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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (27 Nov 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006163734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006163732
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 1.5 x 11.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,635,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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'A decided novelty - startling in all directions' New York Herald Tribune 'Besides giving us a mystery story quite up to her own high standards, Agatha Christie has succeeded admirably in picturing the people of ancient Egypt as living persons and not as resurrected mummies' New York Times

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However not all the members of his family welcome her and when she is found dead it is Imhotep’s daughter Renisenb who suspects it might not have been an accident.

This death unleashes the greed and hate that have been building up within the family and the horrific events that follow tear it apart. With few allies she can confide in, even Renisenb has to constantly look over her shoulder.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on 1 Jan 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Life on the estate of the ka-priest Imhotep doesn't seem to have changed at all in the eight years of Renisenb's marriage; returning to her father's house upon her husband's death, its stability comforts her, even though it isn't entirely peaceful. But how much of the impression of changelessness is wishful thinking?
Her eldest brother, Yahmose, gentle, conscientious, reliable, is still henpecked by his strident wife Satipy, urging him to demand that Imhotep create a legal agreement giving Yahmose formal administrative status. The middle brother, Sobek, is a womanizer given to high living, who fancies himself a great man; his wife, Kait, may seem solid and stupid, but she's devoted to her children, and won't let him abandon their heritage however piqued he is with his father. Young Ipy, at sixteen, is no longer a pretty sight after being spoiled for so long.
Then middle-aged Imhotep returns from a trip to Memphis and puts a cat among the pigeons: he introduces his new 19-year-old concubine, Nofret. She's unhappy at being tied to this fussy old tyrant on his backwater estate, after Memphis, but works to ensnare his affection - and facing the family's hostile reaction (except the amusement of Imhotep's aged mother, Esa), begins undermining them with him. (Christie gradually, skillfully illuminates Nofret's character; she's no cardboard evil temptress, and not really evil at all.)
During another of Imhotep's trips, the cold war between Satipy, Kait, and Nofret comes to a head when Kait slaps Nofret - who then reports the truth and nothing but the truth in a letter to Imhotep, supported by testimony from the staff. Imhotep's reply falls like a boulder into a pool: Yahmose and Sobek are to be disinherited, while Imhotep will marry his concubine.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Dec 2001
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I have read everything Agatha Christie has ever written, and i think this one is definitely the best.
Even such masterpieces as Murder on the Orient Express, Towards Zero, Murder in Mesopotamia and Ordeal by Innocence pale in comparison with this brilliant piece of writing. With this book, she outdoes Paul Doherty and Ellis Peters at their own game with just a single blow.
The characters are great, the plot is great, the setting is the most interesting ever.
This is her best novel. It's nothing short of fabulous.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A M Reeves on 1 Jun 2012
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It is often said that Christie is good on plots and poor on characters. I tend to disagree. She excels at presently characters economically. Motivation is everything in this book. The desires, weakness and capabilities of each character are examined. It is all about what drives people and what they are capable of if their happiness or desires are threatened.
The setting of ancient Egypt is convincingly presented and adds an extra dimension to the story. This book is so much better than any TV presentation of her stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pollycatlover on 27 April 2011
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I am amazed that this book is not better known, I have read everything that she has written but this is definitely her best. Real characters, fanatastic historical content and an excellent plot. Also an impressive body count.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Van Maele on 3 Aug 2013
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Good reading, now I can complete my collection of Agatha Christie's (in the signature edition) and read all the mysterie novels
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SEM on 16 Nov 2012
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This Christie novel eschews her most famous detectives and although I'm fond of both Poirot and Miss Marple, it's good to leave them behind occasionally. This book is, I believe, rather unfairly overlooked when assessing the Christie catalogue - that is a big mistake as it is a superb read.

A historical mystery set in ancient Egypt and told from the POV of young widow Renisenb who returns to her family home after the death of her husband. Members of her family are murdered in turn by varying methods and each time you think you have the guilty party sussed they fall victim themselves. It is atmospheric and downright creepy at times and I could absolutely feel the undercurrents of evil within the claustrophobic surroundings of the family. Not having a character in the story actively 'solving' the murders works just fine.

This is a really enjoyable and inspired read.
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By DJF on 12 Aug 2014
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Set in Ancient Egypt this is a slightly unusual murder mystery from Agatha Christie. Not a hint or glimpse of Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple. Imhotep arrives home from visiting his lands in the North with a new concubine, Nofret. As an unwelcome outsider in the household Nofret becomes a catalyst for all of the uncertainity and unpleasant undercurrents in the house, resulting in murders.
This is one of the best Agatha Christie mysteries that I have read and ranks alongside her classic works, Death on the Nile and Murder on the Orient Express. The setting of Ancient Egypt is somewhat unusual but forms the perfect background for this sort of tale. The relationship between the many women of the house and their reaction to this unwelcome outsider that is thrust upon them is excellent. The sniping and petty attacks on Nofret are well portrayed and typical of any close group of women who feel threatened by an outsider. It is the relationships of the characters and their reactions to events and each other which really make this work.
There is no great detective in this book. We follow the story from the point of view of Renisenb, the widowed daughter of Imhotep who has recently returned to her Father's house. However, as it is not actually narrated by her we do have insights that she does not. We are party to her thoughts and discussions with her grandmother & the business manager Hori. However, despite this and a steadily decreasing pool of suspects (there was more than one murder!) I still managed to arrive at the wrong conclusion.
This is a light detective novel which flowed well and was quick and easy to read. It was an enjoyable read and I hope to discover that she wrote other books in a similar setting that I have yet to read.
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