Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

★★★★★ (5/5)

This is perhaps my second favourite Agatha Christie mystery, after Murder on the Orient Express, and before And Then There Were None. An ensemble of scintillating characters, each weighed down by probable reasons for committing heinous crimes, add to the mystery of this novel. They are all suspects till the very end.

I am also quite amused by how almost every Hercule Poirot thriller starts with the detective being on a vacation but then finding himself in midst of chaos and a murder or two.

A selection of my favourite passages from the book

  • “How true is the saying that man was forced to invent work in order to escape the strain of having to think.”
  • Her eyes, dark with a kind of smoldering fire, had a queer kind of suffering dark triumph in them.
  • You could have exercised that charm or you could have restrained it. You had everything, Madame, that life can offer. Your friend’s life was bound up in one person. You knew that, but, though you hesitated, you did not hold your hand.
  • Man doesn’t want to feel that a woman cares more for him than he does for her.
  • To succeed in life every detail should be arranged well beforehand.
  • “You’d rather have no Pyramids, no Parthenon, no beautiful tombs or temples—just the solid satisfaction of knowing that people got three meals a day and died in their beds.”
  • Men were incomprehensible! Even one’s nearest and dearest had unsuspected reactions and feelings.
  • You’ve got to break down and destroy before you can build up.
  • They conceive a certain theory, and everything has to fit into that theory. If one little fact will not fit it, they throw it aside. But it is always the facts that will not fit in that are significant.
  • You should look on death as the Oriental does. It’s a mere incident—hardly noticeable.
  • His manner was all smiling urbanity. Only the taut line of his jaw and the wariness of his eyes betrayed the fact that a thoroughly experienced fighter was on his guard.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s