In the novel Death on the Nile, Cornelia Ruth Robson is a young woman who lives at The Red House, Bellfield, Connecticut. She is a cousin of Marie Van Schuyler. Her father Ned was almost forced into bankruptcy, due to Melhuish Ridgeway's economic speculations. She went with her wealthy relative on a boat trip on the Nile. On the trip she met, and fell in love with Dr. Carl Bessner, who proposed to her.