Death on the Nile

Another Agatha Christie novel, and once again a detective story that I enjoyed.  This is the third Hercule Poirot novel that I’ve read and I was pleasantly surprised to see that this one did not follow the same formula that the first two did.

Book Stats

333 pages

Mystery

Stand-alone

Characters

Hercule Poirot is once again the main character of this story, and he is much the same detective that he always is, patient, observant, and intelligent.  One thing I really enjoyed about this book that was different from the other books is that we follow several of the characters before the murder is committed.  This was really interesting as you get to see some of the possible character motivations before the crime, which does a better job of opening up the list of potential suspects.

Setting

Most of the book takes place on a ship on the Nile River, which again is a fitting setting because it’s a closed in place which doesn’t let any suspects get away.

Plot

We’re introduced to Linnet Ridgeway, a young girl who is attractive, has money, and several people who might want her dead.  This book takes a little longer than the other books by Christie that I’ve read to get into the mystery because it spends more time introducing us to the characters, which is a welcome change from some of the other books.

Enjoyment

The mystery in this book was fun and worked well for me, although the part that I really enjoyed was simply the characters.  The book is set in the early 20th century (the book doesn’t say a specific date, but it was published in 1938) and I loved all the characters.  There is a politeness to their actions that just doesn’t seem to be around today, and I found it quite refreshing.

Overall Grade

There was nothing overwhelming about this book, but it was well written and the characters were fun to read about.

7/10

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