Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

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On a three-day journey through the snowbound Balkan hills, Hercule Poirot must weed through an array of international suspects to find the passenger who murdered a gangster on the Orient Express.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, c1960.
ISBN: 9780671523688
Branch Call Number: FIC CHRISTI
Characteristics: 256 p. ; 18 cm.


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Jun 01, 2021

Regarded by many as the pinnacle of Hercule Poirot’s exploits, Murder on the Orient Express presents a mystery of fascinating proportions. The facts of the case are unbelievably puzzling: a man found dead in his own room, aboard a train stuck amidst a snowstorm, with the perpetrator on-board. Poirot’s meticulous investigation reveals one surprising turn after another, with every possible lead inevitably pointing to another problem. Between themes of mortality and the fickle nature of revenge, Christie manages to present a thrilling twist at every turn. I loved reading through this novel, and I’m sure anyone else would feel the same. This iteration of Hercule Poirot is perhaps his peak, and his magnificent display of detective expertise rivals the stunning twist at the heart of the novel itself.

Apr 25, 2021

This is the 8th Hercule Poirot full length novel that was first published in 1934. It's my favourite Poirot mystery. It's also one of the most well know Poirot titles, spawning four movies - two major film releases (1974 and 2017) and two television releases (2001) and (2010). A game on the PC Windows platform was also released by The Adventure Company featuring David Suchet as the voice of Hercule Poirot.

This mystery has all the elements of a classic whodunit. All the interviews with the main suspects are shared with the reader including the discussion of the different theories between Poirot and the investigating team. The murder occurred on the Orient Express that is stuck in a snow storm. I found the book very nicely paced and the reader is able to move through all interviews easily. A classic. Highly recommended.

Mar 18, 2021

Finding a fiction book I’ve had a personal connection with was kind of a struggle, but I still enjoyed rereading this book. Reading a mystery novel felt meta because as I was trying to follow the clues and piece together the murderer, the author is also trying to predict our expectations and subvert them. There's that relationship between the author and the reader as well as between the detective protagonist, Hercule Poirot, and the criminals.

Feb 18, 2021

I had expected Christie's most famous novel to be better. I must admit that she had a brilliant twist at the end, but the rest of the novel definitely wasn't her best. I recommend "And Then There Were None" or "Murder at the Vicarage" instead. 75/100

Jan 26, 2021

I had never read a full-fledged murder mystery book, so I wasn't sure what to expect from "Murder on the Orient Express". I was pleasantly surprised by how intriguing it was to follow Detective Poirot's investigation. As he interviewed the passengers one by one, the book became even harder to put down. When the truth about the murder was finally revealed at the end, I was awestruck. Seeing Poirot's process and his final explanation was extremely satisfying to read through.

I do have some problems with the book, however. I feel it suffers from an overpopulated cast. I found it difficult to remember what each character's situation was and what their relationships were with each other. I also had trouble envisioning the layout of the train, but the book included a diagram, which was helpful.

All in all, "Murder on the Orient Express" was a very interesting read and I had a lot of fun with it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good book.

JCLCharlesH Jan 21, 2021

This Hercule Poirot mystery is one of Agatha Christie's best known works and has been adapted for radio, film, television, and stage. The plot takes the classic murder mystery elements of a limited suspect pool with varying motives, and places it on a train snowed in during a trip through the Balkans. Can Poirot use his expert logic to unravel the tangled web of this murder?

jrbubbles1 Sep 10, 2020

I read this after seeing the Johnny Depp movie. It was fun to read this classic and see how it compared to the movie. Of course there was some differences but they followed the story line very well. I also watched an earlier version of the movie (I think it was a 2010 edition) and did not like that one as well.

Jul 23, 2020

It was interesting to read this classical story. I enjoyed reading how the characters were developed, how the plot progressed, and how I got a glimpse at Agatha Christie's writing style. It was my first time reading a book of hers: this book has suspense and it's good...but, it wasn't a page turner...

Jun 14, 2020

Watching the movie before reading the novel was personally a huge mistake. While the movie has its charms, Agatha Christie’s novel has so many hidden gems that the movie clearly lacks. On a train stuck in an avalanche in 1930’s Europe, a murder forces the world-renowned detective Hercules Poirot to solve the mystery while trapped in with the murderer and the rest of the train passengers. While the movie has more or less of a straightforward line of questioning and clues, the book showcases Poirot’s brilliant mind as he picks out minute details that form a larger picture. With his inane sidekick, he solves the murder in a wonderfully written way that leaves the reader in awe. The more action-packed movie pales in comparison to Christie’s thriller novel.

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Jun 24, 2019

“The murder is with us... on the train now”

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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Jun 24, 2019

Join Poirot on a book that will keep you reading till morning, a book that you can’t take your eyes off of. Is there such a story? Yup! This book will be suitable for ages 13+. So, basically:

Syria; 2:00am
It is cold outside, and Hercule Poirot climbs aboard the Taurus Express to go to a hotel. He meets with a friend and then they go for Poirot’s house. They climb aboard the famous Orient express, a train that actually ran through Europe. 🚂. When Poirot wakes, the train is stuck in a snowdrift, and a man who was responsible for 3 deaths was murdered. How? Join Poirot and be hooked on Murder On The Orient Express


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