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Death on the Nile

(Hercule Poirot Mysteries #17)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  104,387 ratings  ·  4,185 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
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Candi
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
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Brina
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
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James
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
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Dita
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!
Evgeny
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."
Nurse

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
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Mickey
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...
Stephen
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.
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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
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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 ...more
PorshaJo
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
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Luffy
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
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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
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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
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Adrian
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 the
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Brenda
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 ...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
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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
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Laure
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'.
3houd
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.
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
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Laysee
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
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 ...more
Leslie
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
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Kelly
What I liked best about this one was the kindness and insight of Poirot, I think. You don't often see that emphasized in detective stories. It's what I've liked best about him in some of the other stories, too. I don't love interpretations of him that focus on only his foppishness and fastidiousness without balancing it out with the wisdom the character is capable of. When done right, it's a great study in how people have multiple dimensions, and multiple worthwhile dimensions, and dismissing ...more
Piyangie
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 apprehend 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,
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Veronique
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5*

“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
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Erin
First published in 1937, Death on the Nile features my favorite (ok, only) Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot(#17) and Colonel Race(#3) who have to think fast to solve a slew of terrible crimes with no shortage of suspects.

Love is not everything. Mademoiselle," Poirot said gently. It is only when we are young that we think it is."

I think what I always enjoy about Agatha Christie 's main character is that the other characters might not exactly want HP around, but he quickly becomes one of
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Stephanie Anze
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
"'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
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Ariya
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
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 ...more
Denisse
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT! It is required real talent to make a case with infinite probabilities, constantly changing the motive to confuse the reader. In the end the truth was so conventional, yet it fit perfectly. Christie indeed a clever woman, just like her main character. I cannot use another word to describe what I've read of her.


"En mis tiempos, respetábamos la propiedad ajena."

Completamente adictiva, elegante y algo macabra, una novela de crimen bien planteada y ubicada. Cuando todo y todos importan,
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