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In this startling historical mystery, unique in the author's canon, Agatha Christie investigates a deadly mystery at the heart of a dissonant family in ancient Egypt. Imhotep, wealthy landowner and priest of Thebes, has outraged his sons and daughters by bringing a beautiful concubine into their fold. And the manipulative Nofret has already set about a plan to usurp her ri ...more
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Published April 15th 2002 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published October 1944)
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Nikoleta
Sep 02, 2016 Nikoleta rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, historical
Αν και το είχα ξαναδιαβάσει πριν πολλά χρόνια, πραγματικά δεν θυμόμουν τίποτα. Ακολουθεί το γνωστό μοτίβο των βιβλίων της Christie, στο οποίο ο πρωτοπρόσωπος αφηγητής βιώνει και διηγείται τα γεγονότα ενώ στα παρασκήνια ο πανέξυπνος παρατηρητής αργά η γρήγορα ανακαλύπτει τον δράστη.
Το πρωτότυπο του βιβλίου είναι το ότι εξελίσσεται στην αρχαία Αίγυπτο και επίσης ότι ο Πουαρό της ιστορίας, είναι μια παμπόνηρη και απίστευτα καυστική μπαμπόγρια (οι ατάκες της δεν παίζονται).
Η ιστορία μου άρεσε πολύ
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mark monday
Jan 13, 2014 mark monday rated it really liked it
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
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Pranta Ghosh Dastider
What a story!! What a story indeed!!!

I admit, I have read very few of Christie stories, and only two of them weren't translated including this one. Here and now I am mesmerized by her fabulous storytelling. So organized well masked plot and witty characters! There were motive for many and killings took place, but why you may never be sure until the end. I had particularly two in my mind, and one of them turned out to be villainous. So, there is hint if you can observe well enough, but I admit, i
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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
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Marija Simić
Jun 10, 2016 Marija Simić rated it it was amazing
Oh! Once again, murder is easy. When you kill once, the next time will be much much easier, and the next, and the next..
I sort of felt like this wrote George R. R. Martin, ha!
This family at first appeared like others, women fighting for trivial stuff, men proving themselves amongst each other.. But, all of this was just a shallow picture, and Agatha succeded to prove how, deep down people often carry very different emotions than the ones they 'show to the world'.

While I was coming to the end of
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Sophie Hannah
Jan 16, 2016 Sophie Hannah rated it really liked it
Beautifully written. One of Agatha's very best standalones, and I would have given it five stars if it weren't for the fact that I guessed the murderer about halfway through. Still, that's probably my fault. The novel is elegant, perfectly structured, full of clues and misdirection, with a great cast of characters and possibly the most vile of all Agatha's horrid characters. A very satisfying read.
Jaksen
Jan 13, 2016 Jaksen rated it really liked it
An Agatha Christie I hadn't read! (I listened to this one, actually.)

I've been doing a lot of sewing - yeah, I'm old, female and retreating into something I did endlessly while in college - and so I like to listen to an occasional book while I'm working. I chose this one thinking it was probably a Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot. Boy was I wrong! This is a murder mystery set in ancient Egypt and you could learn a lot about the social mores and family structure of the times just by reading this boo
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Elilith
Aug 03, 2016 Elilith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aunque esta vez sí que he adivinado al asesino (pasatiempo preferido cuando leo a esta genio del misterio), me ha parecido un libro totalmente perfecto, con aparte de la trama de misterio principal, muchas enseñanzas valiosas. Además, la ambientación es totalmente genial. Agatha se mete dentro del antiguo egipto, mostrando un total conocimiento tanto de su religión como de las costumbres cotidianas. Adoro la cultura egipcia y ha sido un placer leer una ambientación tan trabajada. Muy recomendado ...more
Candiss
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
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An Odd1
Jan 26, 2013 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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?) http://books.google.ca/books?id=sEEEA...

Human nature - fear, envy, betrayal, love, hate - are every
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Nhi Nguyễn
“Đàn ông thường phát cuồng vì cặp đùi mịn màng của phụ nữ, nhưng lạ chưa, trong thoáng chốc chúng đã trở thành những dải ngọc bạc màu…

Một chút ít, một tí tẹo của cái giống như giấc mơ, và ở tận cùng sẽ là cái chết…”


Lời nói tưởng chừng như vô nghĩa và hầu như không gợi chút đáng sợ nào của nhân vật lớn tuổi nhất trong truyện, hóa ra chỉ mới là màn dạo đầu, là lời cảnh báo đầu tiên cho những sự thật đáng sợ và những cái chết nhuốm màu dã tâm đen tối trong cuốn tiểu thuyết trinh thám độc nhất vô nh
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Kikoi
May 04, 2013 Kikoi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amany Ayman
Feb 05, 2016 Amany Ayman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
و دايما و انت بتقرأ للعظيمة افتكر القاعدة الى انت ممشى حياتك عليها ..
الناس من برا مختلفة عن الى جوا و الغدر مبيجيش الا الى انت بتثق فيهم
و الحمد لله الواحد كان متوقع او على الأقل مشتبه فيه و لم يتفاجأ و دا يدل على حاجة من حاجتين .. اما ان اجاثا بقت متوقعة او اننا اتخزوقنا كتير فى الحياة اننا نعرف مين الى القاتل :D

و كالعادة .. انبهرت بأجاثا و فلسفتها هنا ظهرت فى الشخصيات و خباياها و التفكير فيها و ان الذكاء مش دايما خدوم و حاجات كتيييييرة فعليا رواية دسمة و ممتعة جدا .
Themis
Feb 28, 2016 Themis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I listened to the audiobook as I drove back home from spending Christmas with my family. The beginning of the book, actually most of the book, doesn't feel like an Agatha Christie story. I enjoyed the story as it unfolded, but there were a lot of things repeated over and over again. Sometimes I thought I had forgotten to change the CD. Overall, it's a vey good story, but one you shouldn't "read" while driving. I almost forgot to mention: the narrator brings the characters to life so well, I was ...more
Carmen
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
This book is excellent! It takes place in Ancient Egypt, and it is a murder mystery...of course. I love it! Christie makes sure that anyone could have done it...and you suspect everyone at different times. I adore how she develops her characters. Her main character, a woman named Renisenb, I found childish, ditzy, and even idiotic at times. Also, the book takes place during a time when women are not given much respect. The ending definitely surprised me! I would highly recommend this book.
Kavita Ramesh
Aug 24, 2016 Kavita Ramesh rated it it was amazing
I don't know what it is with me and books set in Ancient Egypt, but I love them. (Perhaps I was Egyptian in a past life?)
Anyhow, this is a great little mystery and her only novel that I've read in the more recent years (I read the bulk of her work as a teen).
Superb little novel.
Kavita
Jan 29, 2016 Kavita rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favourite Agatha Christie book, despite its different setting. Imhotep is a priest and a businessman and a farmer. His two elder sons, Yahmouse and Sobek, look after his business while he is away. His younger son, Ipy is considered too young to take much responsibility. Then there is Esa, his mother, Hori and Kameni, his scribes, and Renisenb, his beloved daughter. Yahmouse, Sobek and their wives, Satipy and Kait, live together along with the other members of the household, inc ...more
Shinjini
Jan 11, 2015 Shinjini rated it really liked it
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
Meave
Aug 05, 2010 Meave rated it it was ok
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
Lesley
Well this makes murder seem so easy!
Joseph Cognard
Mar 24, 2016 Joseph Cognard rated it really liked it
Did you ever read a book and feel like you read it before. There were so many times so many scenes that I really felt like I read this before. It was not what I expected, I have read a few Agatha Christie books before and always loved them. However never one set in such a time period, Ancient Egypt. I enjoyed it but felt she had to explain the advanced thinking in ancient times a lot for the reader to feel it was acceptable. It worked but sometimes got annoying.
But what really got to me was the
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Eman
Feb 09, 2011 Eman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tali
Jun 25, 2012 Tali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 16, 2012 Mary Dantic rated it it was amazing
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Feseven
Feb 10, 2016 Feseven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La nostra cara Agatha ci porta, in questo romanzo, nell'antico Egitto tra le dinastie di Sacerdoti in Tebe. La giovane Renisenb, in seguito alla morte del marito, torna per cercare conforto nella grande casa del padre Imhotep. Ma non è conforto quello che troverà, bensì una serie di nefasti eventi dettati da potere, prevaricazione, gelosie e rancori. Riuscirà a scoprire se dietro a tutto questo ci sono gli spiriti dei defunti o la malvagità dei vivi?
Il romanzo, un po' diverso dai classici a cui
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Jessica Prescott
Mar 22, 2016 Jessica Prescott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
We all know Agatha Christie wrote a ton of mystery novels, but this, I believe, is her best work. Amazingly well-drawn characters, INCREDIBLY vivid setting (Ancient Egypt!), complex plot that will leave you guessing until the last page. (And yes, I do mean the very last page.) Highly recommended for any Christie lover.
Thomas
Aug 20, 2016 Thomas rated it liked it
Agatha Christie's second husband was the archaeologist Max Mallowan, and among their circle was the Egyptologist Stephen Glanville, who assisted Christie with some of the details of everyday life in ancient Egypt for this novel. The story is loosely based on the Heqanakht papyri, a set of letters from the ka-priest Heqanakht to his family, which were discovered in a tomb in the Theban necropolis. Apparently Heqanakht was a rather imperious fellow and the letters are quite bitchy -- just the thin ...more
Samyuktha jayaprakash
Sep 01, 2016 Samyuktha jayaprakash rated it it was amazing
If you are not as trusting as rehniseb , you will find the killer pretty quickly. But that doesn't take anything away from this beautifully written crime book. I envy Agatha christie. It is so rare to see someone excel at writing , storytelling , thrilling , making us turn the pages , give a historically accurate and psychologically sound story all at the same time. If you're the type who wants the killer to have proper motive and just not mere shock value you will love this one. I loved the Egy ...more
Sarah
Mar 24, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Not my favorite Christie. I think it was interesting (and perhaps brave) of her to try something new with this novel, setting it in Ancient Egypt. If this had been my first book of hers I may have wondered what all of the hoopla was about. I didn't think her writing style translated very well to ancient times. I didn't like how there was murder after murder after murder... I mean she's done it before but it seemed so unnecessary in this instance. I also thought the murderer was pretty easy to fi ...more
Fatimah F Almomen
جميلة ,, فاقت التوقعات في المجرم ...

صدمت بالنهاية ... لكنها تستحق القراءة ..
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
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