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
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 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.
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