Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Large Print - 1934 | Large print ed
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"Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again--p. 4 cover.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, ©1934
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780062081537
0062081535
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Chri
Characteristics: 329 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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VPAL7
Sep 10, 2018

Despite knowing the twist at the end already (I shouldn't have watched the movie first), I enjoyed this book. That being said, It's an interesting point of view to know the outcome and see the clues the way Poirot does.
I did find that this story unfolds in a way more linear fashion than other Poirot novels, which of course is because they are stuck in a train with nowhere to go. However, I find I prefer it when the story is not quite so linear which is why I didn't give it a higher rating. Regardless, I recommend this book to people who love reading mysteries.

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red_leopard_238
Aug 27, 2018

My favorite book ever!!!! It is so intense, full of suspense and the characters are extremely well-crafted in the sense that the tiniest detail is crucial to the mystery. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!

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flygt
Aug 06, 2018

Very much enjoyed this. A classic mystery, loved the ending.

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avocadotree
Jul 18, 2018

I read every word. Not that I understood all of them, but I read them. A lot of French. Still pretty good. And I read it in about nine hours. Would have gone faster but I had to stop and translate French to English a lot.

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char1esd1cken5
Apr 26, 2018

This was my first Agatha Christie book and I have never seen the movie either. I decided to read it due to the positive comments / reviews I read online. I wasn't disappointed. The language took a little getting used to but it didn't take very long. The story was interesting, it didn't drag out and I found it a quick enjoyable read. I am going to read more by Agatha Christie in future.

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jezicuhh
Mar 12, 2018

I had such a thrilling time reading this! I did not try to figure out the case the whole time, I simply took each instance as it happened and it was more exciting that way. I am sad it ended so quickly though. I do not read mysteries nor have I ever read any Agatha Christie before, so maybe this is how these things go?

if you were alive and sentient during the time of the kidnapping of Lucky Lindbergh's baby, this suspense mystery should be especially interesting, to you. also if you enjoy snow being all around. there is a new theatrical release of this story out in the theatres which I thought superior.

JCLMeganK Dec 07, 2017

Fantastic! This is the first Agatha Christie book I've read and I really enjoyed the subtle humor and the fact that while this is indeed a mystery, it is what I would consider a light read. However, Christie does a great job of keeping this light, fun read engaging for the reader. I will definitely be reading more of her books!

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MaxCW26
Dec 04, 2017

Great book, easy read that goes quickly.

thisisevanlee Dec 03, 2017

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Murder on the Orient Express is a thrilling tale of a murder that mysteriously takes place on the famous Orient Express (as the title suggests). Detective Hercule Poirot, who is aboard the express, now faces the challenging task of identifying the murderer amongst the twelve passengers that are all suspects of the crime before the killer escapes. With the help of M.Bouc whom is the director of the Compagnie Wagon Lits, and Dr. Constantine, a coroner aboard the express, the three work together, to piece all the evidence they discover to try unmask the hidden killer.

This is the first work I've read from Agatha Christie and I will defiantly say it will not be the last. Murder on the Orient Express is a fantastic novel that captures the reader almost immediately and entices them to quickly follow the story along, becoming invested in the investigation that our main protagonist, Detective Hercule Poiriot conducts. With each chapter from the moment the investigation is underway readers will find themselves putting evidence together and making guesses at who might the hidden murder be among the crowd of characters whom all are as entertaining to learn about as each other.
Christie does a fantastic job at making each character different, and giving each one a different reason to act, respond and even look the way they are described to do. This creates a never dull or boring moment within the book which helps tremendously when our Detective seats each suspect down and cross examines them. That alone may sound repetitive and cause for an eyeroll but Christie manages to overcome that initial judgement by giving each character something new to bring to the table.
Christie also does a great job at being sure that with each page turn the reader is never left certain at which suspect the murderer could be, no matter how sure the reader may seem on their decision, which in the long run creates great shock factor and suspense.

Though the story may seem perfect as I describe it to be it does come with its flaws. The story does seem to start off at a slow pace, which can give readers are hard time to follow through and become invested in the book at first, but once the mystery commences that is sure to change entirely. Christie also chooses to include a fair use to the French language in the novel, this can throw some readers off and maybe even irritate and confuse others but in the context which it is all written readers can easily understand what characters are trying to convey. The main downfall to the novel and defiantly the biggest is the ending itself. Readers by the last chapter will defiantly have their own suspect they believe is the murderer after piecing together their version of the evidence presented throughout the novel, however, the ending chosen can leave some readers (this includes myself) to feel like the whole investigation aspect of the novel was a bit of a waste of time.

That being said if you were to push the ending aside (for some readers) this novel is a brilliant read and certainly one that cannot be passed up. Murder on the Orient Express was the first novel I read by Agatha Christie and this alone has me rushing to the bookshelves to find my next read from her, and that itself speaks louder than words.

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May 16, 2010

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"Antonio Foscarelli: Information gushed out of this swarthy, menacing Italian like the blood from the victim.

Edward Henry Masterman: a spare, neat, noncommunicative valet who has the haughtily disapproving face of the well-trained English servant."

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