Death On The Nile: You too can sail on the ship that inspired Agatha Christie to write her classic murder mystery that’s been made into a new film

There’s a murder afloat: A scene from the new Death On The Nile film (Picture: Disney)

Many of us like to pick up a book while we’re on a cruise – Agatha Christie was inspired to write one.

While travelling in Egypt with her husband Max Mallowan in 1933, the queen of suspense came up with the plot for one of her most famous murder mysteries, Death On The Nile, which is now being released as a new blockbuster film.

In the Kenneth Branagh movie – in cinemas from February 11 – Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s holiday on a glamorous river steamer turns into a search for a killer when a couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short.

Pyramid sailing: The SS Sudan

If you want to relive the grandeur without the gore, you can sail on the same ship as Christie did – the SS Sudan, which is back on the Nile after being abandoned at one stage for 50 years.

The 46-passenger vessel displays the same elegance as it did in the 1930s – and you can even stay in the Agatha Christie suite or Hercule Poirot cabin.

You might want to keep an eye on your fellow passengers, though…

Nile style: the SS Sudan retains its old elegance (Picture: Zoe Fidji)

Death On The Nile is a 20th Century Studios film on release from February 11

A 10-day Taste of the Nile trip on the SS Sudan costs from £3,565pp, based on two sharing and including return flights, all transfers, five nights’ B&B hotel accommodation, four nights’ all-inclusive accommodation on the ship and guided tours throughout (Original Travel, 020 3582 4990,

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