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Book Review: Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express by  Agatha Christie (5 star review)

Murder on the Orient Express
Hercule Poirot #10

by Agatha Christie

347 pages // published in 1934 // British crime mystery


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.

My Review

5 Star Rating

Now, THAT is a murder mystery for the books! Whew! Agatha sure knew how to write 'em. Now I understand why this title is such a popular classic. (If you haven't read Murder on the Orient Express, you just should.) ... What a flabbergasting, jaw-dropping solution -- by none other than Mr. Hercule Poirot.

As is the case of many Christie plots... a murder takes place, an entire cast of witnesses and suspects is produced, and Poirot uses his little gray cells for all they're worth, until a suitable answer appears as to the murderer's identity. This murder event just happens to take place on a snowbound train in Europe. With no footprints in the snow leading away, it's safe to surmise that the killer is still roaming among the locomotive's society. (Except, of course, that's not safe at all, for the living!)

The book is set up in an ever-so-precise way of each chapter corresponding to an individual witness's report. It's done in a way of tallying up the evidence from every angle, very categorically. (It makes for a fun, yet strategic, read.)

Overall, this one is pretty amazing. Also, it's unforgettable.

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1 comment:

  1. This is one that I have been wanting to read FOREVER! I am so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed it so much. Her novels are always so fantastic. :)