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Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  64,651 Ratings  ·  1,842 Reviews
The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything - until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: 'I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.' Yet in ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published November 1st 1937)
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Elsa Wulandari hmm.. not the best scene of Agatha Christie..
but it's still worth to read :)

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Hopefully I am not committing any heretical thoughtcrime here, but am I the only one who thinks Hercule Poirot comes across as a bit of a doucheapotamus . Between the accent, the arrogance and the jabbing his butt into everyone’s business, he reminded of a cross between nosey neighbor Gladys Kravitz and everyone's favorite rapist, Pepe Le Pew.

Now before you get the cheese grater and the lemon juice out for me, let me say that this is my first Agatha Christie novel and my first experience with
Jun 20, 2014 Mickey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A friend told me who the murderer was, so I was not surprized when the killer was discovered.
I never talked to this friend again...
mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are a poor sap who loves an English rose, a jewel of society, a gateway to fortune and romance. Together you travel the exotic Nile, surrounded by jealousy and greed and yearned-for vengeance, each of your fellow passengers a bizarre and unsettling caricature, each one morbidly following your every move. Murder strikes – not once, not twice, but thrice! The situation becomes quite unbearable, and made worse by the attentions of a notorious Belgian muckraker. How do
May 12, 2016 Joca rated it really liked it
Nov 03, 2012 3houd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Death on the Nile has to be one of my favourite books by Agatha Christie. I've read most of her books and I never get tiered of re-reading them :)
There's something specially dark about this book and I happen to like it.
As usual the characters are multi-dimensional and quite weird and scandalous lol. EVERYONE has a motive and an opportunity, anyone could've done it but I can never guess the right person with Agatha :)

Very enjoyable and highly recommended.
I should have known I like Christie because her stories are just simply wonderful old-fashioned crime puzzles that make you turn the pages and sigh when everything's finished. There's not much action or focusing to the crime solver's personal life which is fantastic and in a lot of ways works better than the plots of formulaic contemporary crime novels. Also, the time in which the murders are set is part of the appeal to me. For a long time I've adored the tv movies because you could actually se ...more
Mar 26, 2016 Em rated it really liked it
A typical Poirot mystery.
Rich heiress, impoverished friend, a couple of suitors, acquaintances with straightened circumstances.
Heiress snatches her impoverished friend's fiance and they are off on a honeymoon cruise over the Nile. The outraged jilted lady friend, Poirot, a couple old ladies, a couple of young ladies, a few mysterious men - are put together in the cruise.
What follows is a medley of intrigue, quarrel, theft, murder and mayhem.
Was an enjoyable read.
May 07, 2016 Cherie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have not read all of that many HP stories, but I think this is my favorite mystery so far. I am looking forward to more of them.

Although he is retired and taking a vacation cruise on the Nile, he still ends up in charge of a murder and more mystery than he could shake a stick at. Was it only a matter of time?

A great cast of nice and not so nice characters, typical of Agatha Christie. The timing of events and how they played out - wonderful!
Nov 11, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Death on the Nile" is a intriguing Poirot mystery, that involves a murder and ship full of people who may easily have had a motive for the deed. So, though I'd expected a thrilling setting for the murder (like the African background in "Man in the Brown Suit") instead the majority of the book takes place on the boat. This is definitely more "traditional" murder mystery style, where it consists of Q&A with nearly every passenger on the ship. But, Christie manages to add in a lot of character ...more
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Jan 21, 2016 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ha! I totally guessed whodunnit. This is one of the most famous Poirot novels, and I thought for sure it would give me the run for my money, but alas. A young heiress is murdered on a cruise down the Nile river, which triggers a series of crimes and deceptions. Luckily Poirot decides to vacation in Egypt...
❆ Crystal ❆
Review for audiobook ~ 4 stars story 5++ stars narration.
Probably the one and only Agatha Christie book that I guessed correctly who the murderer was. This was a very enjoyable book.
The narration was brilliant. This book is part of a set belonging to Poirot s Finest Cases Eight Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations Poirot s Finest Cases Eight Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations by Agatha Christie. I loved the narration, sound effects and the music with this one. It was very well done and quite a fun, memorable experience.

David Sarkies
Jul 09, 2015 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Murder Mystery Fans
Recommended to David by: My Mum
Shelves: mystery
Another Holiday Interrupted - BY MURDER
9 July 2015

I'm not really all that sure about these Agatha Christie mysteries. I guess it has something to do with me never really being all that interested in your stock standard mystery, of which Christie was an absolute master. Okay, I do enjoy Sherlock Holmes, but then that probably has more to do with the guy being a coke fiend who regularly frequents brothels (as well as the brilliant rendition that Guy Ritchie produced – well, okay the first one at
Nicole Alycia
Aug 18, 2016 Nicole Alycia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved it!
There's so many twists and turns that by the end I had no clue who did it and was totally surprised by the outcome!
Aug 08, 2016 MeriiXún~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ultimately quite thrilling though parts did drag a bit for my taste. I think because we had so many characters and while they were outwardly very different from one another it was also hard to get beneath the superficial with most of them and thus harder for me to feel as connected as I like to. And I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more Egyptian "atmosphere" -- with a few brief passages as exception, the story played out on the ship very much as it might have done in the typical Eng ...more
Jul 30, 2016 Gaetano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stavolta la storia raccontata dalla Christie si svolge in un battello che trasporta un gruppo eterogeneo di turisti in viaggio sul Nilo; uno di questi è il nostro Hercule Poirot e, come al solito, non c’è scampo per i colpevoli.

Nonostante sia in vacanza, è inevitabile che Poirot sia chiamato in causa per trovare il colpevole dell’omicidio della bella ereditiera Linnet.

L’ho letto con avidità e, come al solito, ho apprezzato l’abilità dell’autrice a raccontare storie in affascinanti atmosfere esot
Ludgero Cardoso
Mar 18, 2016 Ludgero Cardoso rated it liked it
"Morte no Nilo" desiludiu-me um pouco. Personagens quase iguais às de "Um Crime No Expresso do Oriente", ainda por cima todos presos num meio de transporte. Ao contrário da maioria das pessoas, não acertei o ladrão, mas o assassino foi bastante previsível.
Miquel Reina
Sep 28, 2015 Miquel Reina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me Agatha Cristie is a genius of thriller and crime novels. I love getting lost in her atomospheres full of mystery and sophistication in which each of the characters can be a heroe or a murderer. Death on the Nile is undoubtedly one of his best known novels and its reputation is well deserved. I encourage all readers of detective fiction and suspense to read this jewel of literature and the magic of Agatha Chritie's words.

Spanish version:
Para mi Agatha Cristie es el genio de las novelas de
Jul 29, 2016 Mariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damn, pensado ao pormenor! Tantos eventos num só vapor! O final! É de se tirar o chapéu e fazer uma vénia a tal engenhosa história. Tenho a dizer que parte da história me lembrou o «Crime no Expresso do Oriente», mas claro que o resto nada teve a ver. Apenas o desenrolar de algumas cenas.
Alaa Ashraf
Jun 28, 2014 Alaa Ashraf rated it it was amazing
What the!! WHAT!! now i understand! If anybody could've fooled The Doctor it would've been Agatha Christie!!
Sep 24, 2015 Obsidian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well finally! I was starting to worry that I was on a total downswing with the Poirot books.
Dumb Witness was really awful. If it hadn't been on my list of Poirot's to read I would have skipped it. Death on the Nile reminds me most of Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. We have a very smart Poirot with an able assist by Colonel Race (Christie fans will remember him from Cards on the Table) with Poirot also figuring out several other mysteries along the way.

We begin with hearing about an Amer
Ben Babcock
So if you’re a famous detective like Hercule Poirot, you’re probably steeped in murder. It’s just murder, murder, murder, all day, every day. What’s a Belgian to do? Go on vacation, of course! Tour the Nile, they said. It’ll be relaxing, they said. No one will kill anyone on your boat, they said.

In case the title doesn’t give it away, Death on the Nile is a punishment of sorts for Hercule Poirot. Poor bastard doesn’t get a moment’s peace and quiet. I guess it’s payback for being so insufferably
Connie (Ava Catherine)
Agatha Charitie's novels are wonderful crime puzzles set in the most interesting places. In this book the beautiful millionaire Linnet Ridgeway steals Simon Doyle away from his fiance Jacqueline de Bellaforte, who was Linnet's best friend. Hurt and seeking revenge, Jacqueline follows the couple on their honeymoon down the Nile. Hercule Poirot is also on vacation, traveling down the Nile. In the lounge one evening, Jacqueline shoots Simon; however, he is not seriously wounded. At the same time so ...more
Ana Carolina
Mar 04, 2016 Ana Carolina rated it really liked it
The beginning was a little bit slow but it never got boring because the story was so well built!
When I was really close to the end I suspected who the killer was, however I had no idea how it was done and felt as lost as Colonel Race with Poirot's clues, so Agatha Christie was genious on that.

The highlight of this book for me are the characters, loved them.
أحمد رشيد
Jul 30, 2012 أحمد رشيد rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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الرواية القادمة : جريمة على قطار الشرق السريع ...
Feb 15, 2016 Raquel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Agatha Christie book. I read it almost 10 years ago and it made me fall in love with the way she crafts mystery stories. Over the years, I read a few more of her books that reaffirmed my love for her mysteries. Since I didn't remember this story very well it only felt right to re-read it (this time in the original language). What surprised me upon re-reading Death on the Nile is how slow the beginning of the story is. It takes a while for Christie to build up the intrigue but o ...more
Jan 24, 2016 Anny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un 4'5 en realidad. Pero ha sido maravilloso. Como todos los libros de la autora.
Jul 19, 2016 Yasmin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite Poirot mystery! I first read this when I was about 12, and the sheer cleverness of it and the style of writing completely captivated me. Re-reading it after many years, I was delighted to find it was even better than I remembered. The way she sets a scene, the location of the crime in Egypt-it has such a romantic feel to it. I love all the descriptions of the temples, the sun and heat- just as if I was there.
This one has it all- money, blackmail, stabbings, shootings- perfect!!!
May 18, 2016 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's been thirty plus years since I read Death on the Nile, and I was sort of shocked when it occurred to me that it's a book I've never reread. It has always been my favourite Agatha Christie story, but the 1978 movie with Peter Ustinov as my favourite Hercule Poirot (sorry David Suchet and Albert Finney) has usurped rereading with rewatching.

This time around, I pseudo-reread Death on the Nile by listening to the David Suchet narrated audio version.

As much as I prefer Ustinov to Suchet, I mus
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