The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful. A girl who had everything ' until she lost her life.
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Excerpt from Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
'That's her!' said Mr Burnaby, the landlord of the Three Crowns.
He nudged his companion.
The two men stared with round bucolic eyes and slightly open mouths.
A big scarlet Rolls-Royce had just stopped in front of the local post office.
A girl jumped out, a girl without a hat and wearing a frock that looked (but only looked) simple. A girl with golden hair and straight autocratic features-a girl with a lovely shape-a girl such as was seldom seen in Malton-under-Wode.
With a quick imperative step she passed into the post office.
'That's her!' said Mr Burnaby again. And he went on in a low awed voice: 'Millions she's got...... Going to spend thousands on the place. Swimming-pools there's going to be, and Italian gardens and a ballroom and half of the house pulled down and rebuilt......... '
'She'll bring money into the town,' said his friend. He was a lean, seedy-looking man. His tone was envious and grudging.
Mr Burnaby agreed.
'Yes, it's a great thing for Malton-under-Wode. A great thing it is.'
Mr Burnaby was complacent about it.
'Wake us all up proper,' he added.
'Bit of difference from Sir George,' said the other.
'Ah, it was the 'orses did for him,' said Mr Burnaby indulgently. 'Never 'ad no luck.'
'What did he get for the place?'
'A cool sixty thousand, so I've heard.'
The lean man whistled.
Mr Burnaby went on triumphantly: 'And they say she'll have spent another sixty thousand before she's finished!'
'Wicked!' said the lean man. 'Where'd she get all that money from?'