A review of Murder on The Orient Express by Agatha Christie…
Book: Murder on The Orient Express
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 274 pages (Paperback)
Genre: Mystery, Classic Fiction
Age Recommendation: 12+
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
“But I know human nature, my friend, and I tell you that, suddenly confronted with the possibility of being tried for murder, the most innocent person will lose his head and do the most absurd things.”
Just after midnight, the Orient Express is stopped in its tracks, completely isolated by a snow drift. By morning, an American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times. It is up to detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer. With twelve solid alibis and no evidence of anybody leaving the train, someone is lying.
I chose to read Murder on The Orient Express after reading (and loving!) And Then There Were None.
What I love most about Agatha Christie’s novels so far is how simple yet gripping they are. The premise of Murder on The Orient Express is very straightforward – there’s a murderer on the train and Poirot needs to figure out who it is. The structure is clear, it’s split into three main parts: the crime, the interrogations, and the solution. The writing is easy to read and the story, although mostly made up of dialogue between each passenger and Poirot, never strays from the plot. On top of all of this, there’s descriptive elements, plenty of humour and of course mystery to keep you hooked from the very first chapter.
The book is written in such a way that I felt like I was right there next to Poirot, desperately trying to connect the pieces of the puzzle. As the investigation develops, secrets begin to unravel. I found myself looking back at things passengers have said during interrogations and thoroughly questioning everyone. By the last few chapters I was almost certain I had the answer but no. Of course, I was wrong. Because it takes the mind of a genius to write a book and to solve a mystery like this one (although I’ve convinced myself that I could be the next great detective if I keep reading books like this).
This is the second Agatha Christie novel and the first of the Poirot books that I have read and it definitely won’t be my last!