EXCERPT: Joanna picked up a string of pearls from the dressing table. ‘I suppose these are real, aren’t they, Linnet?’
‘I know it’s ‘of course’ to you, my sweet, but it wouldn’t be to most people. Heavily cultured or even Woolworth! Darling, they really are incredible, so exquisitely matched. They must be worth the most fabulous sum!’
‘Rather vulgar, you think?’
‘No, not at all – just pure beauty. What are they worth?’
‘About fifty thousand.’
‘What a lovely lot of money! Aren’t you afraid of having them stolen?’
‘No, I always wear them – and anyway they’re insured.’
‘Let me wear them till dinner time, will you, darling? It would give me such a thrill.’
Linnet laughed. ‘Of course, if you like.’
‘You know, Linnet, I really do envy you…..’
ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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: Classic Christie! This filled in a wet and stormy autumn afternoon for me, curled up on the couch with the cat and a pot of tea.
This is a wonderful plot! It is full of envy, betrayals and lies, complications and confusion. There are, as always, a plethora of plausible suspects. And the setting, a boat on the river Nile, is a variation on the ‘locked room’ mystery.
Linnet Ridgeway, being young, beautiful and extremely wealthy, naturally has enemies, some obvious, some not so obvious. She exhibits a huge sense of entitlement. She is not the nicest person on the planet. But does she deserve what happens to her? I am tempted to say ‘yes’, but….I will leave you to make your own decision about that.
The characters are mostly spoiled, bored, wealthy and grasping, seething with resentments, both real and imagined.
Linnet’s death is merely the first . . . of many.
The denouement is shocking and tragic.
THE AUTHOR: Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE was an English writer known for her sixty-six detective novels and fourteen short story collections, particularly those revolving around fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. (Wikipedia)
DISCLOSURE: I have a collection of Agatha Christie paperbacks that I have picked up over the years from second hand bookstores, charity shops and garage sales. I can’t remember quite where this copy came from, but it was well read before it came to me, and I have also read it several times. This particular copy of Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie was published by Bantam Books in 1978. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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