It is not a surprise that I love crime fiction. Agatha Christie tops the list for delivering excellent mystery novels. I have read three of her books before and it is safe to say that this book has made its way to my recommended Christie books. Ever since I have watched the trailer of Death on the Nile, it has been on my radar to read this book before the movie comes out. I think it has become a pattern with me. I read Murder on the Orient Express around the same time last year because of the movie.
Linnet Ridgeway is rich, beautiful, intelligent, and can have anything she wants. Her friend Jacqueline is in constant awe of her and happily engaged to Simon Doyle. She introduces him to Linnet because of a job she thought would suit Simon. The twist begins when he marries Linnet instead.
Simon and Linnet seem like a happy couple. They decide to visit Egypt for their honeymoon.
Jackie is full of hatred, anger, and wants to seek vengeance. So, she follows them along wherever they go. Linnet is furious by this gesture. And, Jackie wants to kill her on the head. While traveling across the Nile, Linnet is found dead in her cabin on the boat.
Jackie and Linnet were in an incessant tiff from the beginning so she is the obvious suspect but she has an alibi. Who killed her then if not Jackie?
Poirot has retired and is on a holiday. And, guess where is he heading to? Egypt. Yes, the crime doesn’t stop chasing him. He is alert and pays attention to tiny details which are often missed by naked eyes. He reads the expression, body language very well and detects the false theories immediately. He never speaks until he is fully confident and always needs an audience. A well known snobbish celebrity.
I feel reading a murder mystery makes the reader a detective as well. I was completely engrossed in the book. Since the murder happened, I paid attention to the alibi of the people who had the motive to kill Linnet. Far from being predictable like other Christie’s books, this lived up to my expectations. I went on speculating about the whereabouts of the murderer but in vain. The more I guessed, the more I was wronged.
In the beginning, this book might feel very slow because of the introduction of the characters and their relationship with Linnet. If you bear with it for some time because this mystery gets better with every page. It is an amazing brainteaser, absolutely absorbing and perfect after a heavy on the head book. Your little grey cells won’t stop working until the very end. Recommended.
Do you read crime fiction? Have you read this one or watched the trailer? Have you read anything by Agatha Christie? If yes, do you have any favourites?
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