There are several different editions of Death on the Nile, the book I'm reading is a paperback published by Bantam Books in 1971. The chapters are short and filled with details. I'll start by summarizing chapters 1 -3. Happy Reading!
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The story begins as two men watch young Linnet Ridgeway get out of her red Rolls Royce and enter the post office in Malton-under-Wode, England. The two men discuss wealthy Miss Ridgeway and her expensive new house.
The Daily Blague reports that Linnet Ridgeway was seen dining with the Joanna Southwood, Lord Windlesham and Mr. Toby Bryce at Chez Ma Tante. Linnet is the daughter of Melhuish and Anna (nee Hartz) Ridgeway. Linnet inherited a fortune from her grandfather, Leopold Hartz. There are rumors of a forthcoming engagement announcement from Linnet and Lord Windlesham.
Joanna Southwood, 27, visits Linnet, 20, at her house, Wode Hall. During their talk in Linnet’s bedroom, Joanna asks to wear Linnet’s expensive pearl necklace. Joanna asks if Linnet will marry Charles Windlesham, Linnet says she isn’t ready to marry anyone. Linnet receives a call from an old friend, Jacqueline (Jackie) de Bellefort, who is coming to visit. Jackie’s father ran off with another woman and her mother lost her money during the Wall Street crash. Joanna says it best to drop her unfortunate friend, as she will surely ask for money. Linnet defends her friendship with Jackie. The maid, Marie, leaves the room, it appears she been crying. Linnet says she investigated the man Marie was supposed to marry and found he already had a wife and family. Joanna says Linnet is so good at doing the right thing that she must have a lot of enemies. Linnet comments, “Why, I haven’t got an enemy in the world!”