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Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) Paperback – October 10, 2017
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“It’s tempting to say that Agatha Christie is a genius and let it go at that, but the world’s had plenty of geniuses. Agatha Christie is something special.” -- Lawrence Block, New York Times bestselling author
“[Moves] smoothly and entertainingly to its surprise conclusion.” -- Chicago Daily Tribune
“Nothing short of swell. [Christie] is probably the best suspicion scatterer and diverter in the business.” -- New York Herald Tribune
“Need it be said—the little grey cells solve once more the seemingly insoluble. Mrs Christie makes an improbable tale very real, and keeps her readers enthralled and guessing to the end.” -- Times Literary Supplement (London)
“What more…can a mystery addict desire?” -- New York Times
“Agatha Christie’s books are both wonderful crime novels and studies in contrast and duality, and I adore them still. Underestimate them at your peril.” -- Louise Penny, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Inspector Gamache novels
“Reading a perfectly plotted Agatha Christie is like crunching into a perfect apple: that pure, crisp, absolute satisfaction.” -- Tana French, New York Times-bestselling author of the Dublin Murder Squad novels
“Agatha Christie taught me many important lessons about the inner workings of the mystery novel before it ever occurred to me that I might one day be writing mysteries myself.” -- Sue Grafton, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Kinsey Millhone novels
“Any mystery writer who wants to learn how to plot should spend a few days reading Agatha Christie. She’ll show you everything you want to know.” -- Donna Leon, New York Times-bestselling author of the Commissario Brunetti novels
“I always wanted to be Agatha Christie when I grew up. I still do.” -- J. A. Jance, New York Times-bestselling author of the Joanna Brady and J. P. Beaumont novels
“Agatha Christie’s indelibly etched characters have entertained millions across the years and a love of her work has brough together generations of readers—a singular achievement for any author and an inspiration to writers across the literary landscape.” -- Jacqueline Winspear, New York Times-bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs novels
About the Author
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976, after a prolific career spanning six decades.
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Media Tie In edition (October 10, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062689665
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062689665
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.65 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #43,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hercule Poirot: I can only see a world as it should be. It makes an imperfection stick out like the nose on your face.
Hercule Poirot: There is right. There is wrong. There is no in-between.
Hercule Poirot: There was right. There was wrong. Then there was you. I cannot judge you for this.
Hercule Poirot: I have seen the fracture of the human soul. So many broken lives, so much pain and anger, giving way to the poison of deep grief, until one crime became many. I have always wanted to believe that man is rational and civilized. My very existence depends upon this hope, upon order and methods and the little grey cells, but now perhaps I am asked to listen instead to my heart. I have understood in this case that the scales of justice cannot always be evenly weighed and I must learn for once to live with the imbalance.
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It was an interesting read. Having never seen Murder on the Orient Express I had no idea whodunnit and so the whole case was a mystery to me. I enjoyed the way Agatha Christie wove the tale, creating links between characters slowly until the ending - which was a surprise, and I'm still not sure if I'm happy with it.
The writing was easy to follow, which was a surprise to me considering it was written in 1934, it reads like present day language! The only clues you have that it's an older book are countries mentioned that no longer exist, e.g. Yugoslavia. It was very easy to read and overall a very enjoyable novel.
I'd recommend it to people who like watching shows like Sherlock and Jonathan Creek, you know the type of shows - where links only become apparent when the main character explains why they're apparent - you wouldn't have thought it a link otherwise.
It's a good book to get lost in for a few hours, and I'll be looking at getting other Agatha Christie novels in the future. This one has definitely stood the test of time.
The pace of the story is way too slow for my liking. I like my crime novels to be fast paced and exciting, and this just wasn’t it. I found myself losing interest. I appreciate Poirot’s process and methods to cracking a case, but they’re just not that enjoyable to read. It’s all so long winded.
We were given so much information about ALL of the characters, but even then, I felt no connection with any of them. I didn’t particularly like or dislike any of them, I simply didn’t care about them. I do quite like Poirot’s character though, I enjoy his no care attitude, and the fact that he doesn’t tolerate any bullshit.
The only reason I really continued with the story is because I actually wanted to find out who did it, but even that was a let down. It was so anti-climatic, and to me it felt like Christie had just thrown something together without much thought for the who done it.
I had such high expectations for this book, considering how well loved it is, but ultimately I was let down. It has made me unsure as to whether to even bother reading any more of Agatha Christie’s books.
I give Murder on The Orient Express a 2 star rating, and that’s probably being generous.
I loved the structure of this novel because it really helps to build tension gradually. It all begins with the facts of the case, the basic outline of how a man on a train is murdered. Next is the evidence from all of the passengers, each of whom seems to have an alibi. Finally, Christie's detective Poirot solves the case. However, I had to wait until the penultimate page of the book to find out the identity of the murderer; I was on the edge of my seat with tension, anticipation and excitement as the novel came to its climax. I could not have been more shocked at Poirot's revelation.
The character of Hercule Poirot is one that you cannot help but love; his striking appearance and odd but funny little habits and expressions render him a lovable detective.
It was lovely to read a book by an author who essentially created the who-dun-it detective novel that other authors have employed. Christie's writing keeps you engaged and in suspense until the very end. She throws all the evidence at you and yet leaves you with very little to go on as you try to work out the identity of the killer. I will definitely be reading her other novels and would recommend this book to those who enjoy classic detective crime novels.