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Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Updated on May 2, 2012
The Queen of Crime, Dame Agatha Christie.
The Queen of Crime, Dame Agatha Christie.

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Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

A Review

Agatha Christie is my all time favorite author, no one can beat her. Which is probably why she is still the best-selling mystery writer of all time. Every year when spring begins to turn to summer I pull out my tattered copy of Death on the Nile and settle myself in for one of the best told mystery stories of all time. The hot humid weather is very important to setting the ambiance for the book since it takes place in Egypt, and since I live in Massachusetts hot weather can be hard to come by, but I adjust.

Christie brings her readers back to the world of the 1920's when the rich and famous traveled the world at their leisure and the world was a much larger place. You feel as if you are there in Egypt watching the story's love triangle unfold. Hercule Poirot, Christie's masterful creation, is a world famous Belgian detective who is traveling on holiday when his path crosses with that of a jilted lover, a honeymoon couple, and a cast of characters that all seem to somehow fit into the puzzle that Christie has created.

For anyone who has never read an Agatha Christie mystery before I would normally tell them to start from the beginning of the Poirot novels with The Mysterious Affair at Styles, but this is a great book to start with if you have never experienced a Christie novel before. I have been reading Death on the Nile every summer since the beginning of college and have never been disappointed!

Death on the Nile is not a beach read, it will take you a little time to get through it, especially if your life is busy already. If that is the case I will do something I usually NEVER do and that is suggest watching the movie before reading the book. In most cases i have always found reading the boko first to be crucial but when it comes to Hercule Poirot there is one actor who has nailed it: David Suchet. David Suchet has been portraying Poirot for nearly 20 years and as an avid Agatha Christie reader I can honestly say that his take on the finicky Belgian would make Agatha Christie proud. The Poirot series is one of the most accurate representations of any work of fiction to my knowledge. Don't get me wrong, there are deviations from the original stories, but nothing that would offend even the most devoted Christie fan. If you read the book first and love it (which I know you will), you must watch the David Suchet version soon after.

It must be obvious by now that I would give both the novel and the David Suchet version a 5 out of 5. If you have never been much for mystery novels before, read this and you will soon change your mind!


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