Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers on November 1st, 1937
Genres: Crime, Mystery
“’Love can be a very frightening thing.’ ‘That is why most great love stories are tragedies.’”
I’m slowly but surely making my way through Agatha Christie’s books! I thought I’d finally read Death on the Nile since the new movie is coming out soon. And unpopular opinion, but I really like Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot!
In Death on the Nile, tranquility on a cruise is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, beautiful, and very rich. She had everything until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot is on the case as he recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger. But nothing is ever as it seems…
There’s really nothing like getting to experience an Agatha Christie story for the first time.
I feel oddly comforted when I’m reading a murder mystery by her. It feels like home when Poirot says something vague in French or says nothing in response to people.
It makes sense that Death is one of Christie’s most legendary and timeless stories! It’s a sweepy mystery of love, jealousy, and betrayal. Really, the three things that you need to make a juicy story. Add murder to the mix and you’re golden!
A lush setting, mysterious and intriguing characters, vivacious dialogue, and murder combine to make a very satisfying read. As always, I had such fun working alongside Poirot to figure out who the murderer is. And as usual, since Poirot never shares all his ideas, I fell for all the red herrings.
I won’t give away too much of the plot for fear that I’ll spoil something. But it’s easy to get distracted with so many characters involved in the plot. Don’t believe everything Christie dangles in front of you! With everyone having motive, it’s hard to distinguish whose involvement is important. But I promise, you’ll have so much fun trying to play the guessing game.
Something that I’ve noticed that Christie does is that she usually makes references to other cases in her books. It’s such a brilliant way to make me want to read more of her books.
I caught a few in Death that I had to look up so I can add them to my list to read next. Even if you don’t get the references much like I did, you’ll still find the book enjoyable. It doesn’t take away from the story at all.
I can’t recommend this book enough or mystery lovers and Agatha Christie fans. And now’s the perfect time with the new movie adaptation coming out very soon.
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