Monday, August 10, 2015

Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie

Title: Death Comes as the End

Author: Agatha Christie

Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 2012 (first published 1944)

Pages: 252

Summary:  It is Egypt in 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 it was fate—she deserved to die like a snake!

But at her father's house on the banks of the Nile, the priest's daughter Renisenb believes that the woman's death is suspicious. Increasingly, she becomes convinced that the source of evil lurks within their household—and watches helplessly as the family's passions explode in murder. . . (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:  After reading and really enjoying Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None a few years ago, I was pretty excited to read more by her.  I picked up Death Comes as the End not long after I finished And Then There Were None as this is supposedly the book that has the most murders.  It's also set in Ancient Egypt which is something that very much interests me.  While I wasn't really counting, I did feel as though there weren't that many murders but I could have just missed something somewhere.

I do have to say that it took me a little bit to get used to the names. They're all Egyptian names so it took me a little bit to figure out who was who but once I did I found myself quite enjoying the book.  This book is interesting as it has a personal/ kind of romance element to it, which I really wasn't expecting.  There are a few times where it is discussed who Renisenb should marry.  I honestly didn't think that part was too interesting to me as I was more interested in the mystery aspect.

There are so many suspects in this book that I really didn't manage to guess who the murderer was.  So it was quite a surprise once it had been revealed who it was.  I did have one theory that I thought to be a pretty good one, but unfortunately it wasn't that.

I thought that Death Comes as the End was quite interesting but it just wasn't on the same level as And Then There Were None.  That being said, it was a good mystery in itself.  I am definitely looking forward to reading more of Agatha Christie's books and I think that my next choice will be either a Poirot or Miss Marple mystery.

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