Review: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Title: Murder on the Orient Express
Author: Agatha Christie
Series: N/A
Pages: 336 pages
Publisher: Harper; Reissue edition (March 29, 2011)
Rating: 5 stars (Read It!)

The novel, Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie describes an enthralling murder mystery on the Orient Express.

GoodReads Synopsis

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. A passenger lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

As usual, Belgium detective Hercule Poirot must solve the mystery of who the murderer is. But as he begins investigating, every new fact he learns complicates everything he already knows about the mystery. Can Poirot find the killer before they escape?

Warning: This review contains spoilers!

Like the other Agatha Christie novel I read, this novel took some time to establish the various plot components and back stories that would form the backbone of the mystery into a twist ending. However I thought that the time used to set up the story was necessary and made the rest of the novel more enjoyable.

I thought the ending was, in a way, the opposite ending to Christie’s And Then There Were None. Despite the occasional use of French (?) phrases, I thought that the writing was fairly easy to follow. I also found (SPOILER ALERT: the ending of all the passengers collaborating) to be quite jolting, but in the end it all made sense and every puzzle piece Agatha Christie had set up fell into place.

The perspective was third person limited omniscient and I was pleased that this book, unlike The ABC Murder Mystery was told from Poirot’s POV rather than Hastings who was not in the novel. I would recommend this book to readers looking for an intriguing murder mystery novel with writing from a different era that’s relatively easy to follow.

What are your thoughts on this book? What other Agatha Christie novels have you read and enjoyed? Feel free to leave your thoughts in a comment 🙂


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