What’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…
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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No of pages: 384