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

by Agatha Christie (Author), Emilia Fox (Narrator)

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One of my favorites of Mrs. Christie’s books—I love Ancient Egypt since I was a little kid. Mrs. Christie (whose husband, Sir Max Mallowan was an archaeologist) got inspiration from the Heqanakht papyri, found in the tomb of Ipi, and translated by egyptologist Battiscombe Gunn. They were letters from a man called Hekanakht to his family; he was a “Ka-servant” and took care of Ipi’s tomb. (An interesting report of these letters is found in the Metropolitan Museum “Report, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Egyptian Expedition 1921-1922” and Herbert Winlock’s “Hekanakht Writes to His Household,” among other books.) ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
After the death of her husband, Renisenb has returned to her family with her small daughter and feels happy and comfortable to be back among familiar faces and surroundings. When her father Imhotep brings home a young and beautiful concubine deeply hidden emotions are set free, resulting in first one death, then two ...

An unusual stand-alone novel set in Ancient Egypt in 2000 BC, Agatha Christie shows that human feelings, passions and base instincts, as well as the darkness that can live in people's hearts, have remained unchanged for 4000 years, and her re-creation of Ancient Egypt, with a glimpse of society in miniature, customs, traditions and funerary practices, is very convincing. The rather mediocre rating stems from the fact that I feel that with the elimination of so many characters the author has written herself into a corner and also eliminated a choice between credible alternative villains to the one who is revealed at the end. The matter is not helped by the fact that I didn't get on with the character of Renisenb, with whom the reader is clearly meant to identify and empathise, as I thought her immature and weak – though to be fair she has moments when she shows that she can be a strong character in her own right.

An interesting experiment, and I would love to read the letters on which the author has based this tale, as revealed in the author's note at the beginning. ( )
  passion4reading | Nov 6, 2016 |
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 |
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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
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TO PROFESSOR S. R. K. GLANVILLE

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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Renisenb stood looking out over the Nile.
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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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Murder mystery
set in 2000 BC
in ancient Egypt.
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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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