathy for the jilted woman, who he had coincidentally observed in a happier time when she was still engaged, and had witnessed how deeply in love she was. Therefore, he tells them that he can't work on their behalf. However, he does let them know that he'll look into the matter, because he fears the situation is dangerous for all involved. Poirot's suspicions are correct. A few days after the river cruise commences, Linnet is found dead in her cabin, a small bullet hole burned neatly into her temple.

The signs point to Jacqueline. Yet due to the series of events directly preceding the murder, Poirot is able to quickly rule out both Jacqueline and Simon as suspects. Other possibilities abound. The genteel Allertons are onboard, and while Miss Allerton seems above reproach, her son Timothy is clearly hiding something. Mr. Pennington, Linnet's financial advisor from the United States, met them in Cairo in a coincidence that seemed fishy, and had been trying to push paperwork on Linnet. Two other young men, Mr. Ferguson and Mr. Fanthorp, are clearly hiding their own secrets. And Miss Rosalie, the sullen young lady who's traveling with her novelist mother, is being less than truthful. To top it all off, Poirot's old friend Colonel Race has joined the cruise, and confidentially revealed to the detective that he's searching for a dangerous revolutionary that is hidden among the guests.

With such a colorful cast of characters, Poirot has plenty of mysteries to solve beyond the main one of Linnet's death. As he clears away the false trails and red herrings that abound, he continually notes to Colonel Race that something just feels off about the evidence in Linnet's case. Yet Poirot will persevere, with his keen wit and deep understanding of human nature, and eventually reveals the complicated truth in this deadly affair of the heart.

This is one of Christie's better known novels, and understandably so. The setting is thrilling and foreign (for her British audience, at least), the characters are compelling, with interesting backstories for major and minor characters alike. It's great fun reading Poirot unravel the subplots that complicate the matter and must be cleared away before the murder can be solved. Also, the majority of the plot occurs on a cruise ship, instead of Christie's typical closed setting of a country manor, which is a nice change of pace. The solution to this mystery is quite complex, with an elaborate solution full of revelations that are supported by clues in the story and yet put together in such a way that will still take most readers by surprise. There is a lot going on in this mystery, but all is satisfactorily resolved. With the longer page count, Christie is also able to work in even more romantic misadventures and family drama, adding to the fun. I definitely felt that this was one of Christie's better crafted and more developed mystery outings, and I enjoyed the escape from reality it brought. ( )
  nmhale | Sep 7, 2019 |
Death on the Nile turned out to be a quick and clever read. What I would call a good weekend book. I am pleased to report that I was much more inclined to enjoy the Belgian detective through the written word, more so than I was with his on-screen manifestation. In fact, the mystery is a rather good one and the characters are interesting for a book of this small size. Part of me must admit, that being a lover of travel and growing up adoring all things exotic, the locations didn’t hurt. Set in Egypt, Poirot makes ready to enjoy a relaxing cruise up the famous river after becoming friendly with several of his fellow passengers. A true "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" story, Poirot displays not only his customary cunning but a deep and meaningful concern for a troubled young woman. His cautionary lines and genuine concern add depth to his character. The 17th novel in the Poirot series, the main character is well established and the story settles around him like a familiar coat. ( )
  CuriousPaper | Jul 8, 2019 |
I decided to read this book after cruising the Nile and seeing the hotel where Agatha Christie stayed on her visit to Egypt. I thought it would be fun to read while the places she mentions in the book are still fresh in my mind.

I liked this story very much....even though I'm not a mystery fan in general. Ms. Christie did keep me guessing along with Mr. Poirot as he tried to solve the murders on the ship. ( )
  LynnB | Jun 11, 2019 |
A beautiful young woman’s mysterious death shatters a peaceful cruise on the Nile, but Hercule Poirot is determined to find the killer who’s still onboard.

This is one of my favorite Hercule Poirot mysteries. The setting is exotic, the mystery is smart, and the reveal is extremely satisfying! I didn’t see the ending coming, and for me, that’s the mark of a great mystery. What I love most is that this book is that it’s transporting—meaning that I felt like I was floating down the Nile with Hercule Poirot. The atmosphere is fantastic!

Bonus: Rumor has it that Death on the Nile will be the sequel to the recent Murder on the Orient Express movie!

Read more Agatha Christie reviews on my blog at bigdipperbooks.com ( )
  melissa_faith | Mar 16, 2019 |
Death on the Nile is your typical Hercule Poirot mystery involving a menagerie of colorful yet mysterious characters and an inconvenient murder during a holiday outing. I used to read Agatha Christie novels as a child, mainly due to a fascination with the ingenious deductive methods of the extraordinary "sleuth," and seemed a bit more accessible than Sherlock Holmes at the time. While I enjoy Hercule Poirot as a character, the mystery novel format of gathering a dozen or so red herrings around a convoluted murder plot and then unraveling false leads one by one in agonizing detail can become a bit monotonous. This is especially true of Death on the Nile, with a less than plausible murder plot and peripheral characters whose only role is to provide inconsequential side "mysteries" for Poirot to solve along the way. Of course, this is precisely what most people read Agatha Christie novels for, but I would argue that, even in this regard, Death on the Nile is not the strongest entry into the genre. Entertaining, but overall, not impressive. ( )
  smichaelwilson | Jan 16, 2019 |
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Linnet Rideway es una joven agraciada y millonaria que lo posee todo. Su amiga, Jacqueline de Bellefort, no menos hermosa aunque pobre, sólo tiene amor de su prometido Simon Doyle. Sin embargo, Simon acaba casándose con Linnet. El nuevo matrimonio inicia un crucero por el Nilo a bordo de Karnak y durante el viaje, que habría de haber sido el mejor viaje de su vida, Linnet muere asesinada. Tras su asesinato se suceden otros que serán investigados por Hercule Poirot, que viaja en el mismo crucero.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Alves, IsabelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Anthoff, GerdNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baeckström, BirgitTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Billi, NataliaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Champon, EliseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Correy, Michael P.Designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davidson, AndrewIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Driesbach, ElizabethDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Enniko, JuhanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fornas, JordiCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goldman, NewtonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grancho, HoracioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Κυριαζής, ΑχιλλέαςTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kallas, JüriEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Kirvaitytė, RasaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Masterpieces of Murder: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, And Then There Were None, Witness for the Prosecution, Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Death on the Nile / Murder on the Orient Express / The A.B.C. Murders / Cards on the Table / Thirteen at Dinner by Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirotin johtolangat : viisi kuulua mysteeriä by Agatha Christie

Perilous Journeys of Hercule Poirot: Death on the Nile, Murder in Mesopotamia, Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie Crime Collection: After the Funeral / Death on the Nile / Towards Zero by Agatha Christie

Poirot in the Orient: Murder in Mesopotamia, Death on the Nile, Appointment With Death by Agatha Christie

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If there were only any peace in Egypt I should like it better," said Mrs. Allerton. "But you can never be alone anywhere. Someone is always pestering you for money, or offering you donkeys, or beads, or expeditions to native villages, or duck shooting.
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