After a long and hot summer we met again in our English reading club, we were happy to see each other and interchanged our opinions and ideas about our summer holiday readings. We all agree that it was nice to be back and start our club we Agatha Christie. The most popular English writer after Shakespeare whose “Mouse trap” can still be seen in London theatres after decades of real success.
Death in the Nile belongs to the group of novels whose main character is Hercule Poirot. In Death on the Nile the famous detective embarks on a vacation in Egypt but finds himself solving three murder cases. It all starts when Linnet Ridgeway, one of the richest young ladies in London, steals the fiancé of her best friend, Jacqueline de Bellefort. Linnet Ridgeway not only steals Simon Doyle away from Jackie, but she marries Simon and travel to Egypt on their honeymoon. In revenge Jackie starts showing up at all the nice places the just married couple visit. Coincidentally, Hercule Poirot is spending his vacation in Egypt and boards the same ship to sail up the Nile that the Doyles and Jackie de Bellefort take.
One evening after dinner in the ship saloon Jackie starts a noisy conversation with Simon Doyle and she shots him in the leg. On the same night, Linnet Doyle is shot in the head while she’s sleeping in her cabin. Hercule Poirot takes on the case with his friend Colonel Race who is investigating a murder in the same ship. During the investigation, two more people are shot and killed, Linnet’s maid and another passenger, Mrs. Otterbourne. Just in the right time when the ship returns to port Hercule Poirot finds the murderers.
The reading was exciting as Christie narrates the book in the third person and both Poirot and the reader discover the events at the same time, as we read every small detail or conversation matter what makes it difficult to remember everything, but this is solved in the end by Poirot who gives us an accurate summary of the case. When reading Christie you are never just a mere witness but a detective as well, the reason why her books are so successful. Magnificent !!!!!
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