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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Action. Craziness. Blood.

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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Juliakucharek
Mar 13, 2019

I watch the movie!!!!!!

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Logovore
Jan 29, 2019

The one thing that has to be borne in mind when reading Christie is that her writing is very much of its time, place and class--though I suppose the same could be said of any author. This means that some characterizations which would likely have passed uncommented on by her readers at publication are now deeply offensive. This means that while the central mystery is well-plotted and the book well-executed overall, it's impossible to give it unqualified or total approval.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 22, 2018

Murder on the Orient Express was my introduction to Agatha Christie (to mystery novels in general, actually). I was a bit apprehensive going into it, and I would still recommend that if you consider yourself a nervous person, read it in the light of day. However, this book was the perfect blend of sinister, folksy, and artistic. It felt familiar, but it was also just brilliant in its use of character building and ethical development. Not to mention the ending. The ending, though I won’t spoil it for you, was a stroke of genius that makes me understand why this is such a timeless read. It depicts its time period in a easy-to-visualize way, creates colourful characters that are easy to sympathize with, and like any good mystery novel (as I’ve recently learned), keeps you on your toes at all times. There was never a restful moment, never a moment where someone wasn’t a suspect or a motive wasn’t in question. I couldn’t put it down. @freckleface675 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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kwsmith
Dec 02, 2018

Apart from Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, with billions of books in print, is the world's most widely read author. I enjoyed this classic mystery novel where famed detective Hercule Perot uses a combination of logic and intuition to solve a complex murder case on a snowed-in train.

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VPAL7
Sep 10, 2018

Despite knowing the twist at the end already (I shouldn't have watched the movie first), I enjoyed this book. That being said, It's an interesting point of view to know the outcome and see the clues the way Poirot does.
I did find that this story unfolds in a way more linear fashion than other Poirot novels, which of course is because they are stuck in a train with nowhere to go. However, I find I prefer it when the story is not quite so linear which is why I didn't give it a higher rating. Regardless, I recommend this book to people who love reading mysteries.

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red_leopard_238
Aug 27, 2018

My favorite book ever!!!! It is so intense, full of suspense and the characters are extremely well-crafted in the sense that the tiniest detail is crucial to the mystery. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!

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flygt
Aug 06, 2018

Very much enjoyed this. A classic mystery, loved the ending.

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avocadotree
Jul 18, 2018

I read every word. Not that I understood all of them, but I read them. A lot of French. Still pretty good. And I read it in about nine hours. Would have gone faster but I had to stop and translate French to English a lot.

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char1esd1cken5
Apr 26, 2018

This was my first Agatha Christie book and I have never seen the movie either. I decided to read it due to the positive comments / reviews I read online. I wasn't disappointed. The language took a little getting used to but it didn't take very long. The story was interesting, it didn't drag out and I found it a quick enjoyable read. I am going to read more by Agatha Christie in future.

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jezicuhh
Mar 12, 2018

I had such a thrilling time reading this! I did not try to figure out the case the whole time, I simply took each instance as it happened and it was more exciting that way. I am sad it ended so quickly though. I do not read mysteries nor have I ever read any Agatha Christie before, so maybe this is how these things go?

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May 16, 2010

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"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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