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Death on the Nile

Agatha Christie ê 4 review

The tranuillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head She was young s ”’What a lot of enemies you must make Linnet’‘Enemies’ Linnet looked surprisedJoanna nodded and helped herself to a cigarette‘Enemies my sweet You’re so devastatingly efficient And you’re so frightfully good at doing the right thing’Linnet laughed‘Why I haven’t got an enemy in the world’” Linnet Doyle is on her honeymoon in Egypt with the husband she recently stole from one of her best friends Not only is Linnet filthy rich but also gorgeous sophisticated and charming Some might say a nearly perfect human being except for stealing Jacueline de Bellefort’s man Not only was Simon the most amazing thing that had ever happened to Jacueline but she was also socially on the other side of the tracks from Linnet Once Linnet showed interest Simon had no chance and Jacueline was jilted Linnet like Jolene from the Dolly Parton song could have any man ”Jolene Jolene Jolene JoleneI'm begging of you please don't take my manJolene Jolene Jolene JolenePlease don't take him just because you canYour beauty is beyond compareWith flaming locks of auburn hairWith ivory skin and eyes of emerald greenYour smile is like a breath of springYour voice is soft like summer rainAnd I cannot compete with you Jolene” I’ve got to be frank here this was a bitch move This is not a case of love at first sight where they were moved by high passions or soul mates finally finding each other It almost seems like Jacueline has vetted this guy and she really likes him so he will do nicely as a husband Stealing a woman’s man practically off the church altar will create a mortal enemy a soul deep enemy Jacueline follows them to Egypt on their honeymoon and makes sure that she turns up in their path showing her stricken face as often as possible As revenge goes it is pretty good and certainly proves unnerving to the “loving” couple Is it any great surprise that Linnet ends up murdered on the boat on the Nile and Jacueline is the number one suspect The open and shut case becomes uite complicated because there is one man on the boat who weighs all the evidence and sifts all the minutia to find the sands of truth Hercule Poirot knows what he likes and what he does not He has impeccable manners even when he is accusing someone ofmurder If people conducted their business in the Poirot manner it would be a much less chaotic world ”But to succeed in life every detail should be arranged well beforehand”Of course murder finds him wherever he goes like an ancient curse One of the passengers Tim Allerton makes a very rash statement regarding my favorite Belgian detective ”’Perhaps the truth will be known before then’‘Why should it be’‘Monsieur Poirot may find out’‘That old mountebank He won’t find out anything He’s all talk and moustaches’”Blasphemy His moustaches would tie your moustaches if you dared to grow them into knots Mr AllertonMr Allerton has a few secrets of his own which the “old mountebank” will ferret out in his spare time while trying to solve a murder or two or threeI won’t talk any about the plot I don’t want anyone getting their knickers in a twist or their boxers in a bunch over whether I have revealed too much So I will talk about something that Agatha Christie does which is so enjoyable She usually makes references to other cases in other books which either makes me gleeful because I fully recognize the reference or makes me slightly pensive like a schoolboy called on with no answer to give Either way she makes me think about other books she has written which is a brilliant way to make me read of her books She makes references to The Mystery of the Blue Train Murder in Mesopotamia and Cards on the Table but my favorite was”’Once on the Orient Express I investigated a murder There was a little matter of a scarlet kimono It had disappeared and yet it must be on the train I found it where do you think In my own locked suitcase Ah It was an impertinence that’” The cast of Murder on the Orient ExpressA few weeks ago I had the distinct pleasure of going to see the latest version of Murder on the Orient Express starring Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot on the big screen in the theater It was amazing The scenery is so lovely the snow the mountains the train The cast is a list of Hollywood icons who deliver superb performances Branagh’s crisp blue eyes looked like infinity pools I came out of that movie thinking everyone used to dress so NICE Why don’t I dress like that with such care now So when Poirot mentions the scarlet kimono which makes an appearance in the new film I felt a wave of nostalgia for a movie I had just watched a few weeks ago Of course I’ve had a long relationship with the story going back decades Interesting enough and why I decided to read Death on the Nile as my next Poirot they tease us with mentioning it at the end of Murder on the Orient Express intimating that if this movie does 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Like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger' Yet in this exotic setting nothing is ever uite what it seem Hopefully I am not committing any heretical thoughtcrime here but am I the only one who thinks Hercule Poirot comes across as a bit of a doucheapotamus Between the accent the arrogance and the jabbing his butt into everyone’s business he reminded of a cross between nosey neighbor Gladys Kravitz and everyone's favorite rapist Pepe Le Pew Now before you get the cheese grater and the lemon juice out for me let me say that this is my first Agatha Christie novel and my first experience with Monsieur Poirot I have no idea whether I started with the wrong book or whether my initial impression of HP will soften as I read At times he was just fine but there were moments when he was so full of himself that I wanted to tie him down and beat him with his own ego Prime example At one point he is heard to remark and I uote “ And since I am in the habit of always being right” which led to me responding “And are you also in the habit of always being pompous asstard” The “my poop stinketh not” attitude was just a bit too much for me Still I enjoyed the book and plan to read of Christie's mysteries I thought the pacing was good and AC’s writing was terrific I loved the characters except for the aforementioned Toolbag Macdouchenator and thought the mystery was terrific As the title advertises the story deals with a series of murders occurring on a Nile River cruise originating in Egypt There is an excellent set up to the mystery and then once the killing begins the clues come fast and furious I thought it was smart interesting and engaging I did suspect the final answer to the “whoduntheshit” well before the first murder had occurred but that was just a lucky guess on my part and I don’t think it indicates that the mystery was flawed I was still engaged until the very end because I had no idea that my suspicions were correct Of course when the solution was finally revealed I did proceed to pat myself on the back and a gave myself a couple of well donesOverall I had a lot of fun reading this I am sorry it took me so long to come to Agatha Christie’s work and I definitely plan to continue I highly recommend this for mystery fans or people just looking for a well written diversion when their knackered from the crap filled drama of the everyday grind 35 stars

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Tylish and beautiful a girl who had everything until she lost her life Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger 'I'd It is 1937 and Cairo is still considered a jewel of a city to rival Paris The rich and famous flock there to enjoy her night life and cruise the Nile to see the pyramids Such is the backdrop for Dame Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile starring Hercule Poirot As in many of Poirot's cases this mystery features a young heiress multiple motives for murder and criminals traveling under assumed names All these facets add up to a fun page turning whodunit Upon turning twenty one Linnet Ridgeway stands to inherit her father's fortune Meanwhile her best childhood friend Jacueline de Belleforte has come upon hard times during the worldwide depression Her fiancé Simon Doyle is out of work and the couple seek out Ridgeway in hopes that she is able to assist one or both of them in finding work Then the unthinkable happens Ridgeway desires Doyle for herself and steals him away from de Belleforte They travel to Cairo for their honeymoon with de Belleforte closely stalking their every move Famous detective Hercule Poirot happens to be enjoying a holiday on the same Nile cruise Although on vacation his companion Colonel Race happens to be on the same voyage on a tip that a serial killer is also vacationing there under an assumed identity All goes smoothly until late one night Linnet Doyle nee Ridgeway is murdered in her cruise cabin Put in charge of the investigation Race entrusts Poirot in bringing the murderers to justice Like the eually famous Poirot case Murder on the Orient Express Death on the Nile features a leisurely voyage with a large cast of characters all with intriguing pasts Even though it appeared obvious initially who the murderer was Christie's methodology of having Poirot peel back layers and layers to the suspects and their motives for murder never grows stale for me As in Orient Express there is a short window that the crime could have occurred yet with a myriad of clues possible murderers and weapons Poirot has to exercise many levels of gray matter in order to solve the case As someone who enjoys contemporary mysteries Christie's books remain timeless as the author who all current detective stories are measured against While reading a Poirot case I can picture David Souche as Poirot on the AE series and almost visualize his dress and Belgian accent Always a pleasure to read an Agatha Christie case I rare Death on the Nile 4 solid stars


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