Death on the Nile
Agatha Christie
Contributed by Sharen Felty
Chapter 13
Summary

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 notes that Linnet had written the letter ‘J’ in her blood as she lays dying, and believes she was communicating the identity of her killer(s). Despite Jackie’s threats prior to her death, the doctor explains how she could not have possibly committed the murder because of her involvement in Simon’s shooting at the time, and was subsequently administered morphine back at her cabin in the company of a nurse.

Analysis

The deaths that were foreshadowed is beginning to unravel. While it is apparent that the revenge mission is in top gear, the identity of the real killer(s) is or are yet to be known. It is unsettling that Poirot could not take any action earlier knowing that Jackie was intent on killing Linnet. Poirot probably felt that Jackie was just making threats and would not actualize it, especially since he had spoken to her to stop her plans. The killing therefore comes a shock. This is especially worsened by the fact that Jackie has an alibi. It is the beginning of a long investigation for Poirot since at this point the real murderer needs to be unveiled.

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