Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot Series)

Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot Series)

by Agatha Christie

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Soon to be a Major Motion Picture from Twentieth Century Fox

Following the success of Murder on the Orient Express directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, Twentieth Century Fox will next adapt this classic Hercule Poirot mystery for the big screen.

Beloved detective Hercule Poirot embarks on a journey to Egypt in one of Agatha Christie’s most famous mysteries, Death on the Nile.

The tranquility of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything . . . until she lost her life.

Hercule Poirot recalled 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061760174
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/05/2005
Series: Hercule Poirot Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 2,807
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


Home schooling

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Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot Series) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 133 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story has always been a favorite of mine. This edition is terrible. Missing words, misspelled words, missing letters, missing sentences, parts of sentences in the wrong place. It's like Agatha Christie initially dictated the story to a monkey who was under the influence of crystal meth, someone got a copy of that version & decided to use it for the Nook edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This mystery is one of her most popular books. It feels like a romantic bit of history due to the era (mid 1930's), and it feels relevant to today, because human nature remains, essentially, the same. As one reader noted, the editing is appalling. It has been terrible in all these $.99cent books. The layout is so bad that, often, different dialogue from 2 different characters will be crammed together in one paragraph or section. This can be both frustrating and, at times, puzzling. It takes rereading a section in order for the dialogue to make sense. At other times, the dialogue will jump ahead a page. Also, these cheap editions are missing the character summations found in the beginning of many of the paperbacks. Lots of crime scene diagrams are missing, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic ruined by poor publishing throughout. Don't buy because dialogue, grammar, everything is a disgrace to the writings of this distinguished author.
john_howard_reid More than 1 year ago
Next to "And Then There Were None", this is my favorite Agatha Christie thriller. This one was first published way back in 1937, and it has everything you would expect from the mistress of suspense: An ingenious plot, way-out but still believable characters and a setting that is as thrilling and adventurous as the exotic land of Egypt itself. Needless to say, Hercule Poirot (whom I much prefer to Miss Marple) is in fine form throughout.
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Anonymous 14 days ago
Fantastic story! Unlike many of the reviews, I was so into the story I did not realize any of the errors mentioned. Overall it was an excellent and addictive read. An absolute must read from Agatha Christie. Looking forward to reading many more of her books!
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Cecrow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's been some twenty years since I last read Agatha Christie, but unlike some authors I've returned to after all that time, she's as good as I remember. I thought I had the whodunnit figured out well in advance in this case, but I was pleased to discover I'd fallen for an artful red herring. Mystery isn't typically my genre, but for Hercule Poirot I'll make exception. Not much setting here (compared to the detailed descriptions of Egypt I recently read in "Memoirs of Cleopatra" for example) so I think she might have made more of the exotic locale, but I love the early twentieth century period of her novels and the coy dialogue. Think I'll check out one of the many movie versions now when I've the chance.
MusicMom41 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd appearance of Colonel Race and although he has more to do in this case he really only appears because someone ¿official¿ has to be aboard to allow Poirot the authority to solve the mystery. Race is in the area working on a case of his own so he joins the tour group to aid Poirot. I enjoyed this book even though I figured out the solution to both of the cases early on. There were a couple of minor surprises at the end, though, about other characters. I am always surprised at how much I like Agatha Christie novels¿they are usually easy and fast reads but while I¿m reading them I don¿t want to stop until it¿s over¿even when I know ¿whodunit.¿ She really had a knack for hooking the reader!
mauveberry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had listened to an adapted audio version of Death on the Nile before, so I knew who had committed the main murder. However, I still enjoyed all the side stories and the character development. Besides the murders, there were also the mysteries of a stolen pearl necklace and a wanted criminal in disguise on the ship.
davidabrams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Best Damn Agatha Christie Novel PeriodWith what I'm about to say, I feel like I'm walking out onto an empty stage, stepping up to a microphone, and facing a thousand pairs of dubious eyes. The lights are hot, there's sweat on my forehead, and I can hear a somewhat hostile murmur rippling through the crowd. I tap the mic a couple of times¿"Is this on?"¿cough nervously, then announce in the boldest voice I can summon¿"Ladies and gentlemen, Death on the Nile is the best novel Agatha Christie ever wrote."Then I step back, arms held defensively in front of my body as I wait for the pummeling storm of rotten tomatoes.This is not just some stunt to get you to listen to me. I sincerely believe Agatha's 1937 novel stands head and shoulders above the rest of her canon. Yes, it's better than Murder on the Orient Express, superior to And Then There Were None and greater than The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. However, I don't blame any of you for maintaining your equally passionate opinion that one of those (or any of her other 80 novels) is the best mystery. The Church of Agatha Christie is large enough for readers of many beliefs to live in harmony.Like a delta on the titular river, Death on the Nile is where all the tributaries of what we love about Agatha Christie come together. In these 350 pages, plot, character, pacing, and literary style converge into one energetically satisfying murder mystery. You want an "impossible" murder? You got it. You want an international cast of suspects who all seem to have reliable alibis? You got that, too. You want an exotic locale? Coming right up. You want a romantic subplot that raises a lump of happiness in your throat when deserving couples finally pair up at the climax? Yep, that's here, too.By the time Death on the Nile was released, Agatha had been publishing books for seventeen years and she had perfected her formula to as fine a point as the waxed tip of Hercule Poirot's mustache. She had delivered into our hands ingenious crimes carried out in the trickiest manner possible and set in challenging locales¿aboard a train (Murder on the Orient Express), in a snowstorm (Murder at Hazelmoor), during a bridge game (Cards on the Table), on an airplane (Death in the Air) and at a remote archeological dig (Murder in Mesopotamia).As good as those novels were, however, they were just prelude for the symphonic masterpiece. Agatha took the best of everything which had worked so well in all of her previous novels and crafted a murder scheme so fantastic and absolutely perfect that the solution of the murder, when it's finally revealed by Poirot to the other stunned passengers of the Karnak, still takes my breath away¿even after reading the book twice and seeing the 1978 movie at least four times.I realize I have to hold my passion for this book in check, lest I let slip a spoiler for those who haven't read Death on the Nile. Let me just say this, then I'll move on: the complicated murder scheme is a psychological triumph on Agatha's part; here, more than any other novel, she delves far beneath the skin of her characters to give us a story where crime and motive fit like puzzle pieces.The plot of Death on the Nile, when stripped down to the bone, goes like this:1. Linnet Ridgeway and Jacqueline de Bellefort are good friends.2. Linnet is rich and beautiful; Jackie is solidly middle-class and less dazzling.3. Jackie has just been engaged to Simon Doyle and she brings him to meet Linnet.4. It's love at first sight for Linnet and Simon.5. They marry.6. The jilted lover, Jackie, vows to make their life miserable.7. Jackie stalks Simon and Linnet on their honeymoon cruise in Egypt.8. In a fit of passion one night, Jackie fires a pistol at Simon, and he clutches his leg in agony.9. That same night, as everyone is busy tending to Simon and Jackie, Linnet is murdered.10. While
Bookmarque on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Spoiler - look out!I think because of the day and age in which I live, I figured out the plot pretty much as soon as the element of Linnet stealing Jacqueline¿s man from her fell into place. Given what Poirot saw in the restaurant, it had to be true that they were in love and going to scam Linnet out of as much as they could. The motive is still a bit weak, but it was very obvious from the start.Despite that, it was enjoyable to read. Christie conveys the genteel atmosphere of her time and place so well that I am jealous that I cannot experience it. It is also a joy to read about Poirot¿s methods of detection. He¿s so smooth and so arrogant, but humble when it suits him. The unraveling comes slowly, but picks up speed once he has the solution and sets things in motion so that those responsible `out¿ themselves and have to answer for their crimes. Nicely done as usual.
Daniel.Estes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What constantly surprises me about reading Agatha Christie (apart from solving the mystery) is how the most important clues seem to absent-mindedly stick in my head even though there's misdirection everywhere else. Death on the Nile is involved. There are stories within stories, all overlapping one another, and I wasn't able to keep track of it all on the first read. The book itself seems to acknowledge this complexity by resolving the separate accounts one at a time at the story's finale. And when it came time to reveal the murderer... alas, all the clues were right there the whole time and it made perfect sense!The location of Egypt and the Nile is intended to represent an exotic, away-from-civilization locale, which mostly succeeds. Egypt during this period might very well be a vast track of empty desert with local merchants scattered throughout because that's how it's portrayed in the book and not much more.And as always, Poirot is the grand-master of human observation, with just the right touch of conceit, which makes him a pleasure to read.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wealthy young newlywed is murdered on a honeymoon cruise on the Nile. Did her killer really believe he or she could get away with murder with Hercule Poirot as a fellow passenger?This is at least the second time I've listened to the audio version of the book. I've read it at least once, and I've seen a couple of television/film adaptations. Since I knew from the beginning who the murderer was and how the murder was carried out, I was able to pay close attention to Christie's plotting of the crime. She knew exactly where she was going with the story, and she carefully laid out the clues to the crime as well as quite a few red herrings, yet does it so naturally that even careful readers will miss many of them the first time through. Many writers try and fail to do what seems almost effortless for Christie.David Suchet is the perfect reader for a Poirot mystery. He's played Poirot on television for so long that his voice is what I hear mentally when I read a Poirot novel. Poirot sounds like Poirot, and, equally important, the other characters don't!
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lovely mystery with all the suspects isolated on a ship "barging down the Nile." Interesting look at British society of a certain time and circumstance. Christie knows her characters, and draws them with a fine pen, and occasionally a fine needle. A young heiress is murdered on her honeymoon after making enemies of nearly everyone she meets.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The scene is carefully set in DEATH ON THE NILE. We first of all meet Linnet Ridgeway, heiress, friend to Jacqueline de Bellefort. The latter has recently fallen in love with the handsome Simon Doyle. It very much looks as if Linnet Ridgeway will marry Lord Windlesham.Hercle Poirot is again dabbling in retirement, a man of leisure, with enough funds to travel. He is contemplating a trip to Egypt to escape a grey English winter.In the next few pages the reader is introduced to the people who will be joining Hercule Poirot on his Nile cruise, and we learn, time having elapsed, that Linnet Ridgeway has recently married. As the blurb warns us, she has a number of enemies, and that makes her death inevitable. The novel is spent working out who the murderer is. Among the candidates is the person who has been stalking Linnet and her husband ever since they married.Hercule Poirot is assisted in this task by Colonel Race who is looking for an arch criminal but has no further information about his identity. Between them they work methodically through the candidates.It is obvious that Christie based the setting of the novel on her own travels in Egypt and on the Nile, although, as a blogger recently commented, the journey is now a bit different to what it was in the 1930s.I found myself wishing that the edition of DEATH ON THE NILE that I read had had a diagram of the layout of the Steamer Karnak on which they were travelling. The layout of the cabins seemed important in working out who had the opportunity to commit the murder. It was clear that Christie had a clear vision of the tour boat herself.As in many other Poirot novels, the Belgian's fondness for romance comes to the surface, and he does his best to foster romantic feelings of some of the young people in the novel, even to the point of tweaking the outcome of one of the minor crimes, something of which Colonel Race found it hard to approve.Colonel Race plays the role of Poirot's sounding board and confidante. This is the role often played by Captain Hastings, or by one of the women with whom Poirot strikes up a friendship. But even then Poirot finds it difficult to explain to Race where his little grey cells are leading him, and his final explanations come as a surprise to Race.
bridgetmarkwood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my Christie favorites. Love the adventure of the setting and, of course, the perfect mystery.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What can you say about Agatha Christie? It's a winner, of course. There's a nice twist at the end of this, and Poirot says something rather interesting -- "love stories always end in tragedy". And I love the BBC audio productions.
Diccon.Bewes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Is this the best Agatha Christie ever? I think so, even with Poirot instead of Marple. Great plot, great characters, great location.