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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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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. ( )
1 vote cbl_tn | Nov 24, 2014 |
Mysteries set in ancient Egypt have become fairly common --In now of at least two series --but as far as I know this was a first, written by Christie (whose husband was the archaeologist Max Mallowan, who worked chiefly in Iraq) at the suggestion of the Egyptologist S.R. K. Glanville and based on two genuine Egyptian letters from about 2000 BC. The idea is interesting but my dim recollection of the story is that it is rather grim. ( )
  antiquary | Oct 24, 2014 |
For Christie, a bit of a dud. The setting in Ancient Egpyt was still an English Manor House and the characters were rather plodding and dull. Renisenb in particular, was a dolt and very uninspired as the main character. I slogged through but want to get back to a nice English countryside type soon.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
I liked this book that is a departure for Agatha Christie. It takes place in ancient Egypt where Imhotep has brought his concubine. She isn't liked and is found dead. This is both a murder mystery and a love story which I enjoyed. ( )
  Coltfan18 | May 29, 2014 |
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fox, EmiliaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krabbe, AgneteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Laine, Anna-LiisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Toklum, LeifTranslatorsecondary 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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