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Summary

It is Egypt, 2000 BC, where death gives meaning to life. At the foot of a cliff lies the broken, twisted body of Nofret, concubine to a Ka-priest. Young, beautiful, and venomous, most agree that she deserved to die like a snake. Yet Renisenb, the priest's daughter, believes that the woman's death was not fate, but murder. Increasingly, she becomes convinced that the source of evil lurks within her own father's household. As the wife of an eminent archaeologist, Agatha Christie took part in several expeditions to the Middle East. Drawing upon this experience and exhaustive research, she wrote this serial killer mystery laid in Egypt 4000 years ago.
©1945 Agatha Christie Limited. A Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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"More realistic than many a thriller-writer's idea of London." ( Evening Standard)
"Startlingly new...my already insensate admiration for her leaps even higher." ( Observer)

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A rather unusal Christie whodunit

I have to admit to a bias here: this is my favourite Christie novel but putting that aside - if you like murder then you have to have this in your collection. Its a wonderfully atomspheric tale that grips and absorbs you all the way through. It is brilliantly performed by Emilia Fox who is a joy to listen to. Download and enjoy!

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My favourite Agatha Christie novel

I always enjoy any Agatha Christie novel however this one is my favourite above them all. It's always my go to if I need a familiar story if I'm travelling or if I need to unwind.
Would recommend it to anyone.

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Favourite book of all time

Loved every second. Its my favourite Agatha Christie book and its so great to be able to listen to it. Highly recommend.

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Not enjoyable

Something of agatha Christie not of the norm and did not enjoy...seemed upsetting of the reason to murder...lots of red herrings

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enjoyable ancient Egyptian murder mystery

Listened to this after hearing about it on The Rest is History podcast. Agatha Christie's second husband was an archaeologist and she went on many digs in the near East. So she took inspiration from that, and did a murder mystery on the near the Nile of ancient Egypt. Nice twist at the end, as you would expect from Agatha Christie, but also I haven't listened to enough to know whether this is one of her best.

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Kept me engrossed throughout.

I loved this. Beautifully performed by Emilia Fox to the point I began to think of each character as completely different people and forgot it was just one performer. I didn’t guess whodunnit until the end and I enjoyed the book so much I didn’t fast forward once. Brilliant!

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  • 23-02-22

Not more than okay

I am a big fan of Agatha Christie, but this book is definitely not one of her best. It is again her well known theme of having many killings arounds, but I was disappointed from how she describes women. As if women are always mean to each other. This is too flat. Also, it is unlikely to think that this was the way young members of the family spoke to the elderly ones, let alone to their father in those ancient times. It is true that women had power in ancient Egypt in the question of inheritance, but not the right to choose their husbands for example. All in all, if you have a better book to read, don't bother with this one.

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  • mr kieran j murphy
  • 10-05-20

really interesting

this is a really interesting agatha Christie novel which calls heavily on her archeology knowledge and is also a very good detective novel.