- We have added Loise Bourget, Linnet's new maid to replace Marie, and Colonel Race, an acquaintance of Hercule Poirot. Why have these characters been added to an already large cast of characters?
- Linnet had a near miss with a loose boulder while touring Abu Simbel--an accident, right?
- Linnet has opened a very cryptic telegram addressed to Signor Richetti. What could the message mean, and why is Richetti so angry about her opening this?
- Mr. Ferguson has stated, quite vehemently, that Linnet Ridgeway Doyle is the kind of person who should be shot. Why does he feel this way?
- Miss Van Schuyler has misplaced her velvet stole--what could have happened to it? Could this be important?
- Jackie has gotten drunk and acted the fool--shooting Simon and then having hysterics. Why did Jackie shoot Simon?
- Jim Fanthorpe claims that he couldn't find the gun Jackie used to shoot Simon. Could he be hiding it? Who else could have taken it?
- Linnet has been shot and has implicated her murderer by drawing a J on the cabin wall in her own blood... Doesn't this seem rather clichéd?
- Dr. Bessner has attended to Simon's badly wounded leg and had Miss Bowers and Cornelia tend to Jackie. Is everyone accounted for?
- Something was tossed overboard during the night as Jim Fanthorpe thought he heard a splash... What could have been thrown in the water, and why was it thrown off the boat?
- Louise finds Linnet murdered the next morning, and as Colonel Race and Hercule Poirot start their investigation into Linnet's murder, they are informed by Dr. Bessner that her death was instantaneous. So, who drew the J on the wall? Why?
- And, on top of everything else, Linnet's pearls, which Joanna asked to wear to dinner in the beginning of the book, have gone missing... Who could have taken them, and why did the thief take them?
- Finally, we have been given a diagram of the location of the cabins on the SS Karnak [page 193 in my edition], and the diagram includes cabin assignments. Why is it important that we know which cabin belongs to which passenger?
Lots of questions... Do you have any thoughts, ideas, or answers? Have you made a not of who you think the murderer is and put it in your book in anticipation of when Hercule Poirot solves these crimes?
Don't forget to post at least twice this week--once in response to one or more of my questions, and once in response to someone else's post. Of course, you CAN respond more than twice!
Teacher Barb :)