|“||Simon was mine and he loved me, then she came along and... sometimes, I just want to put this gun right against her head, and ever so gently, pull the trigger. When I hear that sound more and more...||„|
|~ Jacqueline de Bellefort to Poirot, on the terms of Linnet (in 1978 film)|
Linnet Doyle, née Ridgeway, is the first victim of Death on the Nile, a Hercule Poirot novel written by the late Agatha Christie, which one of the most legendary works by Christie herself.
Linnet Ridgeway is a rich and successful socialite, and the former best friend of Jacqueline de Bellefort and the wife of Simon Doyle, whom she intentionally stolen from Jacqueline and broke their friendship apart. It fueled the hatred from both Jacqueline and Simon, motivating them into killing her and take her money for revenge.
- In the 1978 film adaptation of Death on the Nile, Linnet was portrayed by Lois Chiles, who also portrayed Millie Bingham Stafford in Murder, She Wrote.
- In the 2004 TV episode adaptation of the novel, featured in Agatha Christie's Poirot, she was portrayed by Emily Blunt, who also voiced Tempest Shadow in My Little Pony: The Movie and played Freya in The Huntsman: A Winter's Tale.
- In the upcoming 2020 film adaptation, she will be portrayed by Gal Gadot, who also portrayed Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious franchise.
Linnet first appeared in the novel requesting Poirot for help, since she discovered that her former best friend, Jacqueline, was in a fit of murderous hatred towards her due to marrying Jacqueline's ex-lover, Simon Doyle. Although initially presented as a victim of the story, Linnet Ridgeway is actually considered as a villainous victim, like many other victims in Agatha Christie's works that are even worse and more despicable than their killers.
Vainglorious, spoiled and deceiving, Linnet betrayed the friendship between her and Jacqueline by Simon for herself, fueling both Jacqueline and Simon's motive into killing her for revenge and her money.
Alongside her maid Louise Bourget, because of her actions, Linnet is shown as one of the two unsympathetic victims of Death on the Nile, while Simon and Jacqueline are considered as two of the most sympathetic murderers in Agatha Christie's works. Even so, there are hints that Linnet is remorseful over her actions and treachery towards her former best friend.