Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie – Falls Short


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Death on the Nile. Image Credits: http://www.amazon.com

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.

— Anoop © People and Hearts

Everyone has Something to Hide – Fiction


The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
‘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!

Hercule Poirot explains how it all happened
Hercule Poirot explains how it all happened (Photo credit: elena-lu)

The story’s end haunted me for hours. It is indeed one of Christie’s masterpiece. 

– Anoop

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