Summary: Poirot, on vacation in Africa, meets the rich, beautiful Linnet Doyle and her new husband, Simon. As usual, all is not as it seems between the newlyweds, and when Linnet is found murdered, Poirot must sort through a boatload of suspects to find the killer before he (or she) strikes again.
Review: In ‘Death on the Nile’ I was thoroughly disappointed in that half-way through the book I guessed correctly on who was the murderer (but of course did not find out that my assumption was correct until the end). It thought it was rather predictable actually.
I thought the characters had the same personality and seemed interchangeable. They were either A) Rich and snobby or B) poor and meddling. But there’s like 20 characters that fit either of these categories, all whose personalities are one dimensional, so it’s pretty annoying. With this substitutable cast of characters, and Poirot constantly changing his mind on how the crime happened, even after he declares that he has solved the crime, it’s almost impossible to figure out who is who, where who was when the crime happened, why who would want the victim killed, etc. You need a flow chart or some other sort of visual aid to understand it all. If Christie had cut the cast down in half it would have been a lot better.
Worst part: That all the characters were interchangeable (the same).
Best part: Poirot’s good vs evil philosophy/theme. Yep.
Recommend For: I’d say still give this Christie novel a try though. It was enjoyable to a point.
Other Books by This Author: Murder on the Orient Express and Cards on the Table.