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Review: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (Spoiler-Free)

So... I really feel like such a genius right now. This is my third Agatha Christie novel, and my favorite, but guess what: I GUESSED THE ENDING FROM THE FIRST CHAPTER AND IM PROBABLY MORE PROUD OF THAT THAN I SHOULD BE.

However, this was still absolutely incredible. Christie is the real genius here, managing to make me need to keep flipping pages, even when I was up later than I should be (reading about murder no less...).

I'm obsessed with the tone of this book. I might just not be remembering properly because it's been a while, but I think this one was quite different from And Then There Were None and Murder on the Orient Express, especially the latter. I love how pompous this one sounds, and how much humor is sprinkled in throughout. I actually found myself laughing out loud a few times which rarely happens for me. Something about characters in the 1920s/30s makes me chuckle, and I'm becoming more aware of that as Rebecca did the same.

This book also had a few interesting themes it dove into while managing to also be a compulsively-readable mystery. I found this to be a pleasant surprise as I didn't notice this being the case in the other Christie books I've read. This one tackles obsessive love, provides commentary on socioeconomic status, and moving forward in life, not dwelling on the past. I suppose this is all actually quite similar to the themes of The Great Gatsby which I truly didn't realize until this very moment! I enjoyed this book much more though because I prefer the fast-paced mystery and humor, but if you've read this and want to further explore the themes and somehow have yet to read Gatsby, I think that would be a perfect choice.

Christie is a master of her craft, and I think the only reason I guessed the ending right away is because I realized what the perfect ending to the story would be and I had faith Christie would recognize that. I absolutely cannot wait to read more of her works and I'm also pretty excited to see the new movie!

Song I was reminded of while reading: Funeral


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