Death Comes As The End: A Book Review

Feb 19, 201828 comments

People, I am on a roll. I read another Agatha Christie on the way home back and she surprised me yet again. I was expecting a straight forward Whoddunit; and she delivered much more than that. Dame Christie takes a different route with Death Comes As The End from her normal slueth plots and makes it a historic fiction with lots of family drama. Intrigued? Keep reading.

Book Name: Death Comes As The End
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Fiction – Thriller
Characters: Imhotep, Nofret, Renisenb, Yohmose, Satipy, Sobek, Kait, Ipy, Hori, Kameni, Henet
Setting: Ancient Egypt

Death comes as the end

Unlike the usual Christie novels, Death Comes As The End is set in the ancient Egypt and talks a lot about the practices and belief system of Egyptians. The lives of the seemingly peaceful family of the Ka Priest Imhotep is disrupted when he arrives with a young and manipulative concubine Nofret. Though they do not voice their opinions out aloud, his sons and their wives resent her. To get them back, Nofret schemes to get rid them and rob them out of their legacies. Soon her body is conveniently found dead at the foot of the cliff.

The family dismisses it as a fateful accident but the body count continues to raise. Everyone has a motive and almost all of them have had the chance. What follows is a classic whodunnit; chase that only Christie can spell out. And of course I am not gonna spoil it for you, and you will have to read Death Comes As The End to find it out more.

Death comes as the end

Death Comes As The End is a compulsive drama with a mystery focus with an interesting cast. I never was able to guess who the murderer was until it was revealed. At one point I was sure who the culprit was, only to find out they were the next victim. I swear this is quite rare. The last time that this happened was with another Agatha Christie.

I was watching the Murder on the Orient express last week, just after I finished reading this book and I couldn’t help but wonder how does she do it? How can Dame Agatha Christie think up so many variety of drama and add a thriller element to it. I give up, she is the best of best.

If you want to read a short mystery with an element of family drama, Death Comes As The End should be your pick. You can read my reviews of other Agatha Christie novels here.

Which is your favorite Agatha Christie novel? Do you like them made into films? Have you watched the Murder on the Orient Express? Let us talk.

28 Comments

  1. Olivia-Savannah

    I really like the sound of this! I have only read one Agatha Christie novel before – And then there were none – and I absolutely loved it! I want to try more of her books and I love that you couldn’t guess who the culprit was. I am so adding this to my list. Also, Anciet Egypt setting? So cool.

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    • Gayathri

      And they were none is one of all my favorite book and the most favorite of Agatha Christie’s. You will love this as well.

      Reply
  2. Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

    I like Agatha Christie and love the Poirot series. I haven’t read this one. I have to put it on my list! =)

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    • Gayathri

      It is so much different from her usual books.

      Reply
  3. Terri A. Wilson

    I was thinking about your blog and you reading AC. It has made me want to read more of her books. I’ve only read AND THEN THERE WAS NONE. I head great things about the new Murder on the Orient Express movie. I want to watch it and then read the book to compare them.

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    • Gayathri

      I can assure you the book is soo much better than the movie ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. And ‘And then there were none’ is my most favorite of hers.

      Reply
  4. Megan @ Ginger Mom

    I have wanted to read Agatha Christie for the longest time. This one sounds very intriguing 🙂

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    • Gayathri

      You would love Christie’s books, I am sure.

      Reply
  5. Tin @ The Book Maiden

    I’ve been wanting to read an Agatha Christie for so long! This will surely be added on my tbr ❤

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    • Gayathri

      Agatha Christie will never fail you, I can assure. Go Pick one ASAP

      Reply
  6. Katiria Rodriguez

    Great Review! Ohh a book set in Ancient Egypt plus it is an Agatha Christie book. Please sign me up I need this book in my life. I have never read a book set in Ancient Egypt before and I absolutely love Agatha Christie books. Thank you so much for sharing and for putting this book on my radar.

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    • Gayathri

      This was different from the usual whodunnits because it was just not a money/passion/revenge murder.

      Reply
  7. Randi

    I hate to admit it but I’ve never actually read an Agatha Christe book. I guess that needs to change.

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    • Nikki

      Was going to say the same thing!

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      • Gayathri

        You too Nikki!

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    • Gayathri

      YESS. Go pick a Christie already.

      Reply
  8. DJ Sakata

    I don’t recall this one… I thought I had read them all… Thanx for your lovely review, I always enjoy your posts

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    • Gayathri

      That is how I feel with Christie’s books and then I find something new. Glad you like my posts.

      Reply
  9. Stormi

    I’ve never read an Agatha Christie book 🙈

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    • Gayathri

      You need to correct that soon. <3

      Reply
  10. Fanna

    Agatha Christie just never goes wrong, right?! Haha, she’s such a great writer and story teller and both these talents give us such amazing mysteries to devour. I haven’t read this one yet but seems like another mystery that keeps you guessing till the end, so it must be amazing, no doubt <3 Great review, Gayathri!

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    • Gayathri

      YES! She has never let me down yet.

      Reply
  11. Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

    I looove Agatha Christie, especially her Poirot. I have re-watched the tv series so many times, but I haven’t read her books in forever. Glad to find a fellow blogger who enjoys her as much as I do!

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    • Gayathri

      I have not watched any of those series. 🙁 I am gonna check one of those online, thanks to your comment.

      Reply
  12. Sophie

    It’s been so long since I’ve read one of her books! I think Murder on the Orient Express was my favorite.

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    • Gayathri

      Yes and it is one of my favorites of hers. But my most favorite would be And then there were none.

      Reply
  13. JJ @ This Dark Material

    I love Christie but I had no idea she’d written a mystery set in Ancient Egypt! Can’t wait to pick it up now. Great review 🙂

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    • Gayathri

      I wouldn’t have ever heard it if a friend of mine was not bent on reading all the Christie novels. I am glad I did.

      Reply

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