I received a complimentary copy of DEATH ON THE NILE by Agatha Christie from William Morrow Books!
Rating: 4 / 5
Agatha Christie is an author I read quite a bit when I was younger and I have been trying to fit more of her novels into my reading, so I was thrilled to hear there was going to be another movie based on her work and even moreso to get a copy of the book!
DEATH ON THE NILE is part of the Hercule Poirot series, though it is very easy to pick up almost any book in the series in any order. Hercule is aboard a cruise along the Nile which is interrupted by the discovery that one of the passengers has bene shot dead. This young woman is beautiful and seems to be well loved, but clearly someone didn’t agree.
This was a really fun read and I’m glad I was able to get it into my March reading! I really enjoy the way Christie took her time with the story, making sure her characters and the setting were established before the murder actually occurs well into the book. This way the reader is sitting right along side Poirot, knowing what he knows of the passengers and their relationships.
Poirot is asked to assist in the investigation (of course!) and he assists in interviewing his fellow passengers. While not quite a locked room mystery, the ship does provide a rather limited setting and limited list of suspects for Poirot and the reader to consider. Not surprisingly, Poirot was much better at figuring out this one than me.
I really enjoyed this read and I very much look forward to seeing DEATH ON THE NILE on screen!