Death on the Nile is possibly the most “glamorous ” of Agatha Christie’s books. It takes place on board a luxury cruise down the river Nile. Although lots of Agatha ‘s stories are set in “high society”,this book excels in exotic locations.
Agatha takes about five chapters to assemble her cast of characters. She uses “patent formulas ” like a rich heiress who snatches a friend ‘s handsome fiance, the vengeful jilted friend, crooked lawyers managing the heiress’s money, and a host of other people with grudges against her.
Speaking through Hercule Poirot, Agatha provides psychological insights into all her characters and makes them very plausible and relatable. As always, she throws red herrings and false clues in our path.
All this, as well as local colour of Egyptian archeological sites make this one of my favourite Agatha Christie books. Here I must mention the film adaptation starring Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot which is also a great favourite with me. Although the later adaptation with David Suchet is truer to the book, I prefer the former. There is a latest version which I have yet to see.