Welcome to my review of Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie!
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer—in case he or she decides to strike again. (Summary is from Goodreads).
If you’re looking for a quick recommendation, yes, I would definitely recommend this book!
I listened to this one as an audiobook on Libby and I loved the narrator! He does wonderful accents for all of the characters, who are all very different. His changes in accents and tones made the story that much more immersive and exciting. So I’d definitely recommend giving this a read as an audiobook.
It’s been a while since I last watched the movie adaptation, but I remember enjoying it. So much so that I picked up the book a couple of years later. And I really enjoyed this book. It’s the tenth book in the Hercule Poirot series (they’re all standalone books, but Hercule is the same across each book, he’s just solving different mysteries). I tried the first Hercule Poirot book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, but I didn’t find it quite as entertaining. I think she hit her stride with this series later on after the first book.
My favorite part about this book is how neatly the mystery is tied up in a bow by the end. Hercule always says all you need to solve a mystery is all the facts and some time to sit and think about it for a bit. He (and we as readers) are given all the facts, but it seems like Hercule (and Agatha Christie) are the only ones who can solve it. I guess that’s why they call her the Queen of Mystery!
So, if you’ve watched the movie, and you enjoyed it, I’d recommend the book. Even for a busy mom, it’s a great way to inject some mystery into your life. It’s exciting, but it’s also a short and quick read, making it easy to finish in a day or two. Overall, I’d recommend this book to anyone who’s a big mystery/thriller fan, especially if you enjoyed Sherlock Holmes. I actually think I might like Hercule Poirot better as a character than Sherlock Holmes. If you’ve read this book, leave a comment below with your thoughts!
Five out of five stars
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