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Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie) - Review

Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie) - Review

Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie) - Rating

Author:  Agatha Christie
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Year: 2007 (First Published in 1934)
ISBN: 9780007282630
Pages: Paperback, 352 pages



Due to the snowdrift, the Orient Express has to halt midway in its tracks. The millionaire Simon Ratchett is found dead in the morning. The door to his room is found locked from the inside and he is found to have been stabbed a dozen times.

Hercule Poirot, the detective deduces that due to the snowdrift, the possibility of the killer leaving the orient express is negligible. Thus, the killer is among them, on the express itself. 

Isolated by the storm, the entire mystery unfolds inside the express until the climax that leaves you shocked. 


Murder on the Orient Express is my second book by Agatha Christie (first was ‘And Then There Were None') and my first of the Hercule Poirot series. Since there is only a little continuity among the novels, I decided to pick this up because it intrigued me.

I would like to mention that Murder on the Orient Express is a whodunit mystery and this is the reason why I’m having a difficult writing a review for it. How are you supposed to review a thing when you are afraid to reveal too much?

The moment it is revealed that the murderer is on the train itself, you start guessing. The literary techniques that Agatha Christie infuses into her writing makes for a nail biting suspense. It might seem a bit stretched when the entire interrogation process takes place but when it is over, the way Poirot analyzes the statements and comes up with the shocking revelations is just mind blowing. Oh, it’s actually Agatha Christie speaking through Poirot.

The entire setup of Murder on the Orient Express is gripping. But you start enjoying more in the last section of the book where things are analyzed together and passengers are looked upon as suspects. One thing leads to another and when it reaches to the final destination, you are surprised by the revelations.

I was thoroughly satisfied with the climax of Murder on the Orient Express. It was the buildup that was a bit slow according to me. It is a straight up mystery where you don’t know anything about anything till you read and find out.

Would I recommend Murder on the Orient Express? Well yes, if you like to read mysteries and love those climax twists, it will offer you a great read.

The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.
If you confront anyone who has lied with the truth, he will usually admit it - often out of sheer surprise. It is only necessary to guess right to produce your effect.

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