Linnet Ridgeway and Simon Doyle are being stalked by Simon’s furious ex, Jackie. So hell bent on taking revenge for the way she’s been treated she follows them on their honeymoon to Egypt, aboard a steam cruiser travelling along the Nile. They are however not the only holidaymakers aboard the vessel, a certain Hercule Poirot attempts a relaxing cruise, only to be drawn into the threesome’s feud when Linnet Ridgeway is found dead - shot while she was asleep.
Isaac Anderson in The New York Times Book Review wrote, “Poirot is travelling for pleasure, but the moment you see his name on the passenger list you know there is going to be a murder or two or three and that the little grey cells of Poirot are going to solve the mystery.”
Christie dramatised the novel as Murder on the Nile in 1945 with several alterations including removing Poirot and changing the ending. The novel was filmed, with Peter Ustinov as Poirot, in 1977. In 2004 David Suchet appeared as Poirot in the television version.
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