Monday, 13 November 2017

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

"The murderer is with us - on the train now..."

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again...

I love a good detective novel, and The Murder on the Orient Express was definitely that... I have fallen in love with Poirot, and once again Christie's writing. This is my second reading experience with Agatha Christie, and it only solidified my previous thoughts of wanting to read through her extensive backlist (quite the task, I think!).

As part of his travels back to London, Poirot finds himself on a sleeper train that soon becomes a murder crime scene... However stuck in snow, and with no police on hand, solving the crime falls to detective Poirot, naturally. And what a mystery it is, seriously, the ending was quite the surprise.

I really enjoyed the formatting of the story, with a proper beginning, middle and end. Part one sets the scene, briefly introduces the characters, and the major plot point of murder is discovered. In part two we see each of the passengers in the carriage being interviewed, and the investigation really gets underway. Concluding the story is part three, where Poirot gets to thinking and somehow solves this stumper of a case.

The setting, the cast of characters, and the sheer brilliance of Christie's plot lead me to thoroughly enjoy my time with this book, and be thankful that I purchased a copy for my shelf - I see myself returning to this title in the future as a cosy winter companion.



  1. I have this in my shelf too — I should read it soon!

    1. It would make a great winter read, Christine - not too long either! I hope you enjoy when you do get round to reading it :-)

  2. Great review! I read a few Agatha Christie books in high school, but I didn’t read this one. It sounds really good!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I feel like it is getting a lot of buzz at the moment what with the film adaptation, but well worth a read if you enjoyed the other Christie books.

  3. I have been meaning ot revisit some Agatha Christie books. Glad you enjoyed this one.

  4. I really enjoyed this too. I keep forgetting to pick up more Agatha Christie books though; I've only read two so far!

    1. I've been meaning to read Agatha Christie for the longest time, and I feel like I'm finally achieving that having read two of her novels so far.

      Glad you enjoyed this one :-)


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