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Book Review: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Death on the NileTitle: Death on the Nile
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Date: 2014 (1937)
Genre: Crime / Mystery
Summary: 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 this exotic setting’ nothing is ever quite what it seems…


Death on the Nile is one of those iconic titles and I was really looking forward to reading it but, honestly, I think it’s my least favourite Poirot novel so far. Due to that, this is actually going to be a fairly short review (a mini review, perhaps) because I just don’t have much to say.

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I’ll start with the plot. The first section acts as an introduction to the main characters before Poirot is introduced and, while I did like that, I feel like this is where it all went wrong for me because I guessed the outcome of the book just from that first section of the novel. It was so obvious to me. This isn’t the first time I’ve ever guessed what’s going to happen in a Christie book but it is the first time it ruined the book for me and that’s because I wasn’t invested in the crime. I only continued reading it for the sake of completion (in regards to my quest to read all of Christie’s mystery novels) and because I enjoy being right. I could have just skipped to the final chapters but I kept hoping that Christie would work her magic and throw in a couple of twists but they never materialised.

The characters are usually a big selling point for me with Christie’s novels because even if I find the plot a bit bland, the characters keep me entertained. I found these characters a bit bland and even Poirot fell a bit flat. I wish I could say that I loved one or two characters but I can’t.

Overall, this was a bit of a disaster for me. I do think that I would have enjoyed it more had I skipped the first section of the novel but it does contain vital character information so I probably wouldn’t have had a clue what was going on had I skipped it.

I’m not sure whether I’d recommend this specific book or not based on my own experience but I will recommend Christie’s Poirot novels in general because most of them are fantastic.

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