Superman loves mysteries. The first book series he fell in love with was the A to Z mysteries. He obsessively collected all of them. Now, he’s a bit old for those books, but he still loves mysteries (though he’s added military sci-fi into his books he loves), so when he was allowed to pick a book to read for the month, he chose Agatha’ Christie’s Death on the Nile. He happily read the book and then we had a fun Death on the Nile book club as we discussed the book and watched the movie (where he explained all the ways it diverted from the book), and generally had a fun time.
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Death on the Nile
Death on the Nile follows Hercule Poirot who is on vacation cruising down the Nile (famous detectives should never go on vacation, they are always derailed) when one his fellow shipmates is found dead. He investigates and solves the mystery with his usual aplomb.
Death on the Nile book club snacks
Superman and I got together for lunch and talked about the book, and then he helped me brain storm our Death on the Nile book club snacks for while we watched the movie with his siblings.
- Tea sandwiches- much like our years ago UK meal of tea for dinner, we made cucumber sandwiches, which is always a big hit (cucumber, cream cheese, a bit of dill and garlic salt, is DELICIOUS)
- kebabs- a vaguely Egyptian meal, we pretty much marinated chicken and grilled it (check out our Greek kebabs)
- perfect egg- Poirot is obsessed with getting the perfectly cooked egg, and rather than make soft-boiled eggs which no one likes we used robin egg candy
- knife- because of course a knife is involved in the murder, so we had pretzel sticks
- handkerchief- graham cracker with marshmallow fluff
- suspects- sour patch kids (again my kids currently love these and use every excuse to make them a snack)
- Greek yogurt- because he has started off in Greece in the story, I think, now that I wrote that down I’m starting to question myself
- J- sugar cookies with the letter J written on there in frosting, this was a misleading clue in the novel
- boat- apple wedges because the entire story takes place on a boat
- scones- to go with the tea theme, we didn’t make the pumpkin scones in my recipe up above, but some lemon scones that were wildly popular
- blacksmith- marshmallows with pretzel sticks to represent a blacksmith hammer. Though now that I look at the picture, we put the pretzel sticks in the wrong way…
- crumpets- now that I know how to make these, I love making them, it’s a quick and fun recipe to make
- shattered bone- I didn’t think of a good snack for this one, I thought of the Halloween candy, OH wait! There’s a fun Bonz Candy you can buy
Honestly we didn’t discuss much in this book club
Agatha Christie created all the tropes we know now. She is the start of the “closed room murder” and gathering all of the suspects in a room.
So we discussed tropes, and how what she created is now seen as old hat.
Her persnickety detective is now a type. Though you can probably compare him easily to Sherlock Holmes, which would be a fun discussion.
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