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Aboard a Nile steamer, Hercule Poirot meets Linnet Doyle, a woman who appears to have everything: youth, beauty, wealth, and a loving husband. But the husband was stolen from her friend Jacqueline de Bellefort, who has been haunting the newlyweds' path, showing up to wreak havoc in their plans. They've secretly booked passage on the steamer to escape, but still, tragedy strikes: Linnet is shot through the head. As the complications multiply, Poirot and his little grey cells are ...
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Overview

Aboard a Nile steamer, Hercule Poirot meets Linnet Doyle, a woman who appears to have everything: youth, beauty, wealth, and a loving husband. But the husband was stolen from her friend Jacqueline de Bellefort, who has been haunting the newlyweds' path, showing up to wreak havoc in their plans. They've secretly booked passage on the steamer to escape, but still, tragedy strikes: Linnet is shot through the head. As the complications multiply, Poirot and his little grey cells are faced with nothing but airtight alibis.

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

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Linnett Ridgeway has almost everything: youth, beauty, brains, and money. Then her best friend Jackie brings her handsome fianc , Simon Doyle, to visit and asks Linnett to give him a job. Now Linnett and Simon are on their honeymoon, a cruise up the Nile. When Linnett is killed, Jackie is the obvious suspect, but she couldn't have done it. It seems like an insolvable crime, until the famous detective Hercule Poirot starts to investigate. Death on the Nile deserves its reputation as one of Christie's best travel mysteries. This recording is capably read by another familiar name, David Suchet, who is well known among both mystery and public TV buffs as the actor who played the role of Poirot in a series of television adaptations of the author's stories. Expect the trio of Christie, Poirot, and Suchet to be a popular patron selection. St. Mary's Mead was always a quiet English village, at least until the body of Colonel Protheroe was found in the vicarage library. No one liked the murdered man. His first wife had abandoned him, and their teenage daughter kept out of his way. His much younger, second wife had recently fallen in love with a charming portrait painter. The list of possible suspects seems endless. Two different people confess to the murder. Did either do it? Enter Miss Marple, an elderly maiden lady whose gentle manners conceal an extensive knowledge of human depravity and exceptional deductive abilities. She flutters around, asks questions, and solves the crime. But it is the writing, not the plots, that keeps Christie fans coming back. James Saxon gives a clear, competent reading in Murder at the Vicarage, although initially his voice strikes one as brighter and sharper than one would expect from the gentle, scholarly rector. Eighty-odd years after her first book was published, Christie and her mysteries are more popular than ever. Both programs are recommended for all collections. I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Boone, IA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425173732
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/10/2001
  • Series: Hercule Poirot Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie is nearly synonymous with upper-class British mysteries, for good reason. She set the standard for the genre in over 60 novels and dozens of short stories, also creating two classic detectives: the fastidious Belgian, Hercule Poirot, and English spinster Jane Marple. No one could match Christie's knack for weaving clues into her stories, then turning the whole thing inside out -- shocking her readers every time.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

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    You Can't Go Past This One!

    Next to "And Then There Were None", this is my favorite Agatha Christie thriller. This one was first published way back in 1937, and it has everything you would expect from the mistress of suspense: An ingenious plot, way-out but still believable characters and a setting that is as thrilling and adventurous as the exotic land of Egypt itself. Needless to say, Hercule Poirot (whom I much prefer to Miss Marple) is in fine form throughout.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    The Death on the Nile is the most suspenseful, mind twisting, and bone-chilling mystery you probably ever read, with its captivating plot and their gripping characters.
    Linnet Doyle (millionairess) and her husband Simon Doyle are on their honeymoon in Egypt, on the S.S Karnak for a trip down the Nile. When Linnet's former best friend and Simon's former fiancé, Jacqueline De Bellefort starts to stalk them. They become very angry, scared and frustrated. Hercule Poirot, a famous Belgian detective is fortunately on this ship and assists them with their strife. One evening, Jackie tells H.P that she wants to kill the Doyles, and then later on that evening,a boulder almost falls on Linnet. All evidence points to Jacqueline, but then they find out she is not to blame. A few days shortly after the accident, Jacqueline shoots Simon in the leg,
    subsequently after Linnet is found dead, with a bullet through her head. With a murderer and an assainator on board the detectives have a lot of suspects. All of a sudden Colonel Race, another detective helping, notifies Poirot that Linnet's famous pearls have been stolen. Who stole them? That afternoon a passenger was murdered as well, for knowing too much. Almost immediately after, another passenger is killed as she is telling the detectives who she had recently discovered was the murderer. The drama and secrets behind each suspect makes their true character hard to translate, making the culprit harder to find. Christie uses typical human behaviors to confuse the reader.
    This book is about 300 pages of pure mind twisting mystery and will keep you hooked to the pages, till you finish the book, although the beginning is not as interesting keep on reading. Agatha Christie's use of fantastic dialogue and interesting word choice makes the book a fantastic read. She made the book even better with very detailed characters, who are their person with totally different personalities and lifestyles.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    Death on the Nile

    Wealthy, beautiful, and much envied Linnet Doyle travels to Egypt with her husband Simon for their honeymoon. They are mercilessly stalked by the woman Simon jilted to be with Linnet, Jacqueline De Bellefort, who was also Linnet's dear friend. Jacqueline's seething anger towards Linnet and her persistent adoration of Simon quickly set the stage for potential violence. But as one might expect, Christie has peopled the ship they are sailing down the Nile on with many other colorful - and suspicious - characters. Including the famed detective Hercule Poirot.

    My introduction to mysteries long ago came with Arthur Conan Doyle and the tales of Sherlock Holmes, a character who evolved into such a hero of mine that I deliberately avoided the works of other writers of detective fiction and mysteries, including Agatha Christie. In my mid-40s, and I have finally read a Poirot mystery. Regrettable that I waited so long. Not just so because of the pleasure I could have had reading Christie's works years ago, but because at this point in my life, having read and seen so many mysteries inspired by Dame Agatha, I can't help but feel that Death on the Nile was very formulaic. I would likely have enjoyed it much more some 20 years ago, before this approach to mysteries became so overdone and trite. Yet on that account - seeing this as an innovative and even ingenious work for its time - I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2009

    A great mystery!

    I had grown out of the Nancy Drew books and had been looking for something deeper and more exciting. My mom suggested Agatha Christie, and handed me this book. The language was definately dated, but that's expected when you see how long ago it was published. The mystery was very suspenseful and kept me guessing up until Poirot solved the case! There's tons of suspects and numerous motives for murder. I've never read a mystery so thrilling! Keep in mind, Death on the Nile is strictly a crime novel, so you won't find very much comedy or romance. But, if you're looking for a good whodunit, read this book right away!

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Great Mystery

    I really enjoyed this mystery. In typical Agatha Christie fashion, the reader is drawn to each character (sometimes more than once) as the murderer.

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

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    I love this book!

    The characters were well introduced and I love the characters. The plot is excellent! I love the twists. The setting is also excellent! It is thrilling. The ending was very surprising and romantic and touching that I even wanted to cry. I really recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Good Book

    I had to read this book for a high school class. I have to say that I couldn't put it down! Since then, I have read Murder on the Orient Express also. Agatha Christie doesn't disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    Nice read

    I normally HATE mystery books, but this one was AMAZING!!!! It is only sort of predictable because in the middle certain incident occur which makes you think that the murder isn't commited by the murderer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

    An Homage to a Shakespeare Classic

    Death on the Nile is a great book! I thought it was going to be long and lagubrious, but I found as I read that it would keep my intrest untill the very end. I have read a lot of Christie specifically Hercule Poirot. This in my opinion is one of his best cases. I was more interested in how the crime was thought up and conducted. Mrs. Christie had one of the greatest imaginations ever, and the way the crime was comitted in this novel proves it. Ingenious. The reason I liken it to a Shakespeare classic? Let me just say that it may have something to do with 'Starcrossed Lovers!' Enjoy the book, it's one of the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    Death on the Nile

    Wow!!! This was a real good book. It had so much going on. Even though it took a minute to get to the murder but once it did happen it kept me wanting more and to finally see who done it. This is a must read and you want be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    Great book!

    This book was really good...the only hard part about it was keeping all the characters straight. There is a lot of suspense and action that keeps you reading right until the end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2006

    WHOA!

    That was good! That was my first Agatha Christie book and I need more! The Plot is complicated and engaging! It has you guessing until the mystery is solved. Poirot has some nice quips (of course).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2005

    The most captivating book

    This novel has an extremely well thought out plot. The mystery keeps you guessing until the end. Do not be put off by the length of this novel. I am 14 years old and i read the book in 3 days! I wish it had never ended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2005

    Predictable Much?

    I would like to say, first of all, that this book is thoroughly enjoyable to read. The characters, as always, are compelling and entertaining and the story itself well-paced. The downside to this book, however, is that it's JUST TOO OBVIOUS. Maybe I've just read way too many Agatha Christies, but even the sub-mysteries were easy to figure out. If you're someone who likes to read without ever stopping to think about what it is you're reading, maybe you'll enjoy this book. But if you're the type of person who doesn't go for smoke, mirrors, and red herrings, I wouldn't bother (unless you are a particular fan of Poirot's cute quips! ^_^)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2004

    Death on the Nile is OUTSTANDING!!!

    In this mind twisting mystery by Agatha Cristie, nothing is what it seems. Linnet Doyle and her loving new husband, Simon Doyle, have just boarded the steamer which they will be enjoying their honeymoon on the Nile. Boarded on the same steamer are many other passengers including a clever french detective named Hercule Poirot. But to Linnet and Simon Doyle's surprise, a peculiar passenger there catches their eye by the name of Miss Jacqueline de Bellefort who as it is known to the young newlyweds, turns up to be everywhere they are. As the steamer sets off, all is well, but one night, something very tragic happens. One of the passengers is found dead . After that, other passengers go missing and are later found on their backs. There are many clues and red herrings in the story. One of the red herrings is a velvet stole. Who is the culprit? Why did they do it? Nobody knows anything about the scene. Miss de Bellefort is the person being blamed , but it might not be her who did it. There is only one person on this steamer who has the skill to solve this difficult mystery. Hercule Poirot. With his intelligent mind and sensible conclusions, Hercule Poirot takes the case. Hercule Poirot works very hard interviewing everyone on the steamer. Will the mystery ever be solved? Was it Miss de Bellefort or somebody else? Agatha Cristie's fans will enjoy reading this out of this world novel. So make sure to read this book, for you will flip for it if you're not already. I loved it and I know you will too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2004

    One of the best Agatha Christie books!

    This book was definitely worth reading! I've read the book like five time and I can't get enough of it because it gets better every time I read it. I've always thought it was so cool that you can reread books, just in case you missed a mandatory detail!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2004

    OMG! That was soo good!!!

    We are great fans of Cristie and we luv this book!This is one of our favorites and was very deceptive! A must read!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2004

    A Great Read!

    Although the novel has a slow start, the pace eventually does quicken. Each character reacts to events differently, leading the reader to start forming opinions of who the murderer is. At first, one is sure that the murderer is one character, and feels that it would be impossible for the book to go on any longer, but then finds oneself slowly realizing that it might be possible for something else to happen and for another suspect to come into the light. Each chapter is more intriguing than the last, and when the book ends, one feels that it should go on for at least another hundred pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2004

    A Great Mtstery in The Land of The Pharaohs

    This intriguing mystery takes place in the 1930¿s. Like many of Agatha Christie¿s mysteries, Death on the Nile stars Hercule Poirot, her popular Belgian detective. Mustached and bald-headed, Hercule Poirot dazzles readers with his brilliant mind, and deductive reasoning. The plot opens in England. We meet Linnet Ridgeway, a beautiful American heiress who has it all¿looks, brains, and power. Linnet always gets what she wants, including her best friend Jacqueline¿s fiancé, Simon. The newly married couple spends part of their honeymoon on The S.S. Karnak, a tour boat on the river Nile. But all is not as blissful as they¿d hoped! As the title suggests, murder takes place. In fact, there is more than one death! Of the twenty passengers on board, at least sixteen have motives for killing. As Poirot himself explains to Colonel Race, his partner in the investigation, the usual motives for murder include ¿ money, revenge, love, fear, hatred, and beneficence¿. They are all present onboard the ship. Among the sixteen passengers are a trustee of Linnets¿ fortune, a bitter lover, a writer of trashy novels, a frustrated spinster, a discarded fiancée, a doting mother with a son who resents Poirot¿s presence, a husband who has an eye on a fortune, a thief, a young anti-capitalist who thinks he can change the world, and a secretive archeologist. In his usual way, Poirot studies not only the crime scenes, he also studies his co-passengers. The reader gets to enjoy the development of Poirot¿s theories, and is given the opportunity to develop theories of his/her own, before the famous detective reveals the truth. Agatha Christie once again has written a story, which keeps readers in suspense. As she takes us into the exotic land of the Pharaohs, the twists and turns of the plot keep the reader guessing. Death on the Nile is highly recommended. It proves without a doubt that Agatha Christie is truly one of the greatest mystery authors of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    wonderful

    Thats what it is wonderful, in the beginning i had some trouble getting started but things picked up fast. I finishhed it in two days. You will love it. If you have read any of the series then this is the perfect book for you.

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