Another good, solid Agatha Christie that has you going in circles trying to guess who the murderer is, until it ends up being the person you never suspected. It's set in ancient Egypt, which adds some interesting details to the story, but could easily have been transported to an early 20th century British manor house. Since she (I assume) based the family in the book on information in actual ancient letters, there are some mentions of Egyptian rites and customs, but it would have been nice to have more information and a stronger sense of place. Otherwise, still a good read!
Decent, but not great. The mystery is set in ancient Egypt, but the sense of place is undeveloped and bland; it did not transform me to Egypt at all. Better stick with England.
It's the usual set up- a murder with a limited set of suspects and keeps you guessing till the end whodone it.
Agatha Christine did a great job setting this mystery ancient Egypt. I didn't want to put it down till I was finished.
It's Agatha Christie - as soon as you start reading it carefully, you realize how awkward a lot of the dialogue is, and how antiquated the phrasing, but still, there's nothing quite like curling up on a chair with a cup of tea and pulling one of these out. Classic.
This publication of the book had a lot of typos, which was very distracting. In fact, I've never seen so many in one book. I hope when it's time to be replaced, the library will purchase a different version. The book itself is a quick, easy and engaging read, merging Ms. Christie's fortes of mystery and romance.
My favorite of Mrs. Christie’s books—I love Ancient Egypt since I was a little kid. Mrs. Christie (whose husband, Sir Max Mallowan was an archaeologist) got inspiration from the the Heqanakht papyri, found in the tomb of Ipi, and translated by egyptologist Battiscombe Gunn. They were letters from a man called Hekanakht to his family; he was a “Ka-servant” and took care of Ipi’s tomb. (An interesting report of these letters is found in the Metropolitan Museum “Report, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Egyptian Expedition 1921-1922” and Herbert Winlock’s “Hekanakht Writes to His Household,” among other books.)
One of Christie's mystery classics, without Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot, set in ancient Egypt. A really good story about overt and hidden evil in a family.
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