Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

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"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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Train. Revenge. Mystery.

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

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Apr 10, 2020

What makes this book a classic is Christie's knack for showing just how human crime can be. This novel is a timeless tale, and yet so characteristic of the period it was written in. The parallels between Christie's fiction and the reality of the Lindbergh baby tragedy give us a glimpse of what people must have been thinking as the true crime unfolded. Who could murder a child in cold blood? How could anyone let that sort of monster walk free? When is justice at the hands of the everyman valid? Can revenge ever be the humane choice? Few novels leave me feeling intellectually stimulated, but this is certainly one. The narrative is simple and straight forward enough, but this is a book you only need read once a lifetime and yet always come back to.

Jan 03, 2020

This was my first Agatha Christie book. It's a fast read and is engaging from beginning to end. There are some parts where the protagonist speaks in French and it's written out in French and some words are written in French as well. It didn't hinder the understanding of the overall story but it did help to translate some of the phrases. I started watching the movie after reading the book and the movie is a hot mess. I would not judge the book based on the movie.

Dec 30, 2019

Of course I had to end my reading year off with Poirot. The mystery starts out like it would be easy and straightforward. Think about it everyone involved is on the train. But it was so much more. There is an underlying motive just hiding below the surface. Poirot is on his game and without his trusty sidekick Hastings. It is a story relying heavily on Poirot working his "little grey cells." A very good book. I highly recommend reading the book before watching the movies.

Dec 29, 2019


paulwilson101 Dec 11, 2019

Imagine being snowed in during a train ride through a foreign land. You don’t know anyone and have no contact with the outside world, but of one thing you are certain -- there is a murderer on the train. This is the dilemma faced by famed Detective Hercule Poirot in the exciting mystery novel, Murder on the Orient Express, one of Agatha Christie’s most popular books.

In this story, Poirot has his vacation in Istanbul cut short when he is called back to London to solve a crime. To get back to England, Poirot boards The Orient Express, which gets stuck in a snowdrift halfway through the journey. The next morning, a rich businessman named Samuel Ratchett is found dead. While the case certainly seems like murder, all the evidence points to a seemingly impossible solution -- one that tests the famed Belgian detective like few cases have before.

A fun, fast-paced thriller that engages adults and teens alike, the best part of Murder on the Orient Express is the character and place descriptions, as well as how vividly detailed Agatha Christie paints the plot -- and plot twists -- within the novel. Readers must pay very close attention to the little things because it's the seemingly insignificant details that help Poirot ultimately solve the case.

Wildly popular when first published in 1933, this book was first adapted into film in 1974. It was remade in 2017 in a film that included several famous actors including Kenneth Branagh as Detective Poirot, as well as Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Leslie Odom Jr.

This great novel and its most recent movie adaptation, are both available at SJPL. Those interested in similar mystery and thriller titles may want to try any of the following: Night Over Water by Ken Follett; Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter; or 1222: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel by Anne Holt, all of which readers can find at a local SJPL branch.

Oct 23, 2019

Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” is an outstanding work of murder mystery storytelling that leaves its twists, social commentary, and finale engrained in your memory for a long time to come. This story was my first exposure to Agatha Christie’s Poirot series through watching the 2017 film, I was completely blown away and left craving more. Later on I watched the 1974 film which is more true to the book material, and then finally I read the actual book itself. It’s fun to see this book adapted to the movies however reading the book gave me a much more detailed enjoyment that really brought the story together for me. This is one of Agatha Christie’s self-proclaimed favorite books that she has written, and its easy to see why. This is a thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking adventure that provides a heavy dose of social commentary that was ahead of its time as well as many notable and controversial twists. I especially enjoyed this book as it has a ‘murderer amongst the group” premise in that of a confined area of the Orient Express train. This setting brings a feeling of claustrophobic suspense that keeps the pages turning fast. Another key feature of this book is that Christie herself plays the role of the narrator for the first time in the Poriot series up until this point, whereas before we have had a main character (other than Poirot) retell the story to us. Having Christie as the narrator is very engaging and interesting as the reader is able to learn the specific inner workings of thoughts and feelings characters have that we otherwise wouldn’t know from a narrator characters perspective. Overall I highly recommend this acclaimed gem of murder mystery storytelling as it sets the bar high for Christie’s Poirot series and for future genre readings. This is a book that murder mystery fans and even non-murder mystery fans owe it to themselves to read, it is truly a fantastically capitativing read that will leave you craving more from the genius storytelling of Agatha Christie.

Oct 09, 2019

Murder on the orient express was a raises a interesting moral question and makes for a decent read. However I found it at times rather difficult to place who was where in the train (if it didn't provide a map I would have been rather vexed) so it sometimes broke me out of the novel. I was also unimpressed with the pacing of the book as I found it rather slow. The characters are decent but can be rather lackluster when trying to understand their motives. I know some have complained about how racist, sexist, and classist it is but I found that to be rather interesting. Police work in the early half of the 20th century was rife with these issues and I am fascinated by how it affected how detectives and investigated operated. While these issues are not pleasant it gives it a very authentic and grimly realistic view of the world during that period. So read it if you wish although I personally think the tv version (David Suchet) is a better way to take it in albeit they give it a religious slant (Avoid the new movie version it was terrible).

Sep 26, 2019

Warning to parents: this book contains blatant racism and parents should discuss the faulty views that were pandemic to pre-WWII. Example: "Assuredly," said Poirot. "Especially in the heat of a quarrel. But this- this is a different type of crime. I have the little idea, my friend, that this is a crime very carefully planned and staged. It is a far-sighted, long-headed crime. It is not, how shall I express it?, a Latin [Italian] crime. It is a crime that shows traces of a cool, resourceful, deliberate brain- I think an Anglo-Saxon brain."
I do not think this book has any value in 2018; the logic was faulty, there was no science involved, and the book is filled with stereotypes, racism, and misogyny. The value of the book comes from Poirot and the humor associated with his mustache; a great and interesting character.

Aug 23, 2019

This was a wonderful book. The ending was unexpected and the whole story was really intriguing. I loved reading this book and discovering the ending. The book inspired me to look for more of Agatha Christie’s books because the plot was so vivid and fascinating. I would definitely suggest this book to my friends and peers. I was unsure about reading this book before, but I’m so glad that I did because the story is so striking.

Jul 01, 2019

This was my Agatha novel, I liked the plot and characters but ending was not quite good ,I think it would have been better

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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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