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Death on the Nile

(Hercule Poirot #17)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  115,990 ratings  ·  5,042 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, 214 pages
Published 1978 by Bantam Books (first published November 1937)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-mystery
”’What a lot of enemies you must make, Linnet.’

‘Enemies?’ Linnet looked surprised.

Joanna nodded and helped herself to a cigarette.

‘Enemies, my sweet. You’re so devastatingly efficient. And you’re so frightfully good at doing the right thing.’

Linnet laughed.

‘Why, I haven’t got an enemy in the world!’”

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Linnet Doyle is on her honeymoon in Egypt with the husband she recently stole from one of her best friends. Not only is Linnet filthy rich, but also gorgeous, sophisticated, and charming. Some mi
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Oh Agatha, you never, ever disappoint!

How I would love to have lunch with you, you brilliant badass!
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

"I like an audience, I must confess. I am vain, you see. I am puffed up with conceit. I like to say: ‘See how clever is Hercule Poirot!’"

Well, this confession from the renowned detective may very well be true, but I admit it is one of the reasons I love him so! He also has integrity and class… and a really swell mustache! Reading Agatha Christie’s Poirot stories never fail to entertain and to comfort. In my part of the country, we are bracing for a winter storm with heaps of snow and fr
It is 1937 and Cairo is still considered a jewel of a city to rival Paris. The rich and famous flock there to enjoy her night life and cruise the Nile to see the pyramids. Such is the backdrop for Dame Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile starring Hercule Poirot. As in many of Poirot's cases, this mystery features a young heiress, multiple motives for murder, and criminals traveling under assumed names. All these facets add up to a fun, page turning whodunit.

Upon turning twenty one, Linnet Ridge
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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4+ out of 5 stars for Death on the Nile, a Hercule Poirot mystery published in 1937 by Agatha Christie. This is one of Christie's better mysteries, not because of the complexity in the mystery but due to the characters she creates. No one is who they appear to be on this ship, and they are all trapped together. It's nearly 100 years ago, so how could anyone get on or off the boat without the Captain or the rest of the staff in the know? (No, I'm not giving away a spoiler).
Kylie D
An old favourite revisited, Agatha Christie never fails to suck the reader in. Superbly plotted, Death On The Nile is full of intrigue, and you find yourself turning pages long into the night. Few author's today can match the Queen of Crime. Highly recommended.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Hospital nurses, me, I find them always gloomy! The night nurse, always, she is astonished to find her patient alive in the evening; the day nurse, always, she is surprised to find him alive in the morning! They know too much, you see, of the possibilities that may arise."

I found it very funny that these words of Poirot written eighty two years ago still hold true. I know a woman who works as a nurse and the above description fits her to the T. Then again, it was Poirot who said it and he was n
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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...
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 wi
J.L.   Sutton
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another vacation in an exotic locale, another murder to be solved by Agatha Christie's detective, Hercule Poirot. I enjoyed Christie's Death on the Nile. Amid excursions to Abu Simbel and other ancient Egyptian sites, Poirot becomes acquainted with his fellow travelers. I liked how Christie used the locale and focused on a smaller set of characters (at least a smaller set than in Murder on the Orient Express) to get at a deeper familiarity of our suspects. Death on the Nile is a quick read and v ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another flashback Saturday, I’m reading another book I’ve read 20 years ago as a tribute to my younger, dumber, naiver self. Good thing is I feel like I’m reading a brand new book because I forget so many details, characters and some crucial parts about story’s progression.

I watched the first movie adaptation (1978) with Peter Ustinov( he’s brilliant actor but I still loved Albert Finney’s portrait more) Betty Davis, Angela Lansbury and Mia Farrow. The casting is remarkable and the fast pacing
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Joanna picked up a string of pearls from the dressing table. 'I suppose these are real, aren't they, Linnet?'

'Of course.'

'I know it's 'of course' to you, my sweet, but it wouldn't be to most people. Heavily cultured or even Woolworth! Darling, they really are incredible, so exquisitely matched. They must be worth the most fabulous sum!'

'Rather vulgar, you think?'

'No, not at all - just pure beauty. What are they worth?'

'About fifty thousand.'

'What a lovely lot of money! Aren't you afraid
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is only the second time that I read Death on the Nile. I remember the sublime subterfuge of the guilty party, but thought there were only two deaths in the book. In fact there are five deaths and the book has a quite hectic pace.

Hercule Poirot refers to previous cases once or twice. In Murder of the Orient Express he absolved the guilty completely. In Death on the Nile, he regrets bringing the murderer to justice, but carries out this task still.

The boat on the Nile houses many other charac
One of my favorite Agatha Christie stories. I read this book, have watched the movie hundreds of times, but now I wanted to hear the audio. The BBC radio dramatizations are unique and take some getting used to. The first BBC adaptation I listened to, I did not care for it. There are a lot of people for the various characters, there are background noises, and music. But this one I really enjoyed. It feels like I'm listening to a play or movie.....without seeing anything.

The most fascinating part
I WILL review tonight, honest 😬

So here is tonight, and here is my review. I'm obviously still not fully up to speed as I don't normally take this long to write a review, especially for a Poirot and for a book I liked. Nor do I normally read my monthly Poirot so late in the month
Now I cannot ever remember reading this book, that said I of course know the story having seen Ustinov, Suchet and Finney all mooch around the boat to differing extents and pounce on red herrings or red stoles to bring th
David Schaafsma
“That is why most great love stories are tragedies.”
― Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile is one of Christie’s most popular mysteries, also made into a popular movie with Peter Ustinov as the amusingly arrogant egg-head Belgian Poirot, who apparently never gets to take a real vaca, meeting murder in every boat and train on which he travels. This one is also one of Christie’s favorites, as she writes in an introduction to my edition. And the writing is a bit more polished and exu
mark monday
Dec 08, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Linnet Ridgeway was an extremely wealthy young woman who had everything she had ever wanted; everything everyone else would have liked – but she didn’t have love. So when she married Simon, who had been engaged to one of Linnet’s closest friends, there was a good deal of animosity. While on their honeymoon, they were on the S.S. Karnak, slowly cruising up the Nile River; stopping to view the pyramids and other exotic tourist destinations. They were accompanied by a varied group of people and amo ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot, #17), Agatha Christie
Death on the Nile is a book of detective fiction by British writer Agatha Christie, first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 1 November 1937. The book features the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The action takes place in Egypt, mostly on the Nile River. While on holiday in Cairo, Hercule Poirot is approached by successful socialite Linnet Doyle. She requests his help in deterring her friend Jacqueline de Bellefort from houn
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 4.5/5 stars.

This is my second time reading this infamous Christie novel. I have also seen a stage adaptation twice. However, despite my familiarity with this plot I seemed to have forgotten much of the compelling complications and conspiracies, and the captivating confusions and collusions, involved in this fascinating murder mystery. I found just as much to intrigue me, as during my first reading many years ago, even as the murderer was known to me and the central mystery already
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a really good one from Christie. It has all the ingredients of a great story. I wish they had done this plot as a film instead of the too-many-times filmed 'Murder on the Orient Express'.
Charles  van Buren
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the more popular Poirot mysteries

Curiously for a novel set in Egypt, there is really very little about Egypt in the story. Even more curious to me is that in a novel in which most of the action occurs on a steamer traveling up the Nile, there is very little about the ship or its crew. Neither the captain nor his officers make an appearance and in fact are never even mentioned. There is mention of and brief appearances by some stewards and an engineer. Ms. Christie also writes of a manager
Jun 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

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.
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dame Agatha Christie was an inimitable detective fiction writer and I, the non-mystery reader, was astounded by her gift for telling a thoroughly absorbing story. I finally met Hercule Poirot, her famous Belgian detective, and was equally impressed by this little man with the curly moustache and an extraordinary capacity for observation and problem-solving. I needed a palette cleanser from a couple of dark chocolaty books I was reading, and so I took a cruise on the Karnak to Egypt. On board was ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Only my second Poirot, and I might have to rethink how I'm choosing the ones I want to read. Which is to say, I shouldn't care that much about the setting, because Christie apparently did not do so either. It's really pretty much only about the case.

And the case, again, was great fun. The buildup however, because "case" of course also includes the characters and their relationships and motivations, the buildup took a bit too long for my liking. But when the crime had finally happened and Poirot
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2019-odyssey
Oops. Yeah, so 10 books later I notice that I didn't write a review.


Short and sweet: Has everything but the crocodile.
And I was a bit disappointed in that, but it was awesome.


I have champagne to drink; will review later.
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable reading with a complicated plot, but then, Christie’s mysteries seem to be like that, don’t they?
Bill Lynas
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who Knows Where The Time Goes ? That song by Fairport Convention came to mind when I began reading this wonderful Hercule Poirot novel. The last time I read Death on the Nile was way back in 1978 when I was just 14 years old. I remember it clearly because I had seen the film version (starring Peter Ustinov) at the cinema & it had prompted me to buy the book, which featured the actor as Poirot on the cover. (Kenneth Branagh's film version hits our cinema screen in 2020). I loved the novel & spent ...more
Jay Schutt
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, mystery
Oh, what a tangled web Ms. Christie weaved only to have Mr. Poirot on hand to clear it all away.
And then, a "bang" of an ending.
Masterfully done, but it took a while till all the suspects were arranged.
Now I need to watch the movie.
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ellen Read
Recommended to paulinereidbookreviewer by: Ellen Read
Shelves: mysteries, classics
Book Review by Pauline Reid 🕵🏼‍♀️ Death On The Nile by Agatha Christie
What This Book Is About
A murder is committed on a cruise down the Nile on a river steamer. Hercule Poirot as usual, is roped into the enquiries to investigate. Is it a pop from the wine bottle? or is it a pop from a gun? A splash is heard, the mystery thickens, it thickens and spreads like the coronavirus with more than one death. Then there was the case of the missing pearls ..... so who is saying their Hail Mary's, and
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