Sunday, November 21, 2021

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

💜 Linnet Ridgeway possesses everything a girl wants most in the world: she is a wealthy heiress and very beautiful - she always gets all she wants.

💜 Her best friend Jacqueline de Bellefort, on the other hand, is neither rich nor beautiful. But she's happier than Linnet could ever be, because she's (too much) in love with her fiancé Simon Doyle. Therefore, when Linnet snatches Simon from his fiancé and becomes Mrs. Doyle, Jaqueline gets resentful.

💜 On a trip to Egypt, Hercule Poirot meets newlywed Mr & Mrs. Doyle, who are on their honeymoon, with the bitterly jealous Jacqueline stalking the couple as her way of revenge.

💜 Then on that terrible night on board the steamer from Waldi Halfa, strings of incidents happened. Jaqueline quarrelled with Simon, which ended with the girl shooting Simon, wounding his leg. The morning after, Linnet was found dead in her cabin, shot into her head in her sleep, while her pearls were missing.

💜 The question is, whodunnit? Is it the easiest guest, Jacqueline; or Linnet's trustee who have most probably squandered her money? Can it be one of the passengers whose father had been ruined by Linnet's father, or the usual suspect, the husband?

💜 I know that this novel is one of readers' favorites, but I found it a bit unsettling, when the ending is concerned. In some conversations (within this particular book or others), Poirot states that a murderer is a criminal, whatever is his/her motive. However, his action towards some murderers are sometimes inconsistent, especially when he particularly likes them. I found it unsettling - like Poirot is playing God.

💜 The case itself isn't too bad. A murderer within a bunch of strangers in a holiday trip is always promising, though in this case I had my suspicion due to the over melodramatic of one of the incidents. Nice, packed with actions, but not really exciting.


  1. You're ahead of me now. I'm stuck on a Mary Westmacott novel that I'm not finding very interesting. Can't wait to get back to the mysteries. I think my next one is Murder At the Vicarage. Yay!

    1. That's because I skip the non-mysteries and short stories collections. My focus is only on Christie's novels, which I find most interesting (I'm no fan of romances, and I'm not very good in reading short stories...) :)
      Good luck and have fun at the vicarage! Oops... :))


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