Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile

Book - 2007
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Linnet Doyle is young, beautiful, and rich. She's the girl who has everything--including the man her best friend loves. Linnet and her new husband take a cruise on the Nile, where they meet the brilliant detective Hercule Poirot. It should be an idyllic trip, yet Poirot has a vague, uneasy feeling that something is dangerously amiss...

Publisher: New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., [2007].
ISBN: 9781579126896
Branch Call Number: FIC CHRISTI
Characteristics: 351 p. ; 22 cm.

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Jan 24, 2021

This is the 15th Hercule Poirot full length novel that was first published in 1937. It is a very clever mystery featuring Poirot right from the start. There's lots of clues and hints for the reader to indulge in. There's two other subplots that will keep the reader on their toes. The story moves very quickly so the reader must keep up with the details of each event in order to sort out the significance behind them. This mystery is one of Christie's best. I would rank this mystery slightly behind The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

Dec 23, 2020

I'm a big fan of Christie, and this is one of her best! I really enjoyed being along on this trip, experiencing what it would be like taking this boat back in the 30's. There were lots of significant characters, but they were well introduced and fleshed out and the mystery was compelling. I would highly recommend this one!

Dec 11, 2020

Agatha Christie's "Death on the Nile" is a masterfully crafted murder mystery that plays up to the full strengths of its intelligent plotline, it's excellent settings, and in showcasing the abilities of Hercule Poirot. Similar to one of the previous outstanding entries in the Poirot series, "Murder on the Orient Express", this novel also uses the claustrophobic setting of transportation to bring a high level of intensity to it's murderous crime. The idea of being confined to one specific setting amidst a murderer raises the stakes for all the characters involved and it kept me on the edge of my seat in a highly enjoyable fashion. Christies' plotline in this novel is one of her best in the Poirot series; I am amazed that even though this novel is the seventeenth entry in the series it still feels fresh, inventive, and unique. What's perhaps even more amazing is that Christie has done this without having to overcomplicate the plot and compromise the flow of the novel, this is a complete and satisfying story that adds in a lot of intricate details to enhance a great base plotline. Time away from the main claustrophobic cruise ship setting in the novel is filled with beautiful imagery and social commentary on the locale of Egypt that provides the reader with a real living and breathing feeling to the setting of the novel as well. While Poirot is without his trusty companion Hastings in this novel, it allows us as the reader to get to spend more time with Poirot's perspective which is a welcome opportunity. Poirot's genius and humor are given the spotlight and he does not disappoint. Overall this is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable and thoroughly sound entries in the Poirot series; it's controversial and thought provoking third act solidifies its memorability as one of my personal favorite Agatha Christie novels. Poirot series fans, murder mystery fans, and even non-genre fans owe it to themselves to read this masterpiece.

jrbubbles1 Sep 10, 2020

It was fun reading this because I love how Hercule Poirot solves the crimes. I am always fooled, I never guess who did it! This is a classic and I want to see the movie now.

Sep 10, 2020

"Death on the Nile" by Agatha Christie is, like most of Christie's mysteries, a 'cozy.' Even though there is much bloodshed, the bullet holes are small. The shed blood is minimal. Poirot is on vacation and has purchased a ticket for a week-long cruise on a stretch of the Nile. It's the mid-'30s. The passengers are few. Between them, they keep several plots going. If you've seen the movie or TV versions, then the terrorist/agitator plot will be new to you. The jewel thief plot is a bit better known. And, then there is the bodies-every-where plot that drives 'Death on the Nile.' The solution seems quite fantastic. But, the whole voyage is quite delightful.

Aug 31, 2020


Nov 12, 2019

I've only read two other Christies and enjoyed them both a lot, so I don't know why I haven't read more. This is as classic a mystery as it comes: a group of disparate people in a confined setting (a boat cruise on the Nile), someone is murdered, the guilty fiend must be one of them. Very Professor Plum in the conservatory with the candlestick. I guessed whodunit in the last 30 pages but didn't get the howdunit. Well-written and great fun.

This is such a good book and a must read for mystery lovers!
Notice: Some of the characters used the D-word, not all the time but often enough I thought I should mention it.

Dec 19, 2018

In this book, the queen of detective fiction, Agatha Christie, shows her careful and keen observation of human nature through a cruel and well planned murder. Yet in a sympathetic, unexpected and romantic way. The exotic location Egypt, and the Nile in specific, in which the main story took place adds to the mystery and uncertainty. Death on the Nile first introduced me to Christie’s work and it well represents her clear logic and rich imagination. However, compared to other detective novels of hers, the plot of this book develops relatively slowly despite of the fact that the death is almost destined at the very beginning. In general, Death on the Nile is worth reading. 4.5/5. @Vayne of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Jul 14, 2018

The beginning I found a little confusing because a lot of characters were introduced in the first 50 pages or so. After that the book is amazing, just like all of Agatha Christies other books. I would recommend it to lots of people.

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Feb 15, 2019

A brilliant book with beautifully developed characters and character relations that take you back in time. This book is about the murder of an extremely wealthy and beautiful young girl, Linnet Doyle, l loved by many who was killed on her honeymoon. It's impossible that the only person that ever expressed any desire to harm her could have murdered her. Her old close friend who was originally engaged to Linnets newly wed husband. But maybe Linnet had more enemies than she let on.


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Aug 03, 2017

Violence: Well, it's a murder mystery. There is some death.


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Aug 17, 2020

"la vie est vaine, Un peu d'amour, un peu de haine, Et puis bonjour
La vie est breve, un peu d'espoir, un peu de reve, et puis bonsoir"

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