Cover Collection: Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile


1. Harper // 2. Black Dog & Leventhal // 3. Harper Paperbacks // 4. HarperCollins // 5. Penguin Putnam // 6. HarperCollins

I have very fond memories of Death on the Nile because it was one of the first Agatha Christie novels that I ever read. I’ve always had a romantic fascination with Egypt and so this novel really appealed to me when I was about 15 and just starting to read golden age mysteries. I like cover #1 because the colors are beautiful, but #4 also catches the eye. #6 is just magnificent in its 70’s gaudiness. Which cover do you like? What is your favorite Poirot novel?

Here are a few links that you might want to check out this weekend:

Ali from Heavenali is hosting a Barbara Pym Virtual Tea Party on June 2, Pym’s 100th birthday. You can visit the Facebook page to join in!

I was just telling a friend of mine that I wished someone would remake Rebecca – it looks like my wish has been granted.

An interview with the amazing Elizabeth Strout where she recommends that President Obama read Barbara Pym.

A handy map that shows the settings for each Mary Stewart suspense novel.

Enjoy your weekend!

20 thoughts on “Cover Collection: Death on the Nile

  1. jessicabookworm

    I find myself drawn to the #1, #4, and #5. Shockingly I still haven’t read anything by Agatha Christie! I do have Murder on the Orient Express on my TBR pile though which has a cover in the style of #1.


    1. Oh, you have to read her Jessica! Her books are so timeless and clever. I really enjoy them. I’m starting to prefer Miss Marple, but the Poirot books are wonderful too.


  2. Lisa

    The film of this was one of the first I ever saw on my own, and it scared me a bit, when the murder was played over & over with different suspects. But my trusty old copy has the cast on the cover. I really like the first one, though it suggests Death in the Dunes rather than the Nile! I think this one & Murder on the Orient Express are my favorite among the Poriot novels, or at least the ones I re-read most often.


    1. I agree with you about #1 – it does look like sand! I’ve never seen a film adaptation of Nile because I was afraid it would be ruined for me, but I might be open to watching one now that I’m older.


      1. Lisa

        It is NOTHING like the book, well, except for the murder. I enjoy it for the cast, but I just pretend it’s a completley different story.


  3. Sam (Tiny Library)

    I own cover number 1 and coincidentally, it will be my first Agatha Christie too! When I get around to reading it, that is….


  4. JoAnn (Lakeside Musing)

    Great links, especially the Elizabeth Strout article. I heard her speak at the Gifford Lecture Series in Syracuse a year or two ago – she is truly amazing!
    I like covers 2 and 5 best 🙂


    1. Ooh, jealous that you got to hear her speak. Olive Kitteridge is one of my favorite novels and I’d love to hear her thoughts on writing. I have her newest one, The Burgess Boys, on my TBR.


  5. Charlie

    Oo, this is a difficult choice, I like them all. I think I’d only be able to choose with more knowledge of the plot, otherwise #1 appeals most because of the font. Thank you for the news about Rebecca! Ironically I was just thinking how good that would be, too, though I’m not sure I’m keen on what’s included in the article.


  6. Karen K.

    I like #2, I love that whole series. I like the element of the black and white photos, they’re so timeless. I haven’t read Death on the Nile in years but just yesterday my daughter (aged 11) asked me to please buy the DVD of Murder on the Orient Express, which she loves — the 1974 version, which my mother took me to see as a youngster (surprisingly, this did not scar me for life — the child kidnapping is pretty scary).

    Oh, and this same child shares a birthday with Barbara Pym!!! Sadly, I’ll be working that day, so maybe I’ll have to take my scones and tea to the library that day.


    1. It is so awesome that your daughter loves Murder on the Orient Express! Most 11 year olds I know would not be interested in that at all. I haven’t seen the 1974 version, but I really like the recent David Suchet version.
      Your daughter is so fortunate to share her birthday with such a great author. I was afraid that I would be working June 2nd, too, but I got lucky! I am working the Saturday, but the Sunday leaves me free to join the tea party.


  7. Miss Bibliophile

    I like #2 the best, although it’s the least like what I typically think of as an Agatha Christie cover. That’s interesting news about the Rebecca remake. I wonder who they’ll cast in the roles….


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