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Publisher's Note:

“A top-notch literary brainteaser.” –New York Times Soon to be a major motion picture sequel to Murder on the Orient Express with a screenplay by Michael Green, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh alongside Gal Gadot—coming Feb 11, 2022! Beloved detective Hercule Poirot embarks on a journey to Egypt in one of Agatha Christie’s most famous mysteries. The tranquility of a luxury cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything . . . until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: “I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.” Yet under the searing heat of the Egyptian sun, nothing is ever quite what it seems. A sweeping mystery of love, jealousy, and betrayal, Death on the Nile is one of Christie’s most legendary and timeless works. “Death on the Nile is perfect.” …

Death on the Nile

by Agatha Christie

Overall Book Review:

Agatha Christie delivers the mystery magic that readers love. Death on the Nile is one of her best known books and it is replete with all those trademark elements that make Agatha Christie the queen of mystery. There is an extensive and eccentric cast of characters, an exotic location, red herrings right and left, and of course–the murder. The identity of the murderer didn’t seem quite as much of a surprise in this book, but there was a lot going on to confuse the situation and in some ways the ending did ultimately spring a surprise that was not telegraphed at all. Hercule Poirot seemed a bit of a nostalgic romantic in this particular novel, which was charming.

Death on the Nile is the 17th book in the 38 book Hercule Poirot series and was published in 1937. These books can be read as stand-alones, although it is suggested to read them in order. In Death on the Nile, a major plot point of Murder on the Orient Express is referred to in passing, so one might pick up a few spoilers when reading out of order.

Fun fact: Agatha Christie also wrote romances under the pen name Mary Westmacott.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 18 religious exclamations; 34 mild obscenities; 1 anatomical term.

Violence/Gore: Character says they want to rip off a character’s clothes and stomp on their face; verbal threats to kill; character talks about wanting to kill someone with a knife or pistol; character is almost crushed by a boulder; character shot in appendage; character is shot in head and killed–this is first reported, then the body examined in a brief scene of description; someone says they should die by committing suicide; someone jokingly wonders why someone hasn’t been killed earlier; character is stabbed and dies, body found; character is shot (death); extended description of crime; character shoots and kills another; character dies by suicide.

Sex/Nudity: Reference to sex; reference to sex in novels.

Mature Subjects:

Murder, crime, suicide, death.

Alcohol/Drug Use:

Adults drink alcohol; a character is drugged; characters smoke.

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!