Murder on the Orient Express

Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 288
Publisher: UK Collins Crime Club 1934
Rating: 3.5 stars

Agatha Christie, we all know the name of this early 20th century English novelist. She’s famous for her now-old-school murder mysteries reminiscent of Clue and her iconic sleuths like Hercule Poirot. Poirot is a little Belgian man with a curling mustache and professional background in detective/police work.

In Murder on the Orient Express, Poirot is traveling on an uncommonly full train that stops in the middle of the night due to a snow storm. When a man is found stabbed in his apartment, Poirot has to investigate the crime.

After the murder was discovered, the story started to pick up speed. Christie separates the later chapters into individual interrogations with each suspect, which makes the book seem like less of a novel and more of an evidence log, bringing to mind shows like Law and Order. However, I liked this method; it made me feel like she was presenting me with the facts so that I could deduce what happened.

Oh yea, he's the man

The dialogue was a bit stiff, but I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that the story is set in the early 1900s, when people were typically more articulate. Anyway, if you like murder mysteries, I’d suggest this book. However, I think I need to read other books by her because this one alone did not convince me that she should be held in such high literary esteem (…adding And Then There Were None to my list…).

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6 Responses to Murder on the Orient Express

  1. Sarah Dunaway says:

    Natalie, you should check out the 1974 movie version of this book. It’s magnificent! It won 7 oscars and received 16 other nominations. It has Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connory, and many other great names. I highly recommend it for an evening in.


  2. Ellie says:

    If I had a nickle for everytime something reminded me of a Radiolab show….


  3. Natalie Ramm says:

    Sarah–I’ve heard of it but never seen it. Now that I have a personal recommendation, I’ll have to check it out!

    Ellie–Just downloaded 5 Radiolab podcasts. Finished one about robots and cyper-people-computers and it was fascinating. Good work.


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