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Death comes as the end by Agatha Christie

Death comes as the end (original 1944; edition 2004)

by Agatha Christie, Emilia Fox (Narrator)

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The story starts in Egypt 4000 years ago, when death meant another meaning to life... when Renisenb returns to her father's house after the death of her husband, under the calm service of her family life there was secrets, revenge... and with her fathers new wife, Nofret, every bad feeling grows up and with it the killing begins... The killer surprised me! I couldn't guess! When I discovered Yahmose is the killer I was shocked! ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |

Parting from her usual writing & characters, Dame Agatha treats us to a Historical Mystery set in 2000 BC, in Ancient Egypt.

Imhotep, a wealthy ka-priest, tomb keeper has stupidly brought home his new concubine, Nofret. Nofret is as young & beautiful as she is manipulative & hateful, she makes many enemies in the house, not the least of all the women.

As Imhotep is off on business, he unthinkingly leaves Nofret behind. As tensions mount, Nofret does her best to suborn the family, while they in turn fight back. Nofret writes to Imhotep complaining of the family's treatment of her and he immediately replies with the disowning of everyone except his daughter.....

Soon thereafter, Nofret is found dead at the base of the hill where the tomb is kept..... Although the family suspects one of their own as the murderer of Nofret, they all keep a united front and insist that she accidentally fell to her death.

Everything seems to return to "normal" within the family, but the killer strikes again and again...... No one being safe.

Well written, a great story, lively characters.... all the clues were there, but I didn't see them as I was too engrossed in the story. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
This is an atypical Christie book, being set in ancient Egypt in as authentic a setting as Christie could research. In the most important way it is entirely typical, being a locked room mystery of sorts where members of the isolated family of a ka-priest begin getting bumped off. As always, Christie does a masterful job of diversion and psychological examination in the midst of family character types we all recognize. ( )
  Hanneri | Dec 21, 2015 |
Christie delivers a tale of deception and murder in an extended family of upper-caste Egyptians of 2000 BC. She includes just enough historically accurate information to ground the story without making it a treatise on how people once lived. Fox wisely chooses not to attempt Egyptian accents. Instead, she reveals social strata by using a range of accents from different English classes; it's a surprising choice that works well. Her pacing is easy to... ( )
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1 vote | Tutter | Feb 26, 2015 |
After her husband's death, Renisenb has returned to her family home. It's not quite the same as it was when she left, nor is she quite the same person. The household is disturbed when her father, Imhotep, returns from a business trip with Nofret, a concubine about Renisenb's age. Nofret doesn't waste much time setting the members of the household against each other. Imhotep is contemplating changes to his will when he goes on another business trip, leaving Nofret behind with his family. If he had taken her with him, she might have lived...

Despite it's exotic setting in Ancient Egypt, the mystery plot is typical Christie. In fact, it's a lot like a country house mystery, with a family at odds with each other over an inheritance, and a couple of long-time retainers who may not be as loyal as they appear. I still marvel at Christie's ability to develop a plot and establish a setting largely through dialogue. The flow isn't interrupted with long monologues or lengthy descriptions. Highly recommended. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fox, EmiliaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krabbe, AgneteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Laine, Anna-LiisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Toklum, LeifTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wendbladh, Britte-MarieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dear Stephen,

It was you who originally suggested to me the idea of a detective story set in Ancient Egypt, and but for your active help and encouragement this book would never have been written.

I want to say here how much I have enjoyed all the interesting literature you have lent me and to thank you once more for the patience with which you have answered my questions and for the time and trouble you have expended. The pleasure and interest which the writing of the book have brought to me you already know.

Your affectionate and grateful friend,

Agatha Christie
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Nofret was beautiful, ambitious, cruel, Intelligent ...

The master had brought her from the North. And everyone - or almost everyone - hated her and persecuted her. When the master discovered his family's disloyalty, he disinherited his sons, their wives, and their children - and announced his intention to marry Nofret.
But before the wedding day, Nofret was dead...
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312981619, Mass Market Paperback)

In this startling historical mystery, unique in the author's canon, Agatha Christie investigates a deadly mystery at the heart of a dissonant family in ancient Egypt. Imhotep, wealthy landowner and priest of Thebes, has outraged his sons and daughters by bringing a beautiful concubine into their fold. And the manipulative Nofret has already set about a plan to usurp her rivals' rightful legacies. When her lifeless body is discovered at the foot of a cliff, Imhotep's own flesh and blood become the apparent conspirators in her shocking murder. But vengeance and greed may not be the only motives...

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Considered a classic, this murder mystery is set in Thebes, Egypt, in the year 2000 B.C.

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