Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Another book club pick, and my very first Christie. Considering my love for mysteries, I’m not entirely sure why I’ve never read any of her books before.*
While it took me a few pages to get into the story, once I did I was hooked. I liked Poirot’s character, and I liked the methodical approach to his investigation.
I never try to figure out the solution to mysteries as I read them, and always consider it a bad sign when I do know the answer before the author directly reveals it at the end. In this case, while I knew the answer, I don’t know that it was really Christie’s fault, or if I’d heard about it because it is such a classic mystery.
I’m looking forward to finding some additional books by Christie – both in the Poirot series, and also some with Miss Marple. I think I’ll enjoy them as well, and it’s nice knowing that there are so many waiting for me.
Are you an Agatha Christie fan? If so, what’s your favorite of her books?
One of Agatha Christie’s most famous mysteries, Murder on the Orient Express was inspired by two real-life crimes and the author’s own experience being stranded on the Orient Express during Christmas of 1931. While traveling to Paris, a wealthy American is stabbed to death in his cabin on the Orient Express. With the train stuck in a snowdrift, there is no easy escape for the killer. Fortunately, detective Hercule Poirot is aboard and launches a clever investigation into the curious assortment of passengers, of whom each seems to have a motive.
Title: Murder on the Orient Express
Author: Agatha Christie
Category: Fiction / Mystery
My Rating: 4 Stars
* Technically, I have read a portion of one of her Poirot books before. In a French class I took in grad school, we read an excerpt of one of her books that was translated into French. I’m not counting that since it was such a small excerpt, and was a translation. And my French was passable, but not fluent enough to really appreciate her writing.
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