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Book Thoughts: Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)

Christie, Agatha - Murder on the Orient Express


Title: Murder on the Orient Express
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Fiction/Mystery   Pages: 240
First published: 1934
Edition: Hardback, published by Harper Collins in 2017

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer—in case he or she decides to strike again.

This is one of those books that you really should make time for. It is such a good mystery and wonderfully plotted. It is a mystery classic for a good reason.

Here we have arguably the most famous closed circuit mystery of all. A murder takes place on a train and good old Hercule Poirot is there to try and solve the crime. I really liked the way this book is plotted. We meet all the characters through Poirot’s eyes before the crime is commited and then see him meet them again, one by one, as he compiles his evidence.

The only think that kind of stops short of making this a perfect book is Christie’s writing style, which is very restraint. A little too much so for my tastes. However I still really enjoyed this one and I am so glad to have finally read this gem of a book. \

If you are going to read an Agatha Christie, you may as well read this one, one of her most famous for a reason.

6 out of 7 stars



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