Death on the Nile

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Isolated on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean, tensions rise as a love triangle becomes the centre of the guests’ interests. Particularly when it turns murderous...

‘As ingenious an alibi as can well be imagined.’

Sunday Times, 1937


About this story

First released

May 1937 (serialised in The Saturday Evening Post, US)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery, 
  • Detective

Formats

  • Novel, 
  • Play, 
  • Radio Play, 
  • Graphic Novel, 
  • Game, 
  • Film, 
  • TV

Recurring characters

  • Poirot, 
  • Colonel Johnny Race

Murder methods

Setting

  • Egypt

Among Poirot’s most famous cases, Agatha Christie described this as a case which both moved and upset him. When a murder takes place on a cruise ship, suspects are limited, and Poirot fears the worst.

As was common with her plays, Agatha Christie adapted the story in 1946 and dropped the character of Poirot, deciding he drew too much attention on stage, and titled it Hidden Horizons when it opened at the Dundee Repertory Theatre. She changed the title again to Murder on the Nile when the play moved to London’s West End and eventually to Broadway. A ...

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Among Poirot’s most famous cases, Agatha Christie described this as a case which both moved and upset him. When a murder takes place on a cruise ship, suspects are limited, and Poirot fears the worst.

As was common with her plays, Agatha Christie adapted the story in 1946 and dropped the character of Poirot, deciding he drew too much attention on stage, and titled it Hidden Horizons when it opened at the Dundee Repertory Theatre. She changed the title again to Murder on the Nile when the play moved to London’s West End and eventually to Broadway. A live television broadcast of the play took place in the US in July 1950 as part of the Kraft Television Theatre.

In 1978, Peter Ustinov took on the story, in what would become one of the most successful Agatha Christie adaptations. It featured an all-star cast including Bette Davies, Mia Farrow and Maggie Smith. It was adapted for radio in 1997 and was broadcast as a five-part serial. John Moffatt was Poirot. The story was adapted for TV in 2004, with David Suchet as Poirot and remained fairly true to the novel, although some characters were omitted. It included famous faces Emily Blunt, James Fox and Frances de la Tour.

A “hidden object” PC game was made in 2000 by Flood Light Games allowing players to take on the role of Poirot, and the same year the graphic novel adaptation was published.

‘The descriptive work hits the Nile on the head.’

Observer, 1937



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