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Death on the Nile: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) Paperback – February 1, 2011
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All three of the stories follow Christie's tried-and-true formula: She introduces the cast of suspects, gives each of them a dark secret and a motive to lie, and piles up the circumstances in such a way that the flying fickle finger of suspicion points to every one of them at some time or another. She compounds the confusion by supplying false leads and deliberatly glossing over hot clues. In each case Poirot holds his cards close to his vest, tantalizes the reader/listener with cryptic comments, and finds the most inconsequential-appearing facts to be highly significant. Eventually Poirot airs everyone's dirty laundry, explains his chain of deductive reasoning, reconstructs the crime in all its improbable complexity, and gets a confession.
Of the three stories, however, "Death on the Nile" presents the most feasible modus operandi for the murder, as well as the most likely motivation for murder. This is a roudabout way of saying that "Death on the Nile" is the most realistic of the three.
I listened to the BBC production of "Death on the Nile" and found it the easiest of the three stories for the listener to follow. For "Orient Express" and "Mesopotamia" you need a flow chart to keep up with all the twists, turns, and complexities of the plot. All in all, "Death on the Nile" provides the listener with an entertaining, satisfying story of murder and mayhem.
This is Christie writing near the peak of her skills, offering us a complex tale of emotional fury, considerable atmosphere, and endless intrigue played out by a truly eccentric cast of characters that include society snobs, underhanded servants, neurotic writers, unsavory businessmen, a communist, and just possibly one or two jewel thieves for good measure. Unlike the more famous ORIENT EXPRESS, which offers us a meticulous and extremely cool crime, DEATH ON THE NILE veers into considerable emotional melodrama--and although Christie walks a very fine line here, she succeeds in bringing it off with tremendous flair. And when it comes, the solution to the crime is one of her most memorable and successful, combining the logic and startle-factor that have made Christie legendary in the genre. A brilliant piece of work from start to finish.
When the reader first meets Linnet Ridgeway, she has everything - beauty, brains, money, and soon enough, her best friend's fiance, Simon Doyle. The newly married couple embark upon their honeymoon, only to discover the jilted fiance/friend, Jacqueline, seeking revenge at every turn. When Linnet Doyle is found murdered aboard the 'S.S. Karnak', Jacqueline is immediately the primary suspect, but she has a concrete alibi. Hercule Poirot must use his somewhat maddening powers of deduction and observation, to piece together the clues with the murder, and the other killings that quickly follow suit. All on board are suspects with many who have secrets they wish to keep hidden. Can Hercule Poirot tighten the net and capture the killer before he/she strikes again?
But of course he can, showing off the entire time, and taking readers for a confounding story of alibis and lies, coverups and misleading clues, that comes full circle in the end. "Death on the Nile" is an extremely well-written mystery that will leave readers guessing until the very last pages when Poirot finally unveils his knowledge of the murderer. It is by far one of Agatha Christie's greatest mysteries and a timeless classic example of what a good mystery should be.
All of the background characters were great (some hillarious) and I recommend this novel strongly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good book. It's datedness kept me from giving it more stars. I couldn't really care about any of the characters. Hercule Poirot and his thinking held it all together. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Julia C. Ford
Have watched the movie several times; it is a favorite. Book is good, although there are a lot of characters to keep track of - more than in the movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Auletta
A good read. It follows the movie most of the way . The book definitely gives a more perspective, in that aspect I would say the book is way better than then movie.Published 2 months ago by FreeSpirited
I had fun reading Death on the Nile. But in the end, I didn't believe that anyone would commit a murder knowing that the "World's Greatest Detective" was aboard the same... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Average guy