Poirot : Murder on the Orient Express Paperback
Part of the Poirot series
Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks.
The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer.
An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.
Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer - in case he or she decides to strike again.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 04/06/2001
- Category: Classic crime
- ISBN: 9780007119318
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Review by soylentgreen23
This was one of the first serious novels I read, and the only Christie I have actually worked my way through - I would read more but there's so much on my list that I doubt I ever will."Murder on the Orient Express" is one of Poirot's most famous cases, and it works very neatly as one would expect from the world's foremost genre writer. The ending is quite smart, and there are the usual contrivances; I have to admit, I didn't figure out who did the awful deed until it was revealed to me, but then I read the book at an age when my critical faculties were not terribly well honed.
Review by TPauSilver
Murder on the Orient Express is a detective novel in it's purest form. There is a murder and Hercule Poirot must solve it. To do so he assembles the most tiny, insignificant clues to create a picture of what happened. So tightly ploted and with such a satisfying ending. I have a small complaint in the way the characters and their relaitonships were constructed. I felt the novel focused overly on the detective work and not on the charachters but that's not neceserily a criticism, it's a style thing. I prefer very character driven fiction which this isn't. I would also say that I was annoyed by the way national stereotypes were portrayed. It could not be the English man, the English do not stab, for example. Definetley not good detective work to incorperate your racial stereotypes into your plan. And the implication that the strongest woman must be more feeble then the weakest man.
Review by Elphaba71
An American lies stabbed to death in his compartment on the Orient Express, which is stranded in a snowdrift....... This was a Great book, said to be one of Poirot's most famous cases and the first I have read of Agatha Christies.Despite knowing the plot, (seen the tv adaptation) I fell straight into the story and was hooked travelling along with the fabulous characters. Christie writes a classy timeless novel.
Review by qquiet
I guess the reason I like reading Agatha Christie's murder mysteries so much is because I love me my unforgettable, mind-blowing endings. In every book I read. To me, if it's a story that doesn't end well (or rather, does not have a very good falling action), it's just an okay story. <b>You have to end a story well. </b> And Christie does it very well.<br/><br/>Even though the beginning was slightly dragging (which I had to understand, because the author needed to establish the mystery and the red herrings first), the ending made up for it a hundred percent. No wonder <b> Orient Express</b> is up there among Christie's best.<br/><br/><spoiler> Okay, who would have thought that <b> everyone was in on it</b>. *Mind-fucked*<br/>I mean, in murder mysteries, you expect that there will only be one murderer. So, yeah, I greatly appreciated Christie's different take on the murder mystery, by making all the suspects guilty of the crime.</spoiler> <br/><br/>Update: I found the 1974 movie version for this, and I'm surprised it's so star-studded. Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Perkins, and I don't know any of the actors, but they do look glamorous. Already I'm thinking up my own version of a 2013 adaptation for this.<br/><br/>