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Yahmose is the main antagonist of the late's Agatha Christie's 1944 historical mystery novel, Death Comes as the End, which is notable for her only novel that does not happen in 20th century. The novel is also notable for being the first example of historical detective fiction (aka historical whodunit) ever.
He will also appear in the novel's upcoming 2021 BBC miniseries adaptation, albeit in an unknown role instead of the killer.
Originally, before being snapped, Yahmose was a dutiful, noble and loyal prince and protector of his father. At first, due to his apparently justified motive, Yahmose used to be considered as tragic due to the constant abuse he suffered from most of his family in spite of his loyalty. However, after killing Nofret, he eventually turned into a lunatic who relished in the feeling of murder and even killed innocent people, most notably a slave boy whom he coerced to be his accomplice, and his wise and kind grandmother Esa. It gradually killed all the empathy and sympathetic features he had inside.
In other words, it originally seemed that Yahmose was a noble but henpecked man, but the later story with him as the killer had showed him to be violent at the core. Like the rest of his family, Yahmose's lurking dark side was sparkled with the arrival of Nofret, but unlike others, it eventually turned into a murderous rage and gradually made him into a monster in human skin.
Born in a large family of Ancient Egypt, in its Middle Kingdom Period, Yahmose is the eldest son of priest Imhotep and the husband of his abusive wife, Satipy. became violent vengeful once his father married a new wife named Nofret, who became his first victim. However, after killing Nofret, Yahmose began to relish in the power given to him through murder, so he went on in a killing spree against the rest of his family out of pure spite.
According to Hori, the evil already lied within the family when Renisenb was absent, and Nofret's arrival only stirred the darkness within rather than bringing darkness from the outside. Yahmose was originally a loyal and kind man at first, but being bullied by his wife and his brothers had drove him to the edge, although people except Hori hardly ever notice.
The trigger of Yahmose's murderous rage was definitely his father's threat and Nofret's abuse, and thus he pushed her from the cliff. This act was discovered by Satipy, who was horrified by what her husband had become and became much more docile than her formerly condescending self. It was the first sign that there was something wrong with Yahmose.
If Yahmose only killed Nofret and stopped, then he would not became worse. Nevertheless, little did Satipy or the other family members knew that Yahmose had found pleasure and enjoyment from killing Nofret, feeling much more powerful than before. Then, he started to kill anyone in his path to feel excitement of vengeance and murder.
After luring his wife out and killed her, Yahmose manipulate his arrogant brother Sobek into a drink with him, with poisoned wine inside both of their cups. Since Sobek was a man of excessive taste, he drank more than the lethal dose, while Yahmose calculated the risk by drinking a little that is below lethal dose so that he could survive. The aforementioned slave boy was coerced to be Yahmose's accomplice, but was eventually poisoned to silent him.
As for the death of Esa, Ipy, Henet and the attempted murder of Renisenb, it was out of nothing else of Yahmose desperate trying to avoid his exposure as the killer and/or getting rid of potential threats towards his goals. Thankfully, Hori arrived and killed Yahmose, saving Renisenb and ending such terror. When she eventually met with the choice between Kameni and Hori, Renisenb then chose to marry Hori out of gratefulness.
- Body counts: 7+
- If any adaptation was excluded, Yahmose holds the record of the third largest victims counts in Agatha Christie's crime fictions, losing only to the mastermind and his conspiracy organization in The Pale Horse, and the culprit in And Then There Were None.
- However, he has the second largest on-screen murder counts committed by one single killer in the main story's progress, losing only to the culprit in And Then There Were None, again.
- The suggestion to base the story of Death Comes At the End in ancient Egypt came from noted Egyptologist and Chrsitie's family friend Stephen Glanville.
- The novel is based on real letters translated by egyptologist Battiscombe Gunn, from the Egyptian Middle Kingdom period, written by a man called Heqanakhte to his family, complaining about their behaviour and treatment of his concubine.
- He is considered to be one of the cruelest murderers in Agatha Christie's novels, if not the most evil ones, because of his remorseless actions to kill anyone around him, including his family, for pure sadism and spite.
- The ending of Death Comes at the End had been rewritten under Glanville's suggestion, although Agatha Christie claimed that she preferred her original ending for the novel. What the original ending contained is unknown.
- It was stated that the killer's identity will be changed in the novel's upcoming BBC miniseries adaptation, possibly meaning Yahmose will not be the killer (but someone else will). However, it remained to be see if Yahmose would still take on an antagonistic role like his brothers.
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