Book Review: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

death-on-the-nileWhat’s it about?

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…


My thoughts

This is one of my favourite Poirot movie mysteries and so you might wonder why I’d read the book after the seeing the tv movie so many times, well I guess it was a kind of test to myself, to see if I could spot the clues along the way and work out how it was done but with the addition of a little hindsight if you like.  Well, if I hadn’t have seen the movie previously, I never would have worked it out, the clues are very subtle! It would seem I’m pretty rubbish at working out the murderers.

As I’ve come to expect from a Christie novel, there are plenty of red herrings and drama in this book, which is essentially a locked room mystery given that there’s not an infinite number of suspects.  It moves at a good pace although there’s a lot more build up in the first half of the book which leaves the remainder to solve “the rest”.  It’s obviously very of its time, quintessentially British and behind the times but regular Christie readers will know that’s what her books were like.

There are some differences between the book and the tv adaptation with Peter Ustinov and Simon MacCorkindale that I love to watch every time its on with some significant character changes but for the most part the plots are the same.  However, I did prefer the ending that featured in this movie.

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Source: Gift
No of pages: 384
Publisher: Harper

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  1. 10th January 2017 / 10:15 am

    The film adaption with Peter Ustinov is my all time favourite Agatha Christie movie. Fantastic cast. I have read the book but over 20 years ago now so can’t remember the differences in it. x

    • 10th January 2017 / 8:16 pm

      It does just have the best cast doesn’t it? I had a major crush on Simon MacCorkindale and was gutted to discover he’d died a few years ago.

    • 26th January 2017 / 7:15 pm

      I agree Sarah, that film was my first Agatha Christie. In fact, I think it was my first mystery altogether. There were some differences, but after reading the book and re-watching the film, I think they did an excellent job keeping the film true to the original feeling of the book. Lindsay, thanks for the wonderful review. 🙂

      • 28th January 2017 / 7:55 pm

        Thank you! It is a very good adaptation. I’ve seen many of the others but not read all the corresponding books yet 😉

  2. 10th January 2017 / 5:32 pm

    I LOVE this one! Definitely one of Christie’s finest 🙂

  3. 15th January 2017 / 1:26 pm

    Interesting to read the book with hindsight. Might have to try that myself. Death on the Nile was a great film and the clues were always well hidden in Agatha Christie 🙂

    • 22nd January 2017 / 4:19 pm

      It was and I do have a few other Christie books on the TBR that I’ve seen the TV adaptations of – so looking forward to those too 🙂

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