Diving into another Poirot mystery, I was presented with another story where the retired detective finds himself on holiday. This time, travelling along the Nile, Poirot trip upon a murder aboard a ship and the suspects are plentiful. Agatha Christie has penned a wonderful piece, based at least partially on her own experiences, keeping the reader wondering until Poirot points a finger and elucidates how it all took place. Poirot at his best, using all those ‘little grey cells’.
There’s nothing like travelling and getting the breeze in one’s hair, should they have any. Retired detective, Hercule Poirot, is attempting to do jut that while on a cruise traversing the Nile. All this relaxation is ended when one of the guests, Linnet Ridgeway, has been shot dead. Who might have wanted to end the life of this lovely, young woman who appeared unable to hurt anyone? Poirot is ready to begin piecing it all together, sure that there’s s a motive buried deep in the resentments of the other guests on the cruise.
Recollecting an earlier argument that he heard, Poirot wonders if there were more to the threat ‘put a pistol to her head’ than it appeared at first hearing. Then again, Linnet Ridgeway may have been more complicated than many would presume. After two additional guests are murdered, Poirot is sure there’s a cover-up taking place, with a murderer fuelled by a secret. Poirot forges onwards and hopes to piece things together before any further bodies appear or the murderer is able to slip away. Poirot at this best, showing Christie continues to pen wonderful mysteries.
I have found a number of these Poirot mysteries to be highly entertaining and educational in equal measure. Agatha Christie is able to pen wonderful pieces together and pulls the reader int o the middle of it all, while also making things light. Hercule Poirot knows how to pull evidence out of apparent nothingness, always keen to teach those around him. I will keep reading the series, in hopes of finding out more angles about how mysteries might b solved effectively.
Agatha Christie is amazing at the art of storytelling and I have thoroughly enjoyed many of her stories since beginning this journey. She uses a simple, yet effective, narrative and spins a story that most readers can connect with easily. Adding a new cast of characters with each story, there is always something for the reader to enjoy with a wide swath of people who cross paths with Hercule Poirot. Little development occurs with Poirot, but his daily interactions are still highly entertaining. Plot twists and surprising happenings keep the reader guessing until the final reveal, which is always quite detailed and thorough, a part of the Poirot mystique, I will be back soon for more Poirot and the mysteries that appear to follow him all over the world.
Kudos, Dame Christie. I am hooked and hope to remain dazzled the more I read.