Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile

Audiobook CD - 2005
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Aboard a Nile steamer, Hercule Poirot meets Linnet Doyle, a woman who appears to have everything: youth, beauty, wealth, and a loving husband. But the husband was stolen from her friend Jacqueline de Bellefort, who has been haunting the newlyweds path, showing up to wreak havoc in their plans. They have secretly booked passage on the steamer to escape, but still, tragedy strikes: Linnet is shot through the head. As the complications multiply, Poirot and his little grey cells are faced with nothing but airtight alibis.
Publisher: Auburn, CA : Audio Partners Pub. Corp., [p2005]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780007191154
9781572704756
1572704756
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (8 hrs., 32 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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Yavin
Dec 13, 2017

A good mystery, my first Agatha Christie. A bit slow at first, and the time period is a bit for me, but the solving of the murder is interesting and everything that seems like filler has a point. Worth at least one read.

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dritta
Jul 17, 2012

Fun mystery, but nothing particularly amazing. But nice, and with limited crassness.

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danielestes
Mar 16, 2012

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.

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