Agatha Christie

Death on the Nile

""Here Christie delivers the whole shebang in spades""


Poirot takes a cruise down the Nile on the small steamer, The Karnak. Before, at the hotel, Poirot had been privy to the game played by Jacqueline de Bellefort towards Simon and Linnet Doyle. Poirot had warned Jacqueline to 'Bury your dead', to stop her persecution of the newly married couple, even if Simon had once been hers. Little did Poirot know that Linnet Doyle had made so many enemies and that many of them of were now onboard The Karnak. It isn't long before murder stalks the steamer and will resemble a floating morgue by the time it reaches its destination..

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There are certain Christie novels that stand head and shoulders from the others, and 'Death on the Nile' is such a classic. Here Christie delivers the whole shebang in spades. Forget the movie which we have all seen numerous times, read the book which delivers great characterisation as well as simmering grievances and a solution that I remember blew me out of the water when I first read this book back in my teens. It is one of the best, full-rounded book Christie ever wrote. You can tell from her writing that Christie was in love with Egypt, but also frustrated at its antiquated ways. Now with the new film released, this is one Poirot case definitely to re-visit or one of the best to start for any new Christie fan. Now I'm off to the cinema!

Reviewed By:

Chris Simmons