Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

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Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.
Publisher: Collins,
ISBN: 9780002315395
0002315394
Branch Call Number: AF CHRI
Alternative Title: Murder in the Calais Coach

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JCLMeganK Dec 07, 2017

Fantastic! This is the first Agatha Christie book I've read and I really enjoyed the subtle humor and the fact that while this is indeed a mystery, it is what I would consider a light read. However, Christie does a great job of keeping this light, fun read engaging for the reader. I will definitely be reading more of her books!

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MaxCW26
Dec 04, 2017

Great book, easy read that goes quickly.

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thisisevanlee
Dec 03, 2017

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Murder on the Orient Express is a thrilling tale of a murder that mysteriously takes place on the famous Orient Express (as the title suggests). Detective Hercule Poirot, who is aboard the express, now faces the challenging task of identifying the murderer amongst the twelve passengers that are all suspects of the crime before the killer escapes. With the help of M.Bouc whom is the director of the Compagnie Wagon Lits, and Dr. Constantine, a coroner aboard the express, the three work together, to piece all the evidence they discover to try unmask the hidden killer.

This is the first work I've read from Agatha Christie and I will defiantly say it will not be the last. Murder on the Orient Express is a fantastic novel that captures the reader almost immediately and entices them to quickly follow the story along, becoming invested in the investigation that our main protagonist, Detective Hercule Poiriot conducts. With each chapter from the moment the investigation is underway readers will find themselves putting evidence together and making guesses at who might the hidden murder be among the crowd of characters whom all are as entertaining to learn about as each other.
Christie does a fantastic job at making each character different, and giving each one a different reason to act, respond and even look the way they are described to do. This creates a never dull or boring moment within the book which helps tremendously when our Detective seats each suspect down and cross examines them. That alone may sound repetitive and cause for an eyeroll but Christie manages to overcome that initial judgement by giving each character something new to bring to the table.
Christie also does a great job at being sure that with each page turn the reader is never left certain at which suspect the murderer could be, no matter how sure the reader may seem on their decision, which in the long run creates great shock factor and suspense.

Though the story may seem perfect as I describe it to be it does come with its flaws. The story does seem to start off at a slow pace, which can give readers are hard time to follow through and become invested in the book at first, but once the mystery commences that is sure to change entirely. Christie also chooses to include a fair use to the French language in the novel, this can throw some readers off and maybe even irritate and confuse others but in the context which it is all written readers can easily understand what characters are trying to convey. The main downfall to the novel and defiantly the biggest is the ending itself. Readers by the last chapter will defiantly have their own suspect they believe is the murderer after piecing together their version of the evidence presented throughout the novel, however, the ending chosen can leave some readers (this includes myself) to feel like the whole investigation aspect of the novel was a bit of a waste of time.

That being said if you were to push the ending aside (for some readers) this novel is a brilliant read and certainly one that cannot be passed up. Murder on the Orient Express was the first novel I read by Agatha Christie and this alone has me rushing to the bookshelves to find my next read from her, and that itself speaks louder than words.

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Ponto1
Nov 09, 2017

With the recent release of the movie, I felt the timing was right to indulge in my first Agatha Christie novel. What a great little read this was - timeless in its appeal and just as satisfying as I'm sure it was in the time it was written. I enjoyed how Poirot's analytical mind worked and it was fun unravelling the mystery alongside him. Highly recommended for a cosy read.

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darladoodles
Nov 08, 2017

Cannot explain why it took me so long to actually read this book. What a treasure! Christie tells the story in such a masterful way that we are on the edge of our seats despite the fact that for most of the novel all of the characters are stuck in a snowdrift on a train. Amazing!

PinesandPrejudice Oct 08, 2017

I loved rereading this novel. I enjoyed the little quips and sarcasm and smarts. I knew was the mystery was and what the solution was. But I still enjoyed the ride. I also think the best part was listening to it with my boyfriend on a road trip and watching his reactions. Agatha Christie is the queen of mystery for a reason.

sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing: 10/10
With such a large cast of characters, it's hard to get a good sense of each of them as an individual, and of course Christie had some racial/ethnic stereotypes of the day that meant something to the contemporary reader that don't mean the same thing to me.
The plot was purely intellectual. New things didn't happen, they just came out as things that had happened in the past. Yet, despite being restrained to a single setting and largely to dialogue, I was enraptured. I devoured this book.

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horthhill
Jul 26, 2017

"Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie is a just-plain-good mystery with a totally 'out there' and outrageous plot. It really shouldn't work...more surreal than real...but it does. Poirot uses his little grey cells to great effect to solve a puzzle where a nefarious victim is murdered in his bed while the train he is on is stranded by snow and the dozen or so suspects aren't who they seem to be.

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JLHCKY
Jul 15, 2017

Several times made into a movie. Christie's great Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, pulls it out of the fire again as only he can. The luxury train gets stuck in the Balkans in a terrible snow storm, thus ensuring her usual premise - the murderer has to be present (in this case on the train). Even though you might know the solution, from a previous read or from one of the movie adaptations, still worth another read to watch Agatha Christie craft one of the greatest detective mysteries of all time. Get set for a lot of misdirection!

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Tabaqui
Apr 08, 2017

A good mystery is a rare and wonderful thing. This book CERTAINLY fits in that category. I couldn't put it down! The storyline was very intriguing, and the solution was a perfect fit, when you looked back at the clues. Agatha Christie may be one of the only authors whose detectives don't resemble Sherlock Holmes. Amazing book!

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lisahiggs
May 16, 2010

From the cast of characters:

"Antonio Foscarelli: Information gushed out of this swarthy, menacing Italian like the blood from the victim.

Edward Henry Masterman: a spare, neat, noncommunicative valet who has the haughtily disapproving face of the well-trained English servant."

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