After reading the best books by Agatha Christie – And Then There Were None, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and The A.B.C. Murders, I expected a spine-chilling plot, twists and unexpected climax in ‘Death on the Nile’. But I was disappointed.
This is not a spoiler alert.
Death on the Nile lacks the aura of Christie’s novels. The plot is predictable and the characters are uninteresting. Two or three secondary female characters appear more or less similar to each other. Hercule Poirot is confused during the quest of the murderer.
Not the best book of Christie, yet a readable one.
This time, Agatha Christie uses a new approach to reveal the mystery in her 1939 classic ‘The ABC Murders‘. The author makes readers to think differently unlike her other creations.
The logic and methodological deduction technique is put to test here. The final revelation of the murderer surprises the readers. It’s Christie and Poirot who have the last laugh when the novel concludes. The murderer gives Hercule Poirot a hard time testing the detective’s grey cells.
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Mademoiselle ‘Nick’ is in danger, as she had survived three narrow escapes from death. Poirot takes up his detective role into the case with the use of his usual ‘little grey cells’. How the story unfolds from there is up to the reader to take care of. Interestingly, Poirot fumbles but makes up in the end with clear head.
Narration by the author has its great flow till the end. But Christie fails to match the suspense and unpredictability seen in her other works. The reader is able to judge the accused even before the first-half of the story.
Not the best from the stable of Agatha Christie but deserves a mention for its clean narration.
Peril at End House – a predictable peril in the end!
‘Everyone concerned in them has something to hide’, said Hercule Poirot.
Agatha Christie has pulled out a clean thriller in ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd‘, which gets better and better as the story goes forward. The author earns a special praise for writing a complex story that has numerous characters and subplots.
The beauty of the story is that every character is doubted as the murderer. This is very well complimented by Hercule Poirot with his stand that ‘Everyone concerned in them has something to hide’.
The book falls under the league of classic detective mystery fiction and has great narration by Christie. Two characters steal the show in their own different styles – Hercule Poirot and Dr. Sheppard. Poirot sticks to his little old grey cells and Sheppard plays the perfect foil for the mystery. Everyone has something to hide, true enough!
The story’s end haunted me for hours. It is indeed one of Christie’s masterpiece.