How true is the saying that man was forced to invent work in order to escape the strain of having to think.Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
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…
I think it’s about time I talked about one of my real favorites of Christie, and that is definitely “Death on the Nile”.
Most mysteries tend to start with the murder, CSI style: a dead body is found, clues are gathered, etc. But that’s not the case with this book. Here, Christie takes the time to introduce all her characters first so you get to really know the victim. And what is amazing and gripping about this is that you know the murder’s coming but you don’t know when.
Detective Hercule Poirot is on holiday in Egypt when he is approached by a worried rich socialite Linnet Ridgeway asking for his help in dissuading her best friend Jacqueline de Bellefort from stalking her. The stalking happens because Linnet had allegedly stolen Simon Doyle from his former fiancée, Jacqueline. A few days after speaking to the detective, Linnet is found shot through the head in her cabin and what started as a holiday turns into another day at work for Poirot.
One of the things I love about her work is that Christie introduces many different characters, each one with some kind of motive to commit murder. She lets us into the minds of each of these characters, but only for a brief instant, just a tease of information, leaving the reader wanting more.
Another thing that made this read so much fun is that nearly every character is involved in a mystery of some kind. Most mystery writers try to connect every detail to the main plot, but in this book Christie introduces all kinds of clues that end up having nothing to do with the murder. Poirot has to figure out the secrets of every passenger before he can figure out who did it. And the amazing thing is that the same clues are given to both the detective and the reader so you get to try to figure it out on your own. And I’m thrilled to say that this was her first mystery which I was able to solve.
I also loved the setting of the story being a cruise on the Nile. Agatha Christie drew inspiration for this novel from her travels in Egypt, picking up geographically and historical details throughout her time there.
Although this book was written a long time ago, Agatha Christie is definitely a writer who deserves to be remembered and her books still awe people to this day.