“Death on the Nile,” by Agatha Christie will take readers on a ride as twisting and unpredictable as the mighty river itself.
The scene is an exotic Egyptian cruise, filled with men and women from around the world. Much of this novel’s captivating power stems from the characters themselves.
There are writers and lovers, lawyers and aristocrats, archaeologists and sightseers. Each character, from Linnet Doyle — the center of action — to Fleetwood, an engineer present in only a handful of scenes, is so realistic and so shockingly human that any one of them could easily spring to life.
Great detective Hercule Poirot is in their midst, as is a devoted newlywed couple. From the start, though, something is wrong. Suppressed anger and jealousy, linked with an unhappy past, taint a seemingly perfect honeymoon. The drama quickens and thickens, resulting ere long in the greatest calamity of them all: murder.
The wealthy heiress and bride, beautiful Linnet Doyle, is dead. With the criminal still on the loose, the task once again falls to Poirot to sort out a deceptively simple mystery. Around every corner is a new surprise, and most of them are unpleasant.