Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

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THE MOST WIDELY READ MYSTERY OF ALL TIME--NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY KENNETH BRANAGH AND PRODUCED BY RIDLEY SCOTT!

"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 Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Without a shred of doubt, one of his fellow passengers is the murderer.

Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.

"What more . . . can a mystery addict desire?"--New York Times

Publisher: Pleasantville, N.Y. : ImPress
Copyright Date: [1999]
ISBN: 9780061753824
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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A mysterious murder on a train-plenty of twists and turns-the female suspects are very strong and interesting.

Trapped. Compartments. Murder.


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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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jackkrista
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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swheeler89
Mar 22, 2017

Wonderful plot - quick read. Only complaint is that the readers did not have enough clues to get to the explanation.

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DorisWaggoner
Jan 26, 2016

One of Christie's most famous mysteries, this is clever and complicated. I too found several examples of sloppy editing, not surprising given how quickly she churned her books out during the 1930s. I first read it years ago, and remembered who did it. That made it rather fun to see how Poirot got to his conclusion. I had, interestingly, forgotten the actual ending of the story. With so many characters, most are lightly sketched, but I was able to tell them apart; that's all the story requires. I prefer Miss Marple, but if I run across another Poirot, I'll probably read it.

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TanayGenius
Jul 14, 2015

Agatha Christie does it again with a great murder solved cautiously and carefully by none other than Hercule Poirot. A great book for anyone looking to read a cleverly planned murder solved by one of mysteries' greatest detectives.

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Spongebob1000
May 30, 2015

Very good. Very well written. It's one of the best books I ever read. I couldn't even put this book down. Everyone should read it.

EuSei Nov 11, 2014

This is a very clever plot, well thought out and—if you never watched the movie—with a startling end. I never thought I’d catch a mistake in a book written by Agatha Christie! Yet, I did catch two… The first one was in a dialogue between Hercule Poirot, Dr. Constantine, and Monsieur Bouc (which, by the way, means “goat” in French). Poirot was describing three possibilities that explained the crime. The last and third possibility was that evidence had been faked “for the same reason as above”… Obviously the word should have been “already mentioned” or something like that, never “above,” which does not accord with a dialogue. The second was the American characters using the word “frontier” instead of border. It was surprising that her editors never caught these two simple mistakes. (About the criticism on the snow stopping a train: the story was written in 1934, when there were no advanced machinery for snow removal as we now have and people didn’t have cell phones, so communication was not instantaneous. As Christie refers more than once throughout the book, there was heavy snowfall. It was not a snowbank, but snow that had heavily accumulated on the tracks, which in 1934 would have taken time to remove.)

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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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