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Murder on the Orient Express (original 1934; edition 1991)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:Murder on the Orient Express
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Harpercollins (Mm) (1991), Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (1934)


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How often does a book or movie that has become a cultural touchstone over the years actually live up to the hype once you have a chance to read or watch it? Not very often, it seems, but this classic Agatha Christie whodunit did all that and more for me.

How long have I been familiar with the existence and the idea of Murder on the Orient Express? It feels like my whole life, but surely there must have been a few years there at the beginning when the little Belgian detective with the egg-shaped head and the funny moustaches had not entered my consciousness. Certainly, Christie's novel has taken such hold of the cultural zeitgeist that there have been homages of the literary ([The Woman on the Orient Express], [All Quiet on the Orient Express]), cinematic (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the Orient Express), musical (Swingin' on the Orient Express) and theatrical ('Mozart's "Abduction" on the Orient Express').

But for all of my familiarity with the concept of Christie's masterwork, I knew very little about the particulars. I knew there was a murder (well, duh, it's in the title) but I didn't know either whodunit or who was dun. And that fact kept me reading long past my bedtime two nights in a row until I finally got through the denouement and sighed with happy satisfaction. It might be an exaggeration to say Dame Christie never disappoints (I've not yet worked my way through her entire oeuvre) but she certainly doesn't here. ( )
  rosalita | Apr 6, 2017 |
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie *****

I’m not really sure how, but after watching Poirot for a number of years on the TV I managed to never see Murder on the Orient Express, this at least meant that the plot was fresh to me and no surprises ruined. I have only read a few Agatha Christie and she is still an author I am beginning to discover.

Most of the action takes place in the same place, aboard the Orient Express with a Poirot being asked to look into the murder of an American Tycoon. One by one he interrogates each passenger on the train and in true Christie style he discovers that the majority have a motive and a hidden past. We see the little grey cells at work and soon he begins to see through the acts and subterfuges, eventually cumulating in one of his famous suspect get together, where the truth is ousted.

This was a strange book, because two thirds of the way through I thought I had it all sewn up and really thought that the plot was a bit ridiculous and Christie had used the ‘coincidence’ card a little too much, but when the ending came I realised just how brilliant the plot actually was. Definitely worth a look whether you are a fan of Christie or not and what better place to start than probably her most famous novel. ( )
  Bridgey | Jan 19, 2017 |
Definitely a classic for a reason. Car train stopped in a snowstorm provides an almost too-perfect murder mystery set up, and the solution pushes the limits of what's believable without breaking them entirely. Main character and lead detective Hercule Poirot makes inferences and jumps to conclusions that feel downright offensive in 2016. My favorite, to paraphrase: "although the knife is certainly an Italian brute's weapon of choice, a crime this cold and calculated feels decidedly not like a Latin crime. This appears to be the work of an Anglo-Saxon brain." But he's so polite and amusing while treating everyone around him like an idiot that you hardly notice the 1930s sexism and bigotry baked into his deductions. Not as good as And Then There Were None but Agatha Christie is now two for two on my end. ( )
  steve520 | Dec 10, 2016 |
A great mystery! ( )
  dingesa27 | Dec 6, 2016 |
I've had never read an Agatha Christie book and thought it was about time. Don't think I would want a steady diet of such, but it was a delightful, easy, and entertaining read. Thirteen individuals are trapped on a train stuck in a snowstorm when one is mysteriously stabbed to death. Hercule Poirot, detective extraordinaire, interviews each and slowly surmises the murderer -- oophs, murderers.

Pretty far fetched, but purely entertaining. ( )
  maryreinert | Nov 27, 2016 |
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The book is filled with entertaining and descriptive events that will leave readers anticipating more.
Estambul, pleno invierno. Poirot decide tomar el Orient Express que en esta época suele hacer su recorrido prácticamente vacío. Pero aquel día, el tren va lleno y sólo gracias a una buena amiga consigue una litera en el coche-cama. A la mañana siguiente se despierta, descubre que una tormenta de nieve ha obligado a detener el tren y que un americano, llamado Ratcher, ha sido apuñalado salvajemente. Aparentemente nadie ha entrado ni ha salido del coche-cama. El asesino, sin duda, es alguno de los ocupantes entre los que se encuentra una altiva princesa rusa y una institutriz inglesa.
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Del Buono, OresteContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Colonel Arbuthnot smokes a pipe," he said. "In the compartment of Mr. Ratchett I found a pipe-cleaner. Mr. Ratchett smoked only cigars."....
Poirot shook his head violently. "That is just it...it is impossible--quite impossible -- that an honourable, slightly stupid, upright Englishman should stab an enemy twelve times with a knife! Do you not feel, my friends, how impossible it is? "That is the psychology." said M. Bouc. "And one must respect the psychology. This crime has a signature, and it is certainly not the signature of Colonel Arbuthnot." (p. 121,122).
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425200450, Mass Market Paperback)

Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. 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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Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of year, but by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. With tension mounting, detective Hercule Poirot comes up with not one, but two solutions to the crime.… (more)

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