Just when I was thinking an author cannot surprise me more, this book comes along. Quaint English villages weren’t enough for murder mysteries, perhaps, so Dame Agatha Christie goes a step further with this… a crime fiction in ancient Egypt.
Family dynamics are so interesting. In this book, the head of the family, Imhotep seems to be the dominant voice. He runs the family and wants it run how he deems right. Imhotep is a priest of Thebes as well. Imhotep brings home a concubine, Nofret much to the shock of his children Yahmose, Sobek, Ipy and Renisenb, as well as daughter-in-laws Satipy and Kait. There’s also a maid Henet who talks boldly and seems to be eager to add fuel to any fire that is near. The manipulative Nofret begins to get on the family’s nerves, knowing well that she would have the support of Imhotep if someone harms her. When Nofret’s lifeless body is discovered, the question arises… did she fall, or was she brutally murdered?
I loved this book because of that family dynamics that Agatha Christie exploits to give us suspects. No one can really be ruled out, and when one seems about to be ruled out or pointed at, a twist points in a whole other direction. Because there’s family drama involved to set the scene before the death, the pace seems slow and narration quite descriptive. There’s also a minor love story inside the book which distracts at times. The end was quite unpredictable, I felt. I didn’t expect that from that character, though after the explanation, it seems entirely possible. There are also a few memorable lines in the book, philosophy that’s exchanged between two of the characters that I loved. The lack of pace in the early parts, not helped by the names of the characters being a bit hard too, is my only complaint.
I enjoyed reading this Christie book a lot, and am happy that it was chosen for our book club in January. It makes me eager to try some of her standalone crime fiction books now as well.
|Title: Death Comes As The End|
|Author(s): Agatha Christie||Genre: Crime Fiction|
|ISBN/ASIN: 9780007282395||Publisher: Harper Collins|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
11th February 2018)