Death Comes As the End Paperback – 3 Mar 2008
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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.--This text refers to the Audio CD edition. See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Why this isn't on top ten or even top 5 Agatha Christie lists- that's the real mystery.
Wasn't able to put it down, finished within the day- the end will take your breath away.
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Like all of Agatha Christie's novels, this one is a delight to read in the original text – many subtleties of her usage of the language are lost in translation, however well that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by PSZ
This is an Agatha Christie mystery set in Ancient Egypt. Although in a totally different setting to her usual mysteries it follows the tried and trusted formula of murder in a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Damo Green