Hello everyone! Before I get into the book review, I just want to say that I hope that you are staying safe and healthy. We’re pretty much on lock down in my household and my husband is doing an amazing job keeping us all doing what we needs to be done. Strange days, indeed.
There’s nothing like a good mystery to keep your mind occupied. If you let yourself, you can become immersed in trying to figure out the puzzle, which is a nice break from worrying about other things. Death on the Nile, which is vintage Agatha Christie, did the trick for me. I read it as part of the 2020 Thoughtful Reading Challenge, which proves the challenge is good for your mental well-being.
Death on the Nile is a Hercule Poirot mystery. The little Belgian sleuth with the big brain and dramatic mustache can’t catch a break – he’s supposed to be retired and on holiday, but murder seems to follow him around. This time, the murder takes place on a Nile riverboat and the victim is a young, wealthy, beautiful newlywed named Linnet Doyle.
Linnet has made a few enemies in her short life and many of them seem to be on this boat, including the ex-friend she stole her new husband from (awkward!). Other passengers just seem to have a vested and mysterious interest in Linnet’s trust fund. There are a lot of characters and possible suspects – so many that I recommend jotting them down for easy reference. A couple of times I found myself wondering who a character was, and then remembered they were introduced 40 pages ago. That’s a pretty effective mystery writing technique – flood your readers with so many characters and possible motives that they’re bound to get confused about whodunit.
I had forgotten how good a character Poirot is. He has a touch of arrogance, but he’s also wise and compassionate. It was fun to see him in action as he interviewed the passengers and unraveled the mystery. Beyond that, though, he also freely dispenses his wisdom, in a mostly gentle way, to help people avoid life-altering mistakes. He has a very competent, reassuring manner. You just know he’s going to solve the mystery and, of course, he does just that.
I won’t talk about the plot much more because I don’t want to give anything away. Suffice it to say that it has the clever twists that characterize Agatha Christie’s best stories. Very satisfying!
I really liked Death on the Nile and recommend it to any mystery lovers who haven’t read it yet. There’s a remake of the movie in the works, so this is a good time to read it.
Did you read a mystery this month? Tell us all about it! I need some good recommendations!
Reminder – April’s challenge is to read a Pulitzer Prize winner. Have you picked yours out yet?