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“Another one from the writer that lends to a spectacular film - with the spectacular setting and the high profile story of a murder on the famous Orient Express from Istanbul to Paris, discovered while the snow has made the train stop, since a pass in the mountains in untraversable.
“12 suspects in one train, who was the murderer? as one of Agatha Christie's most beloved books, murder on the orient express proposes the perfect whodunnit scenario. Was a it slow for me at the beginning though but it progressively became interesting. ”Ceres wrote this review 13 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great fun! This murder mystery set on a train with the snow cascading out of the windows is an enjoyable read. Christie's characters take far too many liberties though when it comes to stereotypes; they unfairly peg the English, Americans and Italians. Poirot unravels the case with a set of careful interviews. The use of a "red herring" makes for an engrossing work of detective fiction.”Anne of Green Gables wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the best from the Hercule Poirot series.”Patti G wrote this review Tuesday, November 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“classic murder mystery”Dara M wrote this review Friday, November 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is one of the best books I've ever read. If you like mysteries, then this book is for you. ”Julia wrote this review Thursday, October 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“loved this monthly book”Aliyah Abanes wrote this review Saturday, October 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was very good and is one of my favorites. I don't normally read many mystery books but then I thought that I would really enjoy mysteries. this book is very suspenseful and has an amazing and unexpected ending. ”Isabellegturquoise wrote this review Thursday, October 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I started reading this book and simply couldn't stop! This is the best mystery I have ever read by far! Despite it's 315 pages, I read this book in four days! This book is about a detective who finds himself stuck on a train that has stopped in a snowdrift. While the train is stopped, a mysterious murder happens. Someone on the train is killed and many clues are left behind but none of the clues make sense. It is up to Hercule Poirot, the detective, to find out who the real murder actually is before another crime scene occurs.”Isabella Ilchenko wrote this review Saturday, October 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow. I liked the characters in this book, particularly the protagonist, Hercule Poirot. The twist at the end blew my mind. ”Mike Farris wrote this review Wednesday, September 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Agatha Christie is rightly considered the epitome of the detective novelist. She wrote over 80 novels and I've read over a dozen of them. If I had to pick one to recommend, I'd give a slight edge to the one-off, And Then There Were None, but Murder on the Orient Express, featuring her private detective Hercule Poirot, would be a close second. Like the other novel, this book features one of those Christie twists that left me slack-jawed and guaranteed I'd never forget the novel.
And despite this being one of 33 novels featuring Hercule Poirot, order doesn't matter, so you don't have to read any of the seven previously published novels with him--I hadn't read any of them before reading this one, and only read two of them since. It doesn't add to your understanding or enjoyment if you did. The point of the Poirot novels isn't character development or long-term story arcs, they're about the solution of the case with Poirot playing the Great Detective a la Sherlock Holmes.
There's more to this novel then just the twist though. This is a pleasure to read as Christie throws at you several memorable vividly-drawn characters in what is essentially a classic locked-room murder mystery--the killing occurred in a snow-bound train--the Orient Express. This story also holds interest as there is a thinly disguised allusion to a then notorious real-life crime. The film tips its hat to that angle right in the beginning--one reason I'd prefer the book is for the slower reveal.
Although truly, the film does do justice to the book with a cast you could hardly match today: Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman (who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar), Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave. But read the novel first.”