Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie


Rate: 3/5


Medium: Audiobook


Overview (No Spoilers):

With all the buzz generated from the Murder on the Orient Express movie last year I was intrigued to pick up this classic 1934 Agatha Christie detective novel. I’m almost certain that the Murder on the Orient Express was my first Christie novel. Knowing little to nothing about this prolific British writer, I looked up her biography following this read and found her life story to be fascinating from her mother’s unique learning philosophies to Christie’s unexplained eleven day disappearance. Detective novels are not a genre I typically frequent or choose on my own accord, however it is always beneficial for your literary health to pick up reads that are outside your comfort zone.  The Murder on the Orient Express definitely keeps the reader guessing as to the guilty party right up until the end. Unfortunately, due to the isolated nature of the murder taking place on a snow bound train the narrative takes a leisurely slow pace as our Detective Hercule Poirot methodically interviews the occupants over and over and over again.  I’d suspected the outcome early, however dismissed the solution as too fantastical.  Regardless, despite the deliberate progression of this read, the weaving together of the various personalities and clues until the final reveal couldn’t help but to pique to readers intrigue.  Overall, the Murder on the Orient Express holds true against the test of time as a detective read that will keep readers guessing until the shocking end.


Additional Insight (Spoilers Abound):

  • How would the murder and investigation had played out sans snow storm or Detective  Hercule Poirot just happening to be an occupant of the train?
  • How different this story would be in a modern light where cell phones and such would be readily available to fact check the people?
  • Why was the Doctor or Detective never suspected?
  • Why leave any evidence behind by the body?
  • How convenient the one small piece of note Poirot is able to read has Daisy Armstrong’s name on it? Why send the notes anyway and let Ratchett know he is being hunted?

 

Advertisements

5 comments

  1. It was my first Christie book as well. I’m glad you liked it. I agree it was a bit slow in certain parts in the middle, but the ending definitely made up for it for me.
    I would recommend reading And Then There Were None by Christie. That was the one I read next, after this one and absolutely loved it.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. I remember when I first watched the 1974 version when I was twelve or so (before I read the book), I was so confused about who the murderer might be that I blurted out, “I give up! They all did it!” It was supposed to be a joke…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Aw, I love Agatha Christie, but it’s okay if you weren’t that excited. Mysteries become way less exciting if you figure out the answer (although gratifying). I think the answer to the 4th item on your list is to leave red herrings, false clues (for the readers obviously) but also for the who-dun-it in the plot. I haven’t read for a long time, though. I’ve saw the lasted movie recently, it’s good!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s