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Death on the Nile

(Hercule Poirot #17)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  89,273 ratings  ·  3,196 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 1st 1937)
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Cavak I personally liked Poirot's multiple appeals for peace to Jacqueline, but the first time stuck with me. Do not open your heart to evil, indeed. It's a…moreI personally liked Poirot's multiple appeals for peace to Jacqueline, but the first time stuck with me. Do not open your heart to evil, indeed. It's a little preachy and trite, but it would have probably made all the difference in the world if she listened.(less)

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Jeffrey Keeten
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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”’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 might
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). Poirot
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
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
Jul 21, 2013 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...
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
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
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
Sooma Ahmad
جيده جدا ..
افضل مافيها شخصياتها المختلفه و المكان الي حصلت فيه الجريمه ..
توقعت من بدايه الجريمه القاتل 🙄
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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#LCMuerteEnElNilo Este libro ha conseguido sacarme del bloqueo lector. La verdad es que me ha gustado tanto que me lo he leído en tres noches xD.
Para empezar quiero decir que ya me estoy acostumbrando al estilo de Ágatha Christie y no me sentí tan perdida cuando comencé esta novela. Es cierto que habiendo tantos personajes me cuesta un poco seguir el hilo pero cada vez me cuesta menos.
Una de las cosas que me han sorprendido de esta novela es que ha sido más lenta que las demás que he leído. Norm
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'.
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
Jun 18, 2010 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.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أغاثا كريستي العبقريه
كنت اتوقع القاتل منذ البداية ولكن الاحداث كانت شيقه جدا
الاحداث غيرت مجري تفكيري وششكتني في توقعي للقاتل أكثر من مرة

ترتيب الاحداث اكثر من رائع .. جريمة قتل بتفاصيل دقيقه لا يقدر علي رؤيتها سوي المحقق الرائع هيركيول بوارو وخلاياه الرمادية الصغيره
تأخذنا هذه المره في رحلة رائعه في وادي النيل وتحديدا في اسوان مع الكثير من السياح يجمعهم مركب واحد كبير واحداث كثيرة مذهلة وممتعه جدا
Aside from a few awkward (racist) sayings this book is as fresh and topical today as it was when it was written in 1937. I am sure I read this in the past but its plot had faded away probably replaced in my mind shanty by the theme song to the New Zoo Review which for some reason I can't get out of my head.

At any rate this book begins as many of Ms. Christie's do, setting the stage by introducing us the the victims and suspects. We have a ridiculously rich young American girl living in her newly
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“That is why most great love stories are tragedies.”

Agatha Christie mentioned in her autobiography how she had only known four completely successful, happy, marriages, which sheds some light in the matter and the focus in this book. Death on the Nile is one of her best known stories and with reason. Once more, we are offered a compelling and puzzling crime mystery, but not just this. No, we are also thrown into an amazing setting - Egypt - in all its splendour, giving the readers two means
Mahdi Lotfi
در این داستان، پوآرو كه برای گذراندن تعطیلات به مصر سفر كرده، با زوجی آشنا میشود كه ماه عسل خود را در آنجا میگذرانند و معماهای داستانها از همينجا در ذهن شكل میگيرند. هر دو مرد با دهانی نیمهباز، چشمان ندید بدید خود را به دختری دوخته بودند که داشت جلو پستخانه از یک رولزرویس قرمز رنگ پیاده میشد. دختر، نرم و چابک، از اتومبیل بیرون آمد. کلاه بر سر نداشت و موهای طلاییاش به او جلوه خاصی میداد. پیراهنی بلند اندام ظریف و زیبایش را پوشانده بود. از حرکاتش معلوم بود دختر متکی به نفسی است. حضور چنین دختری، ب ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I can see why people don't appreciate the Nile much equally to other famous Christie's novels: The Oriental Express or And Then There We're None, still I love the way the story unfold itself. The crime is also humanly touching, practical and realistic. There's also the elements such as atmosphere, the journey to the Nile, and old-fashioned who-dun-it crime scene in the transitional place (boat, and reminding of the old day's the train express) which can be variously interpreted, for such, the pl ...more
Stephanie Anze
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"'What a lot of enemies you must make, Linnet,'
'Enemies?' Linnet looked surprised.
'Enemies, my sweet. You're so devastatingly efficient.'
Linnet laughed.
'Why, I haven't got an enemy in the world.'"

Linnet Ridgeway has it all: money, youth, fame and beauty. What she does not have, she finds a way to get and usually succeeds. When her friend Jaqueline de Belleforte asks Linnet to give her fiance, Simon Doyle, a job Linnet does. However, she takes it a step further and steals Doyle away from Jaquelin
Re-read 01.09.2017 From 3 to 4 stars.

The first book I read from Christie was The Big Four (1927), but starting from that was a huge mistake, because it's vastly different from the usual Poirots. Luckily, Death on the Nile was next in line, and it confirmed once and for all that my time wouldn't be misspent reading Christie, just like it wasn't misspent watching the television adaptations for a long time before I moved on to her books.

The plot of Death on the Nile is the only one I can remember
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.
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
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh ma che bello questo libro. Divertente e intrigante. Come al solito la Agatha ha fatto centro. Tanti personaggi che si intrecciano tra di loro. Per poi arrivare alla soluzione finale. E Poirot e le si battutine mi hanno proprio divertito. Bello e si, c’ero arrivata, ma non sapevo come. Anche se mi ha deviato molte volte, mettendo in dubbio tutto. Alla fine il nostro detective ha spiegato bene tutto. Ovvio e chissà perché non c’ho pensato. Eppure gli indizi me li ha dati propri tutti. Sotto l’o ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bu kitapla birlikte 2017 Reading Challenge'ımı tamamlamış oldum, buna seviniyorum ama en çok da kitapta, katili erkenden tahmin edebildiğime seviniyorum :) Bu okuduğum 2. Agatha Christie kitabıydı. Belki onun kurgularına çabuk adapte oldum, belki de bu kez şansım yaver gitti bilemiyorum; bunu ilerleyen zamanlarda daha net anlayabileceğim. Emin olduğum şey, Agatha okumaktan yine oldukça keyif aldığım.

Akıllıca bir kurguydu. Sürükleyiciydi de.
Tavsiye ediyorum.

Mutlu Noeller,
Sifat's Book Kingdom
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my second most favourite Agatha Christie story among all of her stories.

Linnet Doyle is youthful, excellent, and rich. She's the young lady who has everything—including the man her closest companion adores. Linnet and her new spouse take a voyage on the Nile, where they meet the splendid investigator Hercule Poirot.

“A man doesn't wasnt to feel that a woman cares more for him than he cares for her. He doesn't want to feel owned, body and soul. It's that damned possessive attitude. This ma
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many years since I've read an Agatha Christie mystery, you tend to forget what a great writer she was. This vintage mystery features the wonderful Hercule Poirot. Loved the exotic location, most of the action takes place on board a boat travelling down the Nile. The mystery component of the novel kept you guessing right up to the end which is always a big plus. Well drawn characters and an engaging plot, time and money well spent.
May 20, 2014 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!
Miquel Reina
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For me, Agatha Cristie is the most important author of thriller and crime novels. I love getting lost in her atmosphere full of mystery and sophistication in which each of the characters can be a hero 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 Christie's words.

Spanish version:
Para mi Agatha Cristie es el genio de
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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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“It often seems to me that's all detective work is, wiping out your false starts and beginning again."

"Yes, it is very true, that. And it is just what some people will not do. They conceive a certain theory, and everything has to fit into that theory. If one little fact will not fit it, they throw it aside. But it is always the facts that will not fit in that are significant.”
“A man doesn't want to feel that a woman cares more for him than he cares for her. He doesn't want to feel owned, body and soul. It's that damned possessive attitude. This man is mine---he belongs to me! He wants to get away --- to get free. He wants to own his woman; he doesn't want her to own him.(Simon Boyle)” 29 likes
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