A cruise on the Nile across the desert. Days spent seeing the sights. Nights spent swapping stories, enjoying fine food and drink with your fellow travelers lulled by the gentle waves. What could be more romantic? But this pleasant interlude is rudely interrupted by murder. Lucky for us
Hercule Poirot is at hand to solve it. Death on the Nile is another Agatha Christie mystery in an exotic location where the culprit doesn’t have much room to escape.
Linnet Ridgeway has it all – an obscene amount of money and radiant beauty. As someone in the village says, its not fair that she has both money and beauty. She ought to have been ugly! Linnet breaks the girl code when she snatches fiancé Simon Doyle away from her best friend Jackie who is penniless. Hercule Poirot comes across Simon and Linnet when they are honeymooning in Egypt. The Doyles bump into Jackie, appearently accidentally. When Poirot learns that Jackie has been stalking Linnet and her husband, he implores her to leave them alone.
The Doyles employ evasive tactics and book passage on a Nile cruise on the Karnak. Poirot is on the same cruise. There is a motley crew of Americans and Europeans on the boat and Jackie turns up again like a bad penny. An attempt is made on Linnet’s life and Jackie is implicated. The next day, Linnet is found dead and there are plenty of clues pointing to Jackie as the murderer.
Colonel Race, an old ally of Poirot is also on board and he is on track of a known murderer. Poirot must race against time to find the killer, who could strike again. As Hercule Poirot eliminates suspects, a nasty truth emerges. Some of the people do have malicious intent, but was it enough to murder a young girl?
You can apply your little grey cells to your heart’s content, but I doubt you will be able to guess who is the culprit here. This is one classic plot which I am sure must have been used in many contemporary novels. Death on the Nile is one of Poirot’s more interesting cases, and is a must read for Agatha Christie fans. I recently reviewed Cairo Caper which has a similar setting – a Nile cruise – proof positive that Death on the Nile will retain its glory for time immemorial.