Death Comes As the End

June 16, 2016 - Comment

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,

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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.

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Antoinette Klein says:

Completely Different From All Other Christies Agatha Christie has a complete change of pace as she takes the reader to ancient Egypt for this exciting tour de force. It might seem an unusual step for a writer who specialized in 20th century murder set in cozy English villages, but all the passions that lead to murder—jealousy, envy, greed, love, hate—are apparently timeless. Christie’s research was painstaking and she is able to give us the exact details of this ancient life down to the type of food they ate and the type of clothes…

Michele L. Worley says:

Country house mystery, though not a party, in 2000 BC 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? 

Gary F. Taylor says:

A Christie Curiosity DEATH COMES AS THE END is a true Christie curiosity. Inspired by both her archeologist husband and then-recent archeological finds, Christie sets her tale of murder and mayhem in ancient Egypt. Even so, the story remains pure Christie: a long widowed landowner brings the beautiful young woman with whom he has fallen in love to his home–and she quickly upsets the household by manipulating a series of confrontations that so enrage her lover that he threatens to disinherit his children in her…

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