Linnet Doyle portrayed by Lois Chiles

Linnet Doyle (née Ridgeway) is the murder victim in the center of Death on the Nile. She inherited a fortune from her American grandfather and was very beautiful. She bought the estate Wode Hall (near Malton-under-Wode) from Sir George Wode, who had gone bankrupt.

One of her suitors, before her marriage, was Charles Windlesham.

When discussing the passengers onboard the S.S. Karnak, Poirot and Mrs Allerton likened Linnet to the Queen in Alice in Wonderland ("Off with her head."), with a bit of the Naboth's vineyard touch.

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She was murdered by her husband Simon Doyle who was working together with his former lover Jacqueline de Bellefort, who was Linnet's old friend.

For more information on the crime, consult Jacqueline de Bellefort's page.

Family[edit | edit source]

Linnet was the daughter of Melhuish Ridgeway and Anna Hartz. Her maternal grandfather, Leopold Hartz, was an American millionaire.

Portrayals[edit | edit source]

In the 1978 Ustinov adaptation of Death on the Nile, Linnet is portrayed by actress Lois Chiles. Unlike the original novel, many more people on the S. S. Karnak had a grudge against her and the list of plausible suspects is much longer. Dr Bessner refers to Linnet as "the young kaugummi heiress". Kaugummi means chewing gum and suggests that her father's main source of wealth was in the manufacture of chewing gum. This is not found in the original novel.

In the 2004 Agatha Christie's Poirot episode, Linnet was portrayed by actress Emily Blunt.

In the 2020 film, Linnet will be portrayed by actress Gal Gadot.

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