Friday, September 9, 2011

REVIEW: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

book cover of Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Title: Death on the Nile
Author: Agatha Christie
Date Published: First published in 1937
Genre: Mystery
Page Count: 352 pages
Challenge: None
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Like I've said many time, Agatha Christie was a genius, and this book is no exception.

In the beginning, we meet Linnet, one of the richest women is England, and is also very young.  Her friend Jackie comes to her, wanting a favor for her fiance, Simon, who is struggling to find a job.  Linnet agrees to help Jackie, but then things don't really go Jackie's way when Simon falls in love with Linnet and they are to be married.
Fast forward, and Simon and Linnet are on their honeymoon in Egypt.  Jackie, in a jealous rage has been following the couple around the world.  Hercule Poirot is also on vacation in Egypt, as well as an entire cast of characters.
Then, when Linnet turns up dead, it becomes the Belgian detective's job to find the murderer before they can strike again.

This mystery is much like Murder on the Orient Express. (my review)  Only this time, everyone is on a boat instead of a train.  There is a cast of characters, none of which are above suspicion and Christie does a fantastic job throwing the suspicion from one person to the next, then back to the first person and then to someone new.  You never know what piece of evidence they are going to discover next or how it will impact the case.
One thing that I liked was that this is a more human side to Poirot.  He spends some time talking with Jackie and practically begs her to reconsider the actions that she is making, by following this couple around abroad.  He seems to genuinely care for this woman's mental health.  In most of the other mysteries I have read of his, he is just the detective, figuring out 'whodunnit.'

Anyway, loved this book and the end you won't see coming.  Great and different cast of characters as well.  I give this book a 4 out of 5 and say read it!

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