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#1 Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie

20 Nov

Goodreads rating: 3.95 (27,200+ ratings)

My rating: 8/10

Why it’s on the list: I have a brother who is 15 who loves Agatha Christie, and owns about 30 of her books. He recommended this one as his second favourite Christie book (his first shall be revealed at a later time!). Of course, I had to read my brother’s 2nd favourite Agatha Christie book!

First published: November 1st, 1937 by Collins Crime Club

Genre: Mystery/Crime (duh!)

When Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective, boards a cruise up the Nile, he encounters wealthy heiress Linnet Doyle and her husband Simon on their honeymoon. Simon’s broken-hearted ex, Jacqueline, is also aboard.

However all is not as it seems on the old cruise ship. When Linnet is found murdered, Poirot has a shipload (so punny) of characters to interrogate to find the killer. From a maid, a nurse, and a lawyer, to an Erotic novelist, archaeologist and a few socialites, each character has their own variety of quirks and curiosities, and I was constantly rethinking my theories of the murder. Was it the jealous, heart-broken lover yearning for her ex? Or was it the lawyer who didn’t want to be caught stealing? Well, of course I’m not going to tell you who, how or where the murder took place, you’ll have to read to find out!

The best thing about a mystery novel? The guessing game it entails and the inevitable excitement when the killer, and HOW the murder is carried out, is revealed. I can tell you that I didn’t guess correctly!

With love, multiple murders, theft, violence, and the slight humourous quip from Poirot, this book is hard to put down, and at only 288 pages, is a quick, easy read.

Notable quotes

‘How absurd to call youth the time of happiness — youth, the time of greatest vulnerability!’

‘You cannot go back over the past. One must accept things as they are. And sometimes, Madame, that is all one can do — accept the consequences of one’s past deeds.’

Past reviews

“Hercule Poirot, as usual, digs out a truth so unforeseen that it would be unfair for a reviewer to hint at it”. – Caldwell Harpur, The Times Literary Supplement, 20th November 1937

“You have the right to expect great things of such a combination [of Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot] and you will not be disappointed.” – Isaac Anderson, The New York Times, 6th February 1938



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