Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie, 1937

My favorite quote: “Love can be a very frightening thing. That is why most great love stories are tragedies.”

Notable characters: Hercule Poirot, the investigator; Linette (Rideway) Doyle, an heiress; Simon Doyle, her new husband; Jacqueline de Bellefort, Simon’s ex-lover; Colonel Race, Poirot’s friend; Miss Van Schuyler, a kleptomaniac; Salome Otterbourne, a romance novelist; Andrew Pennington, a greedy trustee

Most memorable scene: The big reveal — specifically, the how … which I can’t say anything about lest folks with twisted knickers hunt me down and shake their proverbial torches and pitchforks at me for giving spoilers away

Greatest strengths: For me — aside from the mystery, of course — it’s the great setting and lively dialogue

Standout achievements: This book features some of Christie’s most multidimensional characters 

Fun Facts: In chapter 21, Poirot makes mention of a scarlet kimono he found in his luggage — a reference to a major plot point in the previously written, Murder on the Orient Express

Other media: The adaptations of this book include film, TV, radio, theater, graphic novel, and even a computer game, for Christ’s sake. Suffice it to say, I only have so many characters if I want to post this on Instagram (and I do) so, most notably among these are the 1978 film starring Maggie Smith, Simon MacCorkindale, Mia Farrow, and Bette Davis, and the upcoming 2022 follow-up to Murder on the Orient Express, directed by Kenneth Branagh

What it taught me: That when it comes to Christie, I may figure out the WHO but I will never, ever, EVER figure out the HOW. Dammit. 

How it inspired me: Agatha Christie is the reason so much of my work contains elements of murder-mystery — even if that isn’t my primary genre (except in the case of Sleep Savannah Sleep.) Christie is the Queen of Mystery for a reason and I learn everything I can from her about the proper concealment of killers.

Additional thoughts: If only to see a drunken Angela Lansbury rubbing a statue and waxing romantic about its flaming nostrils, you MUST see the 1978 movie

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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