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Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery, reissued with a new cover to tie in with the hugely anticipated 2017 film adaptation.
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.
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I confess that I've managed to make it 39 years without reading Agatha Christie's work. She's an author I've always meant to read but had never gotten around to. So it was with much anticipation that I began reading her most famous work, Murder on the Orient Express. From the first page, I was hooked on the story of Hercule Poirot, who ended up on a last minute train ride with an eclectic group of passengers. The train is stopped in the snow, and one passenger is found dead in his compartment. Stranded without any police assistance, Poirot decides to take on the case. He must examine the evidence and question his fellow passengers to determine who the murderer is, well aware that he or she might strike again.
I enjoy watching detective shows on television at times, often finding that I've figured it out rather early. But this book left me wondering until right before the reveal. There are so many twists, turns, and contradictions throughout the investigation. I muddled through along with Poirot and his companions, slowly piecing together the big picture. Some parts left me surprised or confused, but it ultimately ended up with a satisfying and surprisingly logical conclusion. I was also impressed with the characters in the story. They were all distinct personalities that were easy to keep separate. This is sometimes a problem in works with a relatively large cast of characters. The only issue I had with the characterization was the falling into stereotypes based on nationalites. I take it is a sign of the time it was written in, so I am willing to overlook it. And, to be honest, some of the stereotypes actually made sense to the characters by the end. If you have not had the fortune to have read this classic, I highly recommend picking it up. I, for one, will be looking for more of Agatha Christie's works to read in the near future.
"Need it be said - the little grey cells solve once more the seemingly insoluble. Mrs Christie makes an improbable tale very real, and keeps her readers enthralled and guessing to the end." Times Literary Supplement
"A brilliantly ingenious story." Dorothy L. Sayers, Daily Herald
"Ingenuity at its height ... the idea is utterly novel, the setting a model of realism, and the characters a versatile, attractive crew." Woman's Journal
"A piece of classic workmanship .. exquisite and wholly satisfying." News Chronicle