Death On The Nile


First published: 1937


  • Stabbing
  • Gunshot

A Hercule Poirot story


Death On The Nile

Death On The Nile

The tranquillity of a 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 in this exotic setting nothing was ever quite what it seemed.

It is always the facts that will not fit in that are significant.

Hercule Poirot, Death on the Nile

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Death on the Nile is among Agatha Christie’s best-loved and most famous works and is a sweeping mystery of love, jealously and betrayal. Agatha Christie drew inspiration for this novel from her travels in Egypt, picking up geographically and historical details throughout her time there.

When Agatha Christie adapted the story into a play, she dropped Hercule Poirot from the script as she felt that he drew too much attention on stage. The title was changed to Hidden Horizons and the play opened at Dundee Repertory Theatre. When the play moved to London’s West End in 1946, the title was changed to Murder on the Nile. Later on in the same year the show opened on Broadway, and in 1950 a live television broadcast of the US play took place as part of the Kraft Television Theatre.

As ingenious an alibi as can well be imagined.
Sunday Times

In November 2017 it was announced that Twentieth Century Fox are adapting Death on the Nile for the big screen, following the success of their 2017 adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express. Previous adaptations of Death on the Nile include the 1978 feature film which starred Peter Ustinov in his first role as Hercule Poirot. John Moffatt played Poirot in the first radio adaptation based on the book in 1997 which was broadcast as a five-part serial. In 2004, ITV’s Agatha Christie’s Poirot saw David Suchet take on the role in an adaptation which included famous faces Emily Blunt and James Fox. The novel has since been adapted into a hidden object PC game and a graphic novel.

Did you know?

  1. In the early stages of developing the plot for Death on the Nile, Miss Marple was to be the lead detective.

  2. Agatha Christie toyed with the idea of originally naming the stage adaptation Moon on the Nile.

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