Once again, Hercule Poirot finds himself dealing with murder on what was supposed to be a holiday. Linnet Doyle, the beautiful newlywed heiress, has been murdered on her honeymoon cruise in Egypt. The obvious suspect is her husband’s jilted ex-fiancee, but the ex-fiancee has an ironclad alibi, and there’s more than one passenger on the ship with a secret to hide.
This book kept me guessing as to the murderer’s identity, and it was a satisfying read. No Hastings in this one, although Poirot mentions him fondly. For trivia enthusiasts, this novel features a few allusions to earlier Christie works. Most notably, Col. Race, one of the sleuths involved in Cards on the Table helps Poirot with his investigation; in addition, one of the passengers mentions being acquainted with one of the characters from The Mystery of the Blue Train, and Poirot alludes to the events of Murder on the Orient Express.