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Death on the Nile

(Hercule Poirot #17)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  151,649 ratings  ·  7,841 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 1929)
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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
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
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
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...
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book Review
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. ...more
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
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
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
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
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
Glenn Sumi
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been in a bit of a reading slump for much of 2021. Work, stress, catching up on Oscar movies, a deadly pandemic... ya know, the usual distractions.

But a couple of weeks ago, as I was watching the disturbing (and excellent) documentary Allen V. Farrow, Mia Farrow mentioned in an offhand way making this picture in the late 70s, an adaptation of the Agatha Christie mystery. I had heard of it, of course, but never seen it. Then I saw the e-Book pop up in my library app.

And wouldn't you know? A
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
Dave 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, {and in late 2020? Kenneth Branagh follows up with his Murder on the Orient Express with a remake of this one, too] 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
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
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
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“Love is not everything, Mademoiselle,’ Poirot said gently. ‘It is only when we are young that we think it is.”

Reading Christie’s books feels like a ticket to the past, you don’t read those stories because you live them. Whenever I read one of her books, I am just fascinated by literally everything. I love how the restrictions were less on writers when Agatha wrote so her books were as realistic as ever! She did not need to tame
3 to 3.5 stars

This was my second Poirot after Murder On The Orient Express a few years ago. Seems like that is the one everyone has read! I read that one because I was interested to read it before the new movie version came out. This time I was looking to try another Poirot, and saw that Branagh was doing another run as the detective in an upcoming cinematic version of Death on the Nile, so it was the perfect one to try next.

It was good, but not quite as good as Orient Express. I am kind of not
daph pink ♡

JUNE 2020- book 22

(I don't review her books, never could because honestly I will be bias because I love her. )

For all who don't know , I am in love with Agatha Christie ever since I started reading her books( 5 years ago) and I planned to read a book of her each month so that I don't run out of her books !
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
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s always fun to get back into the mind of Agatha Christie.
And what a meticulous and creative mind she has!

I haven’t had the chance to read Death on the Nile and I saw it would be a movie this year.
I thought, “I need to finally read this book before I watch the movie!”

Because as most of us bibliophiles now,
Book first then movie! This is the way. 🤣😂

I thought the mystery and details of the death of our main character, Linnet Ridgeway was well done.
I had a feeling it might go this way, but I wasn
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
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
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
Lucy Langford
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I did prefer “The murder on the Orient Express” hence the slightly lower rating. However, in true Christie style, she introduces a bunch of different characters, each with their own secrets and connections; The genius of Hercule Poirot; And many twists and turns and unravellings which are a marvel to read.

She always keeps me guessing as to the truth behind the crime and the characters, and it’s addictive to keep turning the pages to see what happens.
Cindy Rollins
2021 update: just finished the Kenneth Branagh audio. He did a great job on the voices. I believe this is the better audio. And his Poirot was indistinguishable from David Suchet’s Poirot movie voice.

Just finished the David Suchet audio. Perfect book for audio.

Next I will read the print version for The Literary Life Podcast episodes.

No spoilers!
Don't take my review too seriously because I had the worst reading experience ever with Death on the Nile.

My biggest mistake was to get the audiobook for this one, because the narrator did a terrible job and, at times, it felt like he was speaking Greek. I was completely lost, didn't know the names of any of the secondary characters, the murder only happens halfway into the book and I was totally bored.

I'll just wait until the movie comes out so I can understand what really happened.
This is undoubtedly a good murder-mystery story with a complex plot. And here Poirot's brilliant analytical mind comprehends the mystery without positive proof and apprehends the criminals who would have easily escaped punishment. But Poirot's verdict is his own which always shows his consideration for human feelings.

There is quality in the story (although thematically repetitive). And there are many twists and turns which keep the reader guessing as to who committed the crime and how. However,
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
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
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