Book Club Review: “Death on the Nile” by Agatha Christie
Tomorrow my book club will get together for the last meeting of the year. It is going to be a wonderful evening with friends, a classic crime novel, and wine.
We are reading “Death on the Nile” which is one of my favorite Agatha Christie novels. Christie set new standards for mystery writers. Cleverly plotted, with casts of characters drawn with an impeccable eye and a shrewd understanding of human nature, her novels gave the world two of the most enduring characters in detective fiction: Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple.
“Death on the Nile” focuses on Hercule Poirot and is part of a trilogy of his travels throughout the Middle East. Poirot is an eccentric, obsessively tidy Belgian detective who relies on his “little gray cells” to work out the complexities of a crime.
Anyhow I am reblogging this post about “Death on the Nile.” I think it nails the book. Read this post, check out the book, and tell me what you think.
It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up an Agatha Christie novel. I was in a used bookstore recently and needed a good airplane book. I don’t know if Death on the Nile is one of Christie’s best, but it was a perfect plane read and reminded me why I love her books (and classic mystery novels in general).
Most mysteries start with the murder, Law & Order style: dead body found, clues gathered, etc. With this book, Christie takes the time to introduce all her characters first, so you get to know the victim. You know the murder’s coming, but you don’t know when. Actually, the back of the book gave me a little too much information – the victim, the suspects, the cause of death. I wondered if reading the book would have been different on my Kindle, without the “back of the book” summary.
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