Death on the Nile


1. Harper // 2. Black Dog & Leventhal // 3. Harper Paperbacks // 4. HarperCollins // 5. Penguin Putnam // 6. HarperCollins

I have very fond memories of Death on the Nile because it was one of the first Agatha Christie novels that I ever read. I’ve always had a romantic fascination with Egypt and so this novel really appealed to me when I was about 15 and just starting to read golden age mysteries. I like cover #1 because the colors are beautiful, but #4 also catches the eye. #6 is just magnificent in its 70’s gaudiness. Which cover do you like? What is your favorite Poirot novel?

Here are a few links that you might want to check out this weekend:

Ali from Heavenali is hosting a Barbara Pym Virtual Tea Party on June 2, Pym’s 100th birthday. You can visit the Facebook page to join in!

I was just telling a friend of mine that I wished someone would remake Rebecca – it looks like my wish has been granted.

An interview with the amazing Elizabeth Strout where she recommends that President Obama read Barbara Pym.

A handy map that shows the settings for each Mary Stewart suspense novel.

Enjoy your weekend!


  1. jessicabookworm

    I find myself drawn to the #1, #4, and #5. Shockingly I still haven’t read anything by Agatha Christie! I do have Murder on the Orient Express on my TBR pile though which has a cover in the style of #1.

    • Oh, you have to read her Jessica! Her books are so timeless and clever. I really enjoy them. I’m starting to prefer Miss Marple, but the Poirot books are wonderful too.

  2. The film of this was one of the first I ever saw on my own, and it scared me a bit, when the murder was played over & over with different suspects. But my trusty old copy has the cast on the cover. I really like the first one, though it suggests Death in the Dunes rather than the Nile! I think this one & Murder on the Orient Express are my favorite among the Poriot novels, or at least the ones I re-read most often.

    • I agree with you about #1 – it does look like sand! I’ve never seen a film adaptation of Nile because I was afraid it would be ruined for me, but I might be open to watching one now that I’m older.

      • It is NOTHING like the book, well, except for the murder. I enjoy it for the cast, but I just pretend it’s a completley different story.

  3. Sam (Tiny Library)

    I own cover number 1 and coincidentally, it will be my first Agatha Christie too! When I get around to reading it, that is….

  4. JoAnn (Lakeside Musing)

    Great links, especially the Elizabeth Strout article. I heard her speak at the Gifford Lecture Series in Syracuse a year or two ago – she is truly amazing!
    I like covers 2 and 5 best 🙂

    • Ooh, jealous that you got to hear her speak. Olive Kitteridge is one of my favorite novels and I’d love to hear her thoughts on writing. I have her newest one, The Burgess Boys, on my TBR.

  5. vicki (bibliolathas / skiourophile)

    #6 for me – totally camp! I loved this Christie – also one of the first I read.

  6. Oo, this is a difficult choice, I like them all. I think I’d only be able to choose with more knowledge of the plot, otherwise #1 appeals most because of the font. Thank you for the news about Rebecca! Ironically I was just thinking how good that would be, too, though I’m not sure I’m keen on what’s included in the article.

  7. i like number six reminds me of the ones my gran had the old christie covers could be quite macbre at times ,all the best stu

  8. I like #2, I love that whole series. I like the element of the black and white photos, they’re so timeless. I haven’t read Death on the Nile in years but just yesterday my daughter (aged 11) asked me to please buy the DVD of Murder on the Orient Express, which she loves — the 1974 version, which my mother took me to see as a youngster (surprisingly, this did not scar me for life — the child kidnapping is pretty scary).

    Oh, and this same child shares a birthday with Barbara Pym!!! Sadly, I’ll be working that day, so maybe I’ll have to take my scones and tea to the library that day.

    • It is so awesome that your daughter loves Murder on the Orient Express! Most 11 year olds I know would not be interested in that at all. I haven’t seen the 1974 version, but I really like the recent David Suchet version.
      Your daughter is so fortunate to share her birthday with such a great author. I was afraid that I would be working June 2nd, too, but I got lucky! I am working the Saturday, but the Sunday leaves me free to join the tea party.

  9. Miss Bibliophile

    I like #2 the best, although it’s the least like what I typically think of as an Agatha Christie cover. That’s interesting news about the Rebecca remake. I wonder who they’ll cast in the roles….

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