Death on The Nile – Agatha Christie | A Review

Hello everyone, and happy Thursday! How is your week going? I hope that it has been pleasant so far. xx

I have a funny story to tell you guys about my experience with reading this amazing novel: the copy I read was a large print edition. That is because it was the only copy my library had the day I wanted to check it out, PLUS the cover was really neat, and it couldn’t hurt to have larger print, as that is definitely kinder on the eyes! Although I read so much small print, anyway, it didn’t make any difference for me, lol.

Anyway, I went ahead and got this edition because I needed to read it next for the A-to-Z Reading Challenge I’m doing – it was the book I had chosen for the letter ‘D’ – so I didn’t mind. It was quite a different experience from what I’m used to reading.

I have watched most of the Poirot TV show and many standalone movies, as well as read multiple Poirot short stories, but this is the first full-length Poirot novel I have read – and I absolutely loved it. I was already familiar with the plot and “who-did-it,” but I loved it all the same. Like I always say, Poirot is a brilliant character! (My Sweet 16 birthday was Poirot-themed. Yup.)

I hope you guys enjoy this review! It’s honestly a bit hard to talk about a mystery novel without giving anything away, but I promise that I haven’t disclosed anything that would be a spoiler.


Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective (not French);

Simon Doyle, a newlywed to the famous …

Linnet Doyle, a rich young woman who knows what she wants in life, and who has also unfortunately angered …

Jacqueline de Bellefort, a strong-willed, lovesick girl who won’t let go of her affection for Simon. There’s also …

Everyone on board a boat slowly making its way down the Nile River.


While on holiday, Poirot decides to go on an excursion to different popular locations through Egypt – including a ferry ride down the famous Nile river. One night while on board, a murder is committed, and Poirot, with the help of Colonel Race, an old friend whom he became reacquainted with, start figuring out who did it and how.


What I Liked:

  • The setting. I haven’t read many books based in Egypt, certainly not on the Nile, so this was extremely interesting! I’ll definitely look into reading more books in this setting in the future.
  • The cast. Some mysteries have too many characters and suspects to keep up with, but Death on The Nile wasn’t like that at all. Since Christie confines all of the possible murderers onto a boat, she reveals to Poirot and the reader what their possible motives were, without any extra characters ever showing up on the scene, as the boat was out on the water the entire time the mystery is being solved.
  • How Christie hides evidence in plain sight for us to see. As I already knew this mystery almost by heart, I was able to spot when different things took place that first time readers/watchers probably wouldn’t notice. The proof she brilliantly laid out before us, which Poirot later deciphers for those who didn’t see it, is what truly makes this a great mystery. If we look close enough, we can solve it along with, or even before, the great detective himself.

Favorite Parts:

  • When Poirot reveals everything in the end. This is almost always my favorite part of any Poirot mystery. I love watching him bring everything together, when it all suddenly makes perfect sense.
  • When Poirot first bumps into Colonel Race. He was so excited, and I love seeing him happy like that.

Do I Recommend It?

Do you…

  • love mysteries? Yes!!! This was absolutely a great one.
  • love Agatha Christie’s writing? Yes!!! Death on The Nile did not disappoint.
  • love reading about Egypt? Yes!! Christie talks a good amount about that beautiful country.

Thank you for reading, everyone! If you have any questions about the book, or have read it yourself, leave your comments below! I would love to talk to you.

~~ Maggie

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15 thoughts on “Death on The Nile – Agatha Christie | A Review

  1. It sounds like a great book.
    How does this compare to Murder on the Orient Express when it comes to how much action and how much dialogue takes place? In the Orient Express, it seemed to me almost all of the book was dialogue, which for me made it a bit of a slow read. I did like it, but it probably wasn’t the best one to choose as my first Agatha Christie novel.

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    1. It certainly was! I haven’t read Murder on the Orient Express, but I did flip through it one day at the library, and it did seem to have lots of dialogue, lol. Death on The Nile was much more descriptive, as Christie talked about where the characters were visiting, what Poirot was seeing (which gives clues to the crime), etc. Plenty of dialogue, but not overwhelmingly πŸ™‚

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  2. I have to tell people that the reason why Hercule Poirot is mistaken for French is that he speaks English with a French accent. It’s normal in Belgian, though, given that French is one of their official languages. Anyways, wonderful review, Maggie! I am yet to read this novel, but I know I won’t be getting around to it anytime soon.

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    1. Haha, that’s true! I hadn’t thought about why people mistake him for French, but you’re right. Thank you, Diana! It’s a great read, so if you pick it up one day, I know you’ll enjoy it. πŸ™‚

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      1. You’re utmost welcome, Maggie! πŸ™‚ I hope to pick up this book soon, but I have so many books to read I know I wouldn’t be reading any of my new purchases soon. 😦

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