Death Comes as the End

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Jealousy, death and betrayal in Ancient Egypt when a man brings home his concubine and the family take an instant dislike to her

“With her special archaeological equipment, Mrs Christie makes you feel just as much at home on the Nile in 1945 B.C. as if she were bombarding you with false clues in a chintz-covered drawing room in Leamington Spa… My already insensate admiration for her leaps even higher.”

The Observer, 1945

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About this story

First released

October, 1944 (novel, Dodd, Mead and Company)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery

Formats

  • Novel

Murder methods

Setting

  • Egypt

Written at the request of her friend, Egyptologist, Stephen Glanville, here Agatha Christie combines her knowledge of archaeology with her knowledge of psychology, revealing the past lives and dramas of people in 2000 BC.

The premise for the story was derived from real Egyptian letters, from a man named Heqanakhte to his family discussing their behaviour and unwelcome response to his concubine. Christie actually changed the ending of the novel on the insistence of Glanville and her publishers and always regretted the decision, certain that her original ending would have been more effective.

It has never been adapted.

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Written at the request of her friend, Egyptologist, Stephen Glanville, here Agatha Christie combines her knowledge of archaeology with her knowledge of psychology, revealing the past lives and dramas of people in 2000 BC.

The premise for the story was derived from real Egyptian letters, from a man named Heqanakhte to his family discussing their behaviour and unwelcome response to his concubine. Christie actually changed the ending of the novel on the insistence of Glanville and her publishers and always regretted the decision, certain that her original ending would have been more effective.

It has never been adapted.



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