Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Length: 333 pgs.
Genre: Fiction, Classics, Mystery, Detective
My Rating: 4 Stars
A wealthy, beautiful heiress.
Her good friend.
The friend’s fiancé.
A surprise love twist.
A boat trip on the Nile.
Quite the set up before a death by murder takes place. Death on the Nile is only the second Christie novel I’ve read; and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The story is well-paced. With the murder occurring later in the novel, Christie set the mood giving more time for the characters and the plot to develop. The reader really gets a chance to get to know the characters, see their surface sides but also begin to get glimpses into what lay below the surface.
The mystery was very well written with excellent use of red herrings that could throw the reader off. I chuckled at one point when Poirot was trying to explain the potential way things happened to Colonel Race and Colonel Race said:
“‘No…I don’t see it. Mind, I’ve got a faint idea what you’re driving at, but as far as I can see, it doesn’t work.’” (p. 259)
I was shaking my head saying, yep…I’m with you Colonel Race. I don’t quite see it either. What did the nail polish have to do with anything? And what about this……and what about that……
A good mystery, well-written characters, and a great set-up, this book was cleverly crafted. I felt that Christie did a good job at writing a compelling storyline that keeps you reading. There’s intrigue, betrayal, deception….all which make for not only a juicy story, but a good mystery set-up.