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Murder on the Orient Express (1934)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Hercule Poirot (9)

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While en route from Syria to Paris, in the middle of a freezing winter's night, the Orient Express is stopped dead in its tracks by a snowdrift. Passengers awake to find the train still stranded and to discover that a wealthy American has been brutally stabbed to death in his private compartment. Incredibly, that compartment is locked from the inside. With no escape into the wintery landscape the killer must still be on board. Fortunately, the brilliant Belgian inspector Hercule Poirot is also on board, having booked the last available berth.… (more)
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Agatha Christie is the best. Literally, she is. The most timeless, masterful detective writer -- I enjoyed "Murder on the Orient Express" immensely. I kept thinking -- how? How did she execute the plot and the clues and the detective-ing so flawlessly? I don't think there's a person out there who wouldn't enjoy this book (or her many others). ( )
  angelahaupt | Jun 15, 2021 |
K. read 2017
  18cran | May 31, 2021 |
Magistrale nella costruzione e nel crescendo narrativo che conduce il lettore a scoprir pian piano la trama che ha condotto all'omicidio. Depistaggi, finte soluzioni, continue revisioni delle teorie proposte altro non servono a preparar il colpo di scena finale. E a lasciare, nel lettore, una domanda aperta, dubbi circa il senso della giustizia, delle leggi che, spesso, ne ostacolano il compiersi e della vendetta che, talora, ne concretizza l'implacabile giudizio.

Masterful in the construction and in the narrative crescendo that leads the reader to slowly discover the plot that led to the murder. Misdirections, false solutions, continuous revisions of the theories proposed do not serve to prepare the final twist. And to leave, in the reader, an open question, doubts about the sense of justice, of the laws that often hinder their fulfillment and of the revenge that, at times, concretizes the implacable judgment. ( )
  Carlomascellani73 | Apr 5, 2021 |
I love this book and have read it so many times. What do you do when there have been so many adaptations and presentations of one of your favourite murder mysteries that it's all jumbled up in your head and nothing seems like the real tale any more?

My full review is at the John C Adams Reviews blog now:

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/john-c-adams-reviews-murder-on-the... ( )
  johncadamssf | Mar 23, 2021 |
These two sat a table not far away. The younger was a likeable looking young man of thirty, clearly an American. It was, however, not he, but his companion who had attracted the little detective's attention.
He was a man of between sixty and seventy. From a little distance he had the bland aspect of a philanthropist. His slightly bald head, his domed forehead, the smiling mouth that displayed a very white set of false teeth, all seemed to speak of a benevolent personality. Only the eyes belied this assumption. They were small, deep set and crafty. Not only that. As the man, making some remarks to his young companion, glanced across the room, his gaze stopped on Poirot for a moment, and just for that second there was a strange malevolence, an unnatural These two sat a table not far away. The younger was a likeable looking young man of thirty, clearly an American. It was, however, not he, but his companion who had attracted the little detective's attention.
He was a man of between sixty and seventy. From a little distance he had the bland aspect of a philanthropist. His slightly bald head, his domed forehead, the smiling mouth that displayed a very white set of false teeth, all seemed to speak of a benevolent personality. Only the eyes belied this assumption. They were small, deep set and crafty. Not only that. As the man, making some remarks to his young companion, glanced across the room, his gaze stopped on Poirot for a moment, and just for that second there was a strange malevolence, an unnatural tensity in the glance.
  taurus27 | Mar 11, 2021 |
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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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"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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While en route from Syria to Paris, in the middle of a freezing winter's night, the Orient Express is stopped dead in its tracks by a snowdrift. Passengers awake to find the train still stranded and to discover that a wealthy American has been brutally stabbed to death in his private compartment. Incredibly, that compartment is locked from the inside. With no escape into the wintery landscape the killer must still be on board. Fortunately, the brilliant Belgian inspector Hercule Poirot is also on board, having booked the last available berth.

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