Death On The Nile

Cruising aboard the "Karnak" are Detective Hercule Poirot and passengers of the upper English class including the famous and beautiful Linnet Ridgeway with her Newly-Married husband Simon Doyle.And we find,a cunningly streamlined  Jacqueline de Bellefort trailing after them since their marriage.But one day,bad news reeks through the Ship - the beautiful Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. Death on the Nile, surprisingly, often felt like a television drama. Jealously! Affairs! Revenge! Gossip! It was highly entertaining and I developed an affinity for Jacqueline de Bellefort in particular. I most likely shouldn't, since she, let’s say, took it a bit too far! Yet I enjoyed her clarity and audacity and I was never completely sure whether she should remain a suspect or not. On a ship travelling down the Nile, tensions are high and everybody is suspect. Death on the Nile is also not exactly what we would call politically correct, and it really is fascinating to see what sort of language, cultural and social attitudes were deemed acceptable in the 1930's. Death on the Nile, however, was much slower than And Then There Were None. It took nearly half of the book before a murder was committed and although I was quite enjoying the build up, it meant that the second half of the book – the attempt to solve the murder – was rushed. Pls Comment.
“Time is the best killer.” 


  • Selina KyleSelina Kyle Investigator
    Very True.!!!!
  • Spoilers!!! I love Death In The Nile. I feel that it's is more character driven than most Poirot books.  It really centres on three people, Linnet, Jackie and Simon and explores what really drives them in life. Linnet is only interested in herself and will go to any lengths to get what she wants. Simon is mainly motivated by money.  

    Jacqueline de Bellefort is my favourite female character in any Poirot story. She will go to any lengths out her love for Simon.  In an odd way I also felt so sorry Jackie. Agatha Christie wrote her such a way that makes you feel empathy towards her. She didn't kill for selfish reasons or for gain.  If you compare to her to other Agatha Christie female leads like Elinor in Sad Cypress, she's more hot headed and passionate. yet at the same time she can also pull of a remarkable pre-meditated murder 

    I think that Death On The Nile is a book that deals more with emotions. There's a touching scene when Poirot tells Jackie "do not let your heart into evil". Although I did guess who the murders were, I couldn't figure out how it was done. 

    There are such a variety of characters. But Salome Otterbourne is hysterical funny! I wonder if she was based on a real author?

    I think perhaps the book appeals to people who like other genres of literature as well as crime. On the old Agatha Christie forum, someone compared the story to Henry James Wings of A Dove. 

    "Do not allow evil into your heart. It will make a home there." Poirot -Death On The Nile
  • tudestudes Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ✭✭✭✭
    I agree with you, Miss Quinn. I's an excellent book.
     I think the characters are much more "alive". They're full of contradictories emotions and  more complex than usual.

    SPOILERS: The three main characters are a bit tragic. Since the beginning, they seem that they will never achieve what they want despite of their efforts. They're  dommed to suffer and be unhappy.
    Even Simon, I felt pitty for him. He's almost a child. It seems that he doesn't understand the graveness of his acts.

  • I admit I don't feel the same amount of empathy for Simon. He killed his wife on their honeymoon for her money. Then dipped his finger in her blood to draw a J on the wall. It's rather macabre. As Jackie said, she felt better killing someone in the heat of the moment. But not while someone lies sleeping. The fact Linnet was impossible to like, with  her self absorbed nature did make it easier to empathize with the murderers rather than the victims. Same goes for Mrs Ottobourne who obviously made her daughters life so miserable. 

    Has anyone seen the adaptations? I found the Usitov version was much better. But it had some major flaws. Linnet was portrayed as a outdoors type climbing up rocks. I imagine her book's character would wear unsuitable clothing, shoes and would cry is she broke a nail. Even though Mia Farrow doesn't look like my idea of Jackie, she at least had that air of unhealthy obsessiveness. She did anger so much better than the actress in the Suchet version. 

    Also the Suchet version had a much sadder finish. There was no happy ending for Rosalie. I think the book had the best ending. Although tragic, Mrs Allerton says "thank God there is happiness in the world". 

    That has to be one the ultimate cruises from Hell. There were the dead bodies of Simon, Linnet, Jackie, the maid and Mrs Ottobourne to carry off the ship!  Did Poirot ever get a restful holiday?! 

    "Do not allow evil into your heart. It will make a home there." Poirot -Death On The Nile
  • tudestudes Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2013
    I saw both adaptions and I prefer Ustinov. The actors are better and the changings weren't so bad. Besides,  I love Angela Lansburry! She is very well (I like her as Miss Marple too).

    Spoilers:  Although I would like to see a much more passionate Jackie. She's a woman desperately in love! And very smart. I think she's the best character of the book!
    I wouldn't like to travel in a cruise with Poirot. Everybody drops dead! At the end of the book, I was relieved! No more dead bodies!  8-X
  • I thought both Angela Lansbury and Frances De La Tour were both fabulous as Mrs Ottobourne. In the Suchet version she was def making a pass at Poirot, which is so funny. After all the heated romantic tension it's an amusing diversion. 

    Adaptation differences with SPOILERS!!! The Allerton's were cut of of the Ustinov version. I agree that there were too many characters in the book. But I liked the romance between him and Rosalie. Tim did appear in the Suchet version, but he was so odious! Plus Mrs Allerton equally unpleasant, not warm and motherly like in the book. I don't blame the actress, as I know she's good. It's the way she was asked to be played.

    No-one can ever match up to Bette Davis!! She is the best Mrs Van Schuyler. Maggie Smith was great, but her character was invented. But it was worth it to see/hear her verbal sparring with Davis.

    My main problem with the Suchet adapt was the Allertons. Plus I thought Emily Blunt's American accent was poor. As I mentioned before, Jackie's performance by Emma Griffiths Malin was too weak. Not fiery, plus lacking in conviction. 

    As for Simon I think both versions were good, but there was much more passionate chemistry between Mia Farrow and Simon McCorkindale. I did think that JJ Feild was good. I'm not just saying that because I find him so attractive! he did look like he was in pain when he shot himself in the leg/foot. But the denouement in the Ustinov is so much better. 

    I couldn't shoot myself in the foot for a million pounds/dollars! 

    The settings and costumes were great in both. 

    I saw the Ustinov version in full for the first time this year. It made me want to read the book for the 5 or 6th time. One of the good things about re-reading any AC book is you can then see what you missed, all those little clues. 
    "Do not allow evil into your heart. It will make a home there." Poirot -Death On The Nile
  • This book is my favourite of the 16 books I've read so far. I loved the atmosphere so much - it was a perfect locked room with all manner of tension waiting to boil over and the red herrings Christie threw in were great. I guessed half of the culprit, which pleased me, but I still found it fascinating to see how it was done. 

    As for the adaptations, I saw the Suchet version and I quite liked it but I agree that Tim and Mrs Allerton were poorly cast. As for Jackie, I would imagine that AC intended her to be a bit more passionate. 

    The thing about the amount of characters on Death on the Nile is that you have so many possible suspects! Some of Christie's other books were easier to guess the murderer(s) because of fewer characters and through use of logic - well if it wasn't this person then it can only be one of these two! That's how I guessed the identity of Mr Brown in the Secret Adversary and I'm glad that Death on the Nile wasn't the same in that regard.
  • jenniferjennifer Investigator
    Hi everyone.  I just recently watched the Suchet version - after seeing the Ustinov movie many times.  At the beginning when Jackie is talking with Linnet in her room, Linnet is doing cocaine.  I don't recall that in the book - and they certainly didn't have that in the Ustinov version.  Why do you think that  would be added?  
  • I think they want to make it modern. But, in my opinion, it's really bad taste. And this doesn't have in the book.
  • I agree that it is bad taste,but see ,Linnet is from the upper class of British i think that could be considered. Everything  shouldn't be from the book u see....
    “Time is the best killer.” 
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