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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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.

Jun 07, 2020

If you like your mystery novels like you like your salesmen (that is, constantly saying “But wait, there’s more!”), you will love Murder on the Orient Express, one of many descriptive, devious, and entertaining mystery novels by Agatha Christie.
Murder on the Orient Express features Agatha Christie’s characteristic dapper Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, as he tries to solve the mystery of a businessman named Ratchett violently stabbed to death, all while the train he and several other passengers are on has been stopped by snow. Before him are a considerable number of puzzling clues. For one, Ratchett had asked Poirot previously for his help in protecting him, as he had been receiving several anonymous death notes. Secondly, his body has twelve stab wounds. Finally, there are several items that might link the crime to the murderer: a handkerchief monogrammed with the letter “H”, a pipe cleaner, a match, and a burnt piece of paper with the word “Armstrong” on it. Poirot eventually links Ratchett and all the other passengers to a conspiracy that runs deeper than any first-time reader could ever predict.
Murder on the Orient Express, one of Agatha Christie’s most well-known works, is a masterfully crafted novel, and you never know who actually murdered Ratchett until the very end. This novel has had several adaptations, including two films, a radio show, three television shows (including a Japanese version), a play, and a point and click video game. It is a much beloved novel and one of many that characterized Hercule Poirot as one of many famous fictional detectives. Murder on the Orient Express is an amazing novel, and I highly recommend that you read it.

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.

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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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