Review: Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ THIS WAS AN AUDIOBOOK.  Linnet Ridgeway has stolen her best friend Jacqueline de Bellefort’s fiancé, handsome Simon Doyle, and has become Linnet Doyle to Jackie’s dismay and astonishment. Linnet already had everything as a wealthy heiress with brains and beauty. How could she deliberately set out to steal her best friend’s man and marry him?  Jackie was of meager means and Simon meant everything to her, so she seeks revenge by systematically stalking the new couple wherever they go, popping up and harassing them, including on their honeymoon vacation to Egypt. Jackie’s bent on making the couple miserable; punishing them for destroying her.  She even threatens murder, and that’s exactly what happens while the Doyles are on board a paddle steamship on the Nile River.  Linnet is shot dead and Jackie is the obvious suspect, only she has a solid alibi. Furthermore, as Hercule Poirot, who was also present during this trip, begins to investigate the murder he learns that Linnet had more enemies than just Jackie, and any one of them had motive for wanting her dead.

Death on the Nile was a clever mystery that was enacted orally in an entertaining way.  The story was full of colorful characters that kept me guessing as to whether any of them could have committed the murder. The fact that this was an audiobook made it a lively and fun listen, and I chuckled many times at the British characters and their humorous anecdotes and witty sayings. Listening to Hercule Poirot is always a joy, and watching his keen intellect put to action in solving crimes is the icing on the cake. This audiobook was a BBC radio full-cast dramatization that I bought as a $0.99 Daily Deal at Audible.com and I truly enjoyed it.  If you like relatively short mystery dramas (this one was 2.25 hours), Death on the Nile is definitely one to check out.

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