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Death Comes as the End

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  7,443 ratings  ·  320 reviews
It is Egypt in 2000 BC, where death gives meaning to life. At the foot of a cliff lies the broken, twisted body of Nofret, concubine to a ka-priest. Young, beautiful, and venomous, most agree that it was fate—she deserved to die like a snake!

But at her father's house on the banks of the Nile, the priest's daughter Renisenb believes that the woman's death is suspicious. Inc...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1945)
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mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are Imhotep, ka-priest of Ancient Egypt, ruler over a family of nitwits and schemers and busybodies, with drama enough to drive you insane. Poor fellow, all you want is a little peace... the kind of peace that is found in the arms of a gorgeous concubine. Who can blame you? The only sympathetic person in your life is your daughter, a lovely and tragic young widow. But sadly, the concubine turns out to be as big a drama queen as everyone else in your life and very ba...more
Lubna ALajarmah
عشت في جو الرواية ,,, لدرجة أنني تخيلت نفسي في مصر قبل أربعة آلاف عام... حيث الموت يعطي المعنى للحياة.
في الرواية تعود البطلة إلى بيت أبيها على ضفاف النيل بعد وفاة زوجها، ولكن ... تحت السطح الهادئ لتلك العائلة الأسرية الموسرة يكمن الجشع وتمتلئ النفوس بالطمع والكراهية.
ومع وصول جارية الأب الجديدة المتكبرة، تتفجر مشاعر الأسرة حقداً، ويبدأ القتل.
ما الذي سيأتي في النهاية؟
الرواية رائعة ,,, فعلاً

قرأتها في الـ 2010 مع روايتين لأجاثا كريستي لا اذكر عنوانهما .. ولكني بعد ذلك قررت ان لا أقرأ لها أبداً لأنه...more
Agatha Christie's Death Comes as the End is a good old-fashioned whodunnit with many layers of characterization and psychological intrigue.

Unlike Christie's many other mysteries, such as her beloved Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple series, this one takes place in ancient Egypt. Although the story is technically about the murder of a concubine, it's actually more about the family drama among and the psychological landscape of the central family's members. A ka-priest (priest whose job it is to ten...more
An Odd1
Agatha Christie uses quote to echo the precepts of Ptha-hotep, from maybe the oldest known manuscripts.

"Men are made fools by the gleaming limbs of women, and lo, in a minute they are become discolored carnelians. A trifle, a little, the likeness of a dream, and death comes as the end"
(Hard to find in p88 Life magazine 1 Oct 1956, yet Christie published book first in 1944 - inside knowledge?)

Human nature - fear, envy, betrayal, love, hate - are every w...more
رواية أجاثا كريستي الموت يأتِي في النّهاية
>> هكذا كان عنوانها في النسخة التي أمتلك
أحببتهاآ بكلـ تفاصيلهاآ ، قلما شعرت أنها تتجه لنوع التحقيق و الجريمة
صحيح هناك جرائم متتالية في الأحداث ، لكنها و بطريقةٍ ما يغلب عليها النوع الدرامي
و طبعاً لا أعلم كيف يكون المجرم شخصاً لن يشُكّ بهـٍ أحد

أحداثها تُروى في مصر القديمة و الأسماء التي سببت لِِي أزمة في نطقهاآ
تتحدث عن عائلة مكونة من أب و أبنائه : البنت زوجها متوفي و لها طفلة
الابن الأكبر متزوج و لديه أبناء و كذلك الابنن المتوسط
الابن الأصغر - من ا...more
أجمل روايات أجثا

تحميل جوا رائعا خاصة لأنها في مصر حبيبة القلب

ولأنها تحمل أبعادا نفسيا

كم هي راقية تلك الكاتبة وكم أعشقها وأحمل لها كل تقدير وحب واحترام
I wasn't sure what to expect with this novel, as I'd gotten used to the post-war setting that most of Christie's novels are based in, so a historical murder mystery was a break from normal. To my great surprise, I ended up really loving this novel. I don't know whether it's because I used to study Classics, but the ancient Egyptian setting really added to the story for me and interesting to see how a murder mystery could be successfully worked into a family group where ritual is incredibly impor...more
Mary Dantic
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Very odd. It's good when an author tries to stretch, you know, but it was still the same story, and I didn't like that inching-toward-monotheism business one bit; it seemed terribly disrespectful. Still, I guess all her stories are the same story, so to criticize this one in particular isn't fair; it was how the tone felt like a mixture of genuine narrative and this unpleasant "writing about savages" superiority. If she was taking it seriously, then it's too bad she was such a prejudiced old thi...more
This is probably more like 3.5 stars because I was expecting more clues and detecting, and what I got was more character based drama and introspection, with a side order of body count and murder. Ms. Christie is very very good at making the characters in her mysteries into three-dimensional people, but Renusenb was a bit too naive for my tastes. This was still a very enjoyable read. The audiobook was great as well. Narrated by Emilia Fox, who you probably know from Merlin (or maybe you don't . ....more
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Fatimah F Almomen
جميلة ,, فاقت التوقعات في المجرم ...

صدمت بالنهاية ... لكنها تستحق القراءة ..
رواية رائعة جدا جدا جدا جدا .. تجعلك في عاالم آخر
رواية رائعة جدًا جدًا
Agatha Christie is one of those authors who are unquestionably guaranteed a place in my to- read list as and when I spot her name on a book. This particular book I hadn’t heard about when I spotted it in the library. With no further ado, I picked it up and put it along with my book pile. While waiting at the line, I read the short summary at the back of the book and was immediately intrigued. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get on to the book immediately but when I did open it and read through the fir...more
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Soy un fan acérrimo de Agatha Christie y uno de mis objetivos en esta vida es leerme todos sus libros. De hecho, he decidido leer toda la saga de Hercule Poirot y toda la de Miss Marple en orden cronológico. El primer libro de Poirot es "El misterioso caso de Styles", que leí hace muchos años, y el primero de Miss Marple es "Muerte en la vicaría", del que hablé en esta entrada y del que salí...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
I'll acknowledge that Christie might have written more impressive novels, ones that might stand out more in the mystery genre and best act as an introduction to her work. But of all the Christie novels, and I've read a few dozen, including the most famous, this one is my personal favorite, and probably for the reason it's unique among her novels.

All her other mystery novels were set in the present day of when they were published--this one is set in Ancient Egypt, as the Author's Note tells us, "...more
The book takes place in Egypt, 2000 BC, but as Agatha Christie noted, it could be any time and place, since people didn't change much. It's easy to replace ka-priest with wealthy lord or rich businessman and his concubine with young wife. It's easy to recognise a timid housewife, an egoistic youngth, a henpecked husband and so on. At the same time Agatha Christie creates wonderful atmosphere of Anciet Egypt, where death is a source of wealth, where version of the ghost committing murders is take...more
I was quite hesitated when I first read this book. Perhaps the setting of the book's plot was not enough to catch my interest. Then, as I read further, I seemed to be reading from a history book with precise historical view; rather than actually reading a crime book by Agatha Christie.

She made it precised with the timelines, the characters' functions in society, the clear explanation of hierarchy and the cultural surrounding of Egypt at that period of time. This book was not her best book, or at...more
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Nov 02, 2008 rabbitprincess rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Agatha Christie fans
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: Top 100 list
* * * * 1/2

If there was ever any doubt about Agatha Christie's status at the top of the crime fiction pantheon, this book lays those doubts to rest.

In a departure from her usual country-manor mysteries, Agatha Christie sets a story in Ancient Egypt. Imhotep, a mortuary priest, creates tensions among his family when he brings home a concubine named Nofret. They resent her coming and go out of their way to make her feel unwelcome, but she plays the situation to her own advantage and tattles to Imh...more
Jul 30, 2008 Melody rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Agatha Christie and mystery lovers around the globe
Recommended to Melody by: Sister
Shelves: mystery, thrillers
Agatha Christie is one of my all-time favorite authors. She has written so many books that I've never failed to find something of hers that I haven't read yet, when my bookshelves are empty.

Death Comes As The End was one of hers that I read quite a while ago. I remembered reading it as a young teen and being frightened out of my wits, in a good way. I picked it up again the other day as a return to an old favorite.

Of course, it didn't have the same effect on me this time through. Agatha Christie...more
My first Agatha Christie! It... sort of lived up to the hype.

First of all, I enjoyed the setting. I'm not sure if it was 100% accurate, but it was certainly not inaccurate to my layman's eye, and it was a nice little read. I was sort of annoyed that our ostensible heroine didn't actually get to do much except be bait, but the mystery was well-constructed and I liked that Renisanb had some sympathy for Nofret despite disliking her intensely. I never did see what Renisanb saw in Kameni, though; I...more
I tried to cheat a little with this book. Instead of taking all the evidence and trying to figure out whodunit, I took each character in turn and said, “THIS person must have committed the murder(s) because…” and then tried to make the evidence fit. And then when the book ended I was STILL caught by surprise, because the murderer was the one character that I’d dismissed almost without consideration. It’s a good example of what Christie does with ALL of her mysteries, especially since you can go...more
totally thrilling ...loved it
Asma suliman
أعتقد أنه قد حان الوقت كي أكتب انطباعي بالمجمل عن روايات اغاثا كريستي بحكم أني أنهيت سبعه منها وبنفس الفترة .

لم اتوقع أن تثير الروايات البوليسيه اهتمامي الا انها فعلت .. ما أحببته فيها أنها لا تقتصر على جريمة وقاتل فقط .. لا .. كان في كل رواية قرأتها جانب نفسي ممتع يركز على شخصيات الرواية ، ماضيهم ، حالاتهم النفسيه ، وكيف تؤثر كل تلك الامور على ارتكاب الجريمة أيضًا كيف للعبارات والحوارات والتفاصيل الصغيره أن تٌلهمك للتعرف على الجاني لذا فالمسأله كلها مرتبطة بالعامل النفسي وهذا ماشدني جدًا .

G Hodges
I believe this is the first historical fiction crime novel, but I'm not sure. Set in ancient Egypt, there was limited description of the setting (it could have been a play), but you still get a sense of place. Very interesting for Christie, and except for the actual denouement, very well done. Recommended as a somewhat change of pace for Christie lovers.
I was extremely excited for this book. Agatha Christie is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, and Ancient Egypt is my favorite ancient culture. I thought the combo would be amazing! But, I found myself disappointed.

Every single one of the characters were unlikable. I tried really hard to like the 'main' character Renisenb, but I just couldn't. She was clueless about everything and had no guts. The only characters that became somewhat likable during the course of the story were Esa, the...more
Christie sums up both the strength and weakness of her unique historical outing Death Comes As the End at the beginning of her author's note: "The action of this book takes place on the west bank of the Nile at Thebes in Egypt about 2000 B.C. Both places and time are incidental to the story. Any other place at any other time would have served as well..."

What we have, then, is a mystery just like any other in her oeuvre, only with more papyrus. So depending on your expectations your mileage may...more
Historical detective fiction done very well in Agatha Christie's usual style. The characters are timeless and could have fit it anywhere (any time, any place) but there are plenty of elements which give the setting its local colour (set in Ancient Egypt). Sort of typical whodunnit, it's going to have you picking every character apart for motives and circumstances, until the answer is finally revealed.
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