Death on the Nile is a classic Agatha Christie mystery featuring her detective Hurcule Poirot. In this story Linnett Ridgeway is killed on her honeymoon on a trip to the Nile with her new husband Simon. Jackie, her former best friend who introduced Linnett to Simon when they were engaged only to find her friend sweep her fiancé away, is an immediate suspect, but Poirot is convinced that it couldn’t be Jackie. That leads Poirot to delve into a host of other suspects in the case.
Although not a great mystery, the novel was certainly engaging. Christie did a good job of laying out facts and suspects. The clues and motivation behind who the killer turned out could have been done better in a more believable fashion. The writing is solid but there is a good bit of pretension and lack of realism with many of the characters. The novel is more entertaining than engrossing, a decent way to pass the time.
Carl Alves – author of Blood Street