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Death on the Nile: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Death on the Nile: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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by Agatha Christie

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The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper


The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks…sending Hercule Poirot on a journey to Egypt in one of Agatha Christie’s most famous mysteries, Death on the Nile.

Editorial Reviews

Daily Mail (London)
“The construction is flawless.”
The Times (London)
“Must be read twice, once for enjoyment and once to see how the wheels go round.”
The Observer (London)
“The main alibi is of the first brilliance … the descriptive work hits, as it were, the Nile on the head.”
Sunday Times (London)
“A peach of a case for Poirot. I take my hat off to the author for as ingenious an alibi as can well be imagined.”
Library Journal
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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Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Home schooling

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Death on the Nile: A Hercule Poirot Mystery 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
diana45 More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie never disappoints. This is probably my favorite book from her. It is well written and enjoyable. It has a great twist and an amazing ending. I would recommend to anyone.
oacc35ais More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 4 months ago
“It’s certainly not a matter of life or death”. Agatha Christie’s Death on Nile certainly is. Hercule Poirot, a character of Christie’s, managed to star in the most novels, making 33 appearances in her writing. Poirot is her go-to detective. When something seems off, he’s on it. In this book, Poirot is on a cruise ship headed down the Nile in the 1930’s. He was going on the cruise for vacation, but when there is a murder, he’ll wind up doing what he was getting away from. The victim of the story is Linnet Ridgeway. Linnet has it all, or did. She was very rich, smart, wore nice clothes, but lots were jealous of her. She was engaged to Simon Doyle. Jacqueline De Bellefort was suppose to marry him but Linnet stole him. Simon Doyle is Linnet’s finance. He isn’t doing so well, he’s got the looks, but no money. He is tall with curly brown hair and dark blue eyes. He was going to be Linnets land agent, but now that they are getting married, not anymore. Linnet and Simon met when Jackie brought him over, so Linnet could talk to him to see if he is going to get the job. Jacqueline De Bellefort also has no money. At this point we figure Jackie is not too happy. She told Linnet that if she did not marry Simon she was going to die. She is poor. She is high-spirited but has a temper. She also said she is going follow her wherever she goes. All these characters are headed to this cruise ship on the Nile. Linnet and Simon are going on a getaway together, Hercule is going for vacation time and Jacqueline De Bellefort is just following Linnet and Simon. But it’s not just Linnet and Simon, she is bringing her maid and butler and a few old friends, so mostly everyone one on the ship has at least some kind of connection to Linnet. Like her ex-fiance,the man she left for Simon, makes an appearance. But when a more and more people are showing up that know Linnet, she she gets suspicious and get Poirot involved. Linnet is found shot shortly after. Greed and revenge are never justified, even in the name of love. The plot really engages with each of the five senses. Christie provides key details showing imagery and really involving the reader in the setting and situation around them. The only thing I would critique is that it took half the book for the murder to happen, so the solving of the case felt rushed with so many secrets being discovered, there just wasn't enough time. Also because Poirot was the detective, he discovered so many things about these other characters and Christie really introduced her characters in great detail, but we didn’t find out that much about Poirot himself. Most mystery writers try to connect every detail back to the main plot, but in Christie’s work, she introduces all kinds of clues and false accusations or red herrings. The reader and Poirot struggle with a lot of red herrings and I really enjoyed this because it kept me guessing the entire time. I feel that around ten years and up is the appropriate age recommendation for Christie’s work and I say that because I don’t see a lot of children liking some of the scary, gory moments, but also the complexity with many characters and red herrings to pay attention to, you need to be able to keep track of a lot as well. Bottom line is that this story takes you on a marvelous adventure with so much diversity in characters and new secrets being uncovered every page keeping you hungry for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never have I seen a movie cover this book correctly. That's what makes it so much better than I expected. I finally got the murders and the motives right but with the wrong methods and chronological order desperately wrong. Great book!
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MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year ago
Brilliant read. Love the story and still did not get who did it even though I have read it 3 times during my life.
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MerleF More than 1 year ago
What I love about Agatha Christie is the fine development of so many interesting CHARACTERS. Get a bit tired, sometimes, of Poirot's preening, but the story hangs together well. Not sure that ALL the clues were there in the story, but it's a worthwhie and entertaining read, for escapist literature of the period.
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The beginning drags on; the exciting part takes a while to get to. This was my first Christie novel and I had just finished it today because of a school reading assignment. This book's victim and murderer are interesting as well as the side crimes. Overall this is a good read excluding the dragging start.
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SMiD More than 1 year ago
While the story of Death on the Nile is a fanstastic murder mystery and offers us characters worth studying, the NOOK book version is positively littered with spelling and formatting errors. For example, the word "little" appears as "lithe" more times than can be counted. Someone needs to work harder on their transfer process; this is unacceptable.
Joel_M More than 1 year ago
This was my first Hercule Poirot mystery, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The first half of the book was setup and seemed to drag a bit, but once the murder actually occurred the investigation and piecing together the evidence was very well-written and had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the end. I probably would have given this 4 stars if the setup hadn't taken so long...I much preferred Christie's "And Then there Were None." As far as genius detectives go, Hercule Poirot was okay, but I much prefer Sherlock Holmes or Dupin at this point. Poirot is much more kind and personable than either of them, but I find their arrogance or lack of social skills more entertaining. Poirot also frequently uses French phrases which are never translated (I could figure out about 3/4 of them without resorting to a French-English dictionary) and I found this obnoxious rather than endearing. Overall: Great plot, mildly interesting main character, overly slow pacing
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