Friday, 6 September 2013

''Death on the Nile''- Book Review

Author: Agatha Christie
Published: 1937

Genres: Novel, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense 

Rating: 5 out of 5


The first chapter of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile is a bit confusing. A lot of characters are introduced. A lot of suspense is built up. And the first chapter contributed a great deal to the excellent development of suspense.

I really loved Agatha Christie's ''Death on the Nile''. Not only is it an excellent mystery, but it also has so much emotional intensity. The large cast of characters is so well developed, and the situation, suspense and mystery... oh well, so excellent! The book waits for a long time until the real crimes take place. Within that time, the characters and incidents are developed, they get deep... And that was absolutely necessary for the excellent depth found in the story.

Linnet Ridgeway is a famous, wealthy, beautiful woman. One day her friend Jacqueline de Bellefort comes to her and tells her that her boyfriend, Simon Doyle, is badly in need of a job. Linnet agrees to employ Simon, and within a short time, Linnet and Simon fall in love, and soon they get married. Jacqueline is furious because her best friend and her boyfriend betrayed her...

On their honeymoon, in Egypt, Linnet and Simon come across Jacqueline. It becomes apparent that Jacqueline is following them, to annoy them, to make them uncomfortable, to take revenge. Linnet and Simon decide that they have to get rid of this problem.

Linnet and Simon are traveling on the boat Karnak. Also present in the boat is the famous detective, Hercule Poirot. Linnet and Simon ask Poirot for his help. They ask him to talk to Jacqueline. He does so. Things get rather complicated with several situations... until one midnight, Linnet Doyle is shot dead...

Who could have shot Linnet? Apparently, Jacqueline didn't, because she had alibi. Who could have then murdered her? And from what motive? 

This time, Hercule Poirot is helped by Colonel Race, who is also traveling on the boat. 

Death on the Nile will certainly remain among my favorite Agatha Christie novels! I adored it... I loved it. I loved the way the characters were developed. I loved the way the suspense was developed. I really admired it's depth. I admired how, while Poirot investigates the murder, backgrounds of so many characters are revealed.  And the solution to the mystery was extremely, extremely satisfying as well. The setting was also really wonderful (most of the story is set on the boat, Karnak). I loved how each of the incidents were so cleverly constructed and solved. 

5 out of 5

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