Death on the Nile
Agatha Christie

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Sharon Fleming

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Chapter 1

Chapter 1 Section 1

The scene is set at Malton-Under-Wode. Linnet Ridgeway has just stepped out of a Rolls-Royce, and peopl...

Chapter 2

Tim Joins Poirot and Rosalie as they walk towards a steamer that has just docked, who instantly notices Linnet Ridgeway. She is described as the ri...

Chapter 3

Tim Allerton introduces himself to Linnet — who is accompanied by her husband, Simon, and her trustee, Mr. Pennington — who insists that she mu...

Chapter 4

Poirot remains on the terrace alone, which is when Linnet approaches and introduces herself, and insisting on speaking to him alone. They head to t...

Chapter 5

Poirot now turns to Jackie, who is by the shore and seemingly lost in thought. He mentions that he once saw her with Simon at a certain café, whic...

Chapter 6

Poirot now turns to Simon, asking him to take a walk around town. During the stroll, Simon asks if Poirot was successful in talking sense into Jack...

Chapter 7

Linnet and Simon take a boat ride in an attempt to throw Jackie off their plans for a cruise on the Nile River. Poirot meets Mrs. Allerton at Eleph...

Chapter 8

Mrs. Allerton tells Tim that she had invited Poirot to join them at their dinner table, and Tim is taken aback by her mother’s decision. Over din...

Chapter 9

The following day, the steamer docks at Ez-Zebua. Cornelia is the first person to hurry to the shore, and meets Poirot as they proceed to view a te...

Chapter 10

On a Monday morning, the travelers are excited as their steamer docks near another temple. As expected, Cornelia is quite excited to see the temple...

Chapter 11

The travelers have arrived at Wadi Halfa, another location along the Nile River. Poirot is interested in the meaning of the word ‘fey’, where M...

Chapter 12

On the second day of visiting the temples, Cornelia does needlework in the salon. At the other end, the Doyles are playing bridge together with Col...

Chapter 13

Linnet is found dead, shot in the head, in her cabin. Poirot and Colonel Race rush to the scene of the crime and begin their investigations. He not...

Chapter 14

Poirot and Colonel Race are puzzled by the mystery surrounding Linnet’s death. The two detectives believe that someone is impersonating Jackie to...

Chapter 15

Poirot and Colonel Race review potential suspects in the murder of Linnet and the motives behind the killings. Many are questioned, including Fleet...

Chapter 16

The two detectives question Marie Van Schuyler about the murder, and stated that she heard the maid enter Linnet’s cabin before sensing someone o...

Chapter 17

The detectives move to question Mr. Ferguson and the Otterbournes. Rosalie maintains that she was in her cabin throughout the night, denies throwin...

Chapter 18

It is Mr. Pennington’s turn to face the investigators. Colonel Race records all the details he can collect from the suspect, compare notes with t...

Chapter 19

A steward beckons Poirot toward Simon, where the request to bring Jackie along with him was made. She is shocked that Simon wants to see her, but s...

Chapter 20

The Allertons discuss the murder in the dining saloon. Tim informs his mother that pearls that belonged to Linnet had also disappeared. The informa...

Chapter 21

Miss Bowers informs the detectives that Van Schuyler took the pearls from Linnet, because she has a habit of taking other people’s belongings. Sh...

Chapter 22

The detectives search the steamer and its passengers. They find pearls that formerly belonged to Linnet, but discover they are only imitations. The...

Chapter 23

A close examination of the maid’s body reveals that she had been stabbed in the heart by the attackers. In her lifeless hand is a note which the ...

Chapter 24

Jackie asks Miss Bowers, who was leaving the doctor’s cabin, about how Simon is doing, who informs her that he has a fever and his condition is g...

Chapter 25

Mr. Pennington is quite shocked that his gun is the murder weapon. Colonel Race indicates to him that he is in trouble, especially if there is no w...

Chapter 26

Poirot asks Colonel Race to summon Jim. Fanthorp. He tells Fanthorp that he noticed him snooping in on a conversation, and therefore asks him to ex...

Chapter 27

Poirot tells Colonel Race privately that although Mr. Pennington had a motive to kill Linnet, he believes that Mr. Pennington was not bold enough t...

Chapter 28

Colonel Race explains to Poirot that he has been patient, and wants to be told who the murderer is. He presumes that the murderer is not Mr. Pennin...

Chapter 29

Poirot explains to Race that they began the investigation with a preconceived idea. Whoever carried out the murder took advantage of this when they...

Chapter 30

Poirot visits Jackie in her cabin to discuss the murders. She confesses the whole murder scheme to Poirot, and further says: “It’s so dreadfull...

Chapter 31

The steamer docks at Shellal port early at dawn. Richetti is arrested, and Simon apologizes to Jackie for confessing to their murder plot. She bend...

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