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Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10)

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  141,217 Ratings  ·  6,294 Reviews
What more can a mystery addict desire than a much-loathed murder victim found aboard the luxurious Orient Express with multiple stab wounds, thirteen likely suspects, an incomparably brilliant detective in Hercule Poirot, and the most ingenious crime ever conceived?
Paperback, 245 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Berkley (first published 1934)
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Emily May

When all the other little girls wanted to be princesses - do you know what I wanted to be? And no, it wasn't a vampire, either... it was...


The fact that I actually took the time to edit my face into that picture should tell you something about a) my Poirot love, and b) the kind of hopelessly boring day I have suffered through :D

Lola  Reviewer
Dec 25, 2015 Lola Reviewer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, mystery

Sacrée Agatha Christie!

She was pretty darn amazing.

I must say I never read and so much liked a book with such a boring constant setting. I mean a train? Come on, how exciting can that get? … Apparently, though, it is a great setting for mystery cases! I just now remember watching ‘‘The Tourist’’ with Angelina Jolie, and wasn’t the scene in the train the one that was going to have in impact on everything to come? Yes, it was! Trains are fast, they create blurred lines, and they are filled with st
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
If you're on a train (or boat, or island), planning to commit a nice, unsolvable murder, and you find out Hercule Poirot is one of the guests . . . Just change your plans. That is all.


I'd like to know if anyone has ever solved this particular murder mystery. It's mind-boggling, and deservedly one of Agatha Christie's better-known books.
❁ بــدريــه ❁
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تسبّبت الثلوج المتراكمة في تعطيل القطار بعد منتصف الليل
بقليل ، لقد كان { قطار الشرق السريع } مزدحمًا بالركاب وهو
أمر غريب في هذا الوقت من العام ، لكن الركاب نقصوا واحدًا
عند الصباح !
فقد وٌجد أحدهم مقتولًا في مقصورته وفي جسمه اثنتا عشرة
طعنه وكان باب المقصورة مٌقفلاً من الداخل !
التوتر يتزايد والحيرة تبلغ غايتها
ولكن بوارو يٌفاجىء الجميع إنه لا يقدم حلاً واحدًا لهذه الجريمة ..
بل حلين !
••••• ••••• ••••• •••••

لم تكن هذه التذكرة الدخول الأولى لعالم أجاثا .. هذه السيدة
تفاجئني و تربكني في كل مرة .
If you've never read one of her books, this one sums up the Agatha Christie experience quite nicely.
As in: You will never solve her mysteries.
Don't bother trying, because it will only infuriate you when you find out that the answer to the whodunnit is something far-fetched & entirely unbelievable.
Roll with it, I say! Just trust that the little Belgian detective will eventually make everything all right, and settle in for a cute (albeit old-timey) mystery.


I'm not gonna bore you with a plot sy
Melissa Martin

Wahoo! I'm finally going to read a Poirot book! I have the complete blu-ray box set and love this series so much! And now I get start on one of the books! =)

The wonderful Hercule Poirot can not ever go on any holidays without someone being murdered. But, never-the-less he will figure it out.


And a murder has taken place upon the Orient Express.

The man murdered in named Ratchett, but we find out later on in the story this is an alias. Poirot has simply uncovered that the murderer is on the trai
Nandakishore Varma
I do not like to write reviews of whodunits: you can't do justice to the analysis without explaining what happened in detail, but then it spoils the story for whoever has not read it. So, for those mystery lovers who have not read The Murder on the Orient Express so far, I will post a single line review: Go and read it! This one rocks! What are you waiting for?

Now, the review for fellow mystery and Christie lovers who have read the book(or like me, re-read umpteen number of times till the pages
April 2012

Earth, 1930-something: The Doctor is enjoying a quiet train ride across Europe after an exciting adventure in Constantinople (involving a staring contest between a Dalek and a Weeping Angel) when a fellow passenger is murdered. With the train stopped by heavy snows, and the TARDIS nowhere in sight, the Doctor must use all his timey-wimey cunning to solve...THE MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS! And stop the universe from blowing up, again.

Oh, c'mon, you know they're going to do that story e
Aug 13, 2016 Joca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, wishlist
Apr 26, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not a mystery reader. I’m just a guy with a 2 year-old who won’t go to sleep and who won’t stay asleep. Usually, I read history or biographies. But I needed something a bit lighter for those long dark hours of the night. Thus, I went to my ever-expanding shelf of unread books and grabbed Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, which I’d purchased I-don’t-know-how-long-ago on a whim I can’t recall.

The title tells you just about everything you need to know about the plot. A group of p
Mar 29, 2016 Brina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I by rule of thumb will not give a mystery 5 stars so this one gets a 4.5 because Hercule Poirot's Murder on the Orient Express by the grand dame of mysteries Agatha Christie is no ordinary mystery. I read this back in high school and decided to pick it up when I saw "read a book you read in high school" on my public library's reading challenge this year. I have enjoyed Poirot pretty much since I was old enough to read on my own. Christie goes deep into her characters and just when you think you ...more
HA! Now I know why MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is depicted as one of Agatha Christie's best.......

The dandified Detective Hercule Poirot (and his curlicue mustache) just happened to be traveling on a three day journey across Europe on the resplendent Orient Express when the train is detained by a snowdrift; and all seems well otherwise, that is, until morning when millionaire Samuel Rachett is found dead as a doornail in his compartment with multiple stab wounds. (no spoiler here)

With M. Poirot

Jason Koivu
Jun 26, 2013 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Misery loves company. Now that I know who dunnit I'm not going to tell you, but rather let you suffer through the torment of not knowing, the embarrassment of thinking your guess must be correct only to find you are WRONG! You are wrong because Poirot and the woman who created him are both smarter than you. Suck it, that's just the way it is. It's a truth as true in 1934 as it is today. Christie is synonymous with clever. Her plot constructions will out-wit the pants right off you...if her chara ...more
mark monday
Dec 08, 2010 mark monday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are Mr. Ratchett. Or are you? Fame is not something you crave; comfortable retreat is your desired goal. You do not have a nice face and foreigners appear to hold that against you. In fact, all the passengers on this express ride through Europe seem to find displeasure in looking at what you consider to be a rather dignified and intelligent face. It is mystifying! Why all the cold shoulders? Why all the quickly averted glances? Why the anonymous notes? Your frustrat
4.5/5 stars. This was a re-read.
Aug 12, 2011 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
Well, after many years I have finally read an Agatha Christie mystery. My overly persuasive husband prodded me into reading it because he thought that since I was a mystery lover I had to read one of the most prolific mystery writers of all time. I read it in two days. It is a very easy read that carries the reader effortlessly into each chapter and section. The characters are somewhat intriguing and from varied international backgrounds which definitely heightened the sense of mystery. It is th ...more
Review first posted on my blog Shoulda Coulda Woulda Books

Time on to-read: Oh, forever

Reason for not picking up: I kind of felt like I'd picked it up in bits and pieces by cultural osmosis already. Kind of like even if you've never read Hamlet you know that there's a prince who can't make a decision, a reason to make Oedipal jokes, and a pile of bodies at the end, you know?

Reason for finally picking up: I found it during a bookshelf rearrangement and I was going on an eight-hour train ride the n
Oct 31, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Recommended to Amanda by: my husband Jason
Ok. So now I know for myself why Agatha Christie is such a successful author - she's dang good, that's why! This book was nothing short of brilliant and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery. Her main character, "Poirot", is such a wonderful example of the little man with the big brain. No one expects him to be so amazingly brilliant at figuring out these myteries but he does because he uses psychology and imagination. This book is what I'd call "brain-candy". You have to learn ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

“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.”

I've heard a lot about this story from Christie followers, telling me how good it is and how it rates a favorite for many. While it didn't steal the #1 spot for me from And Then There Were None and Death on the Nile, it maneuvered its way into #3.

Ah, Poirot. He may think he's retired, but he keeps
Kostas Papadatos
Το -Έγκλημα στο Εξπρές Οριάν- είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο από Agatha Christie που διαβάζω και πραγματικά εντυπωσιάστηκα απο την αριστοτεχνικά δομημένη πλοκή και την αφηγηματική στιβαρότητα (χωρίς κενά) που κρατά αμείωτο το ενδιαφέρον του αναγνώστη. Το μοτίβο που ακολουθούν τα βιβλία της είναι εξαιρετικά εθιστικό. Η αφήγηση της συγγραφέως αποτελεί υπόδειγμα λόγου (λιτός και απέριττος) με κλιμακούμενη δράση άψογου σχεδιασμού και κορύφωση της ιστορίας απαράμιλλη χωρίς πλατειασμούς. Πραγματικά ούτε που θα ...more
Henry Avila
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Feb 13, 2013 Werner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All mystery fans!
Agatha Christie is justly regarded as the grande dame of the traditional Anglo-American mystery in the period between the World Wars. Both fans and critics of writings in this genre from that time agree that, on the whole, whatever their merits, these novels usually do tend to follow a rather predictable, formulaic plot structure, and tend to be purely intellectual puzzles or entertaining stories which don't grapple with serious moral or philosophical questions. But neither of those generalizati ...more
Barry Pierce
This is my first Christie novel and I'm lucky that I own 14 others because I know I will be going through these quickly! This was really great. I admire how this novel was structured, it was split into three main parts: the crime, the interrogations, and the solution.

Christie's writing is really clear and easy to read, she writes in non-complicated English with which nobody should have trouble. She also never strays from the plot. Every single sentence has something to do with the case (which i
Richard Derus
Aug 30, 2014 Richard Derus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 5* of five, mostly for the Agatha Christie's Poirot adaptation

The Publisher Says: 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.

My Review: Well, that was a concise-to-the-point-of-terseness summary. But I suspect most of us who are voracious or even
David Schaafsma
I have read this a few times, and listened to it via audiobooks in a one day trip yesterday from Chicago to Ann Arbor and back. I liked it a lot, again, it's a wonderful tale from a writer who is at this point, book ten or so, at the top of her game here, it's just breathlessly good writing in places. And quirky, funny, dated, stuffy, on the very surface of it to belie what is going on beneath it all. I had intended to read them all in order of composition but I needed an audiobook and the libra ...more
Jun 06, 2016 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Εξαιρετική ιστορία με τον αγαπημένο Ηρακλή Πουαρό!
Είναι το τέταρτο βιβλίο της Κρίστι που διαβάζω και το πρώτο που με έκανε να κλάψω.Πολύ τραγικά ορισμένα από τα γεγονότα που περιγράφονται,δεν γίνεται να μη λυγίσει ανθρώπινη καρδιά!
Από την αρχή ως το τέλος μου κράτησε το ενδιαφέρον,παρότι είχα δει πριν πολλά χρόνια την ταινία (ευτυχώς δεν θυμόμουν το τέλος).Από τα must read των αστυνομικών και ειδικότερα της Αγκάθα.
Huda Aweys
للعدالة وجوه كثيرة
مجرم قتل طقلة و اتسبب في موت امها بالحسرة و انتحار الأب .. و نجى من المحاكمة ببساطة لأخطاء ادارية و قانونية أدت لعدم اثبات التهمة عليه
! ..
فبتجتمع العائلة .. و اصدقاء العائلة :) .. و بيقرروا القصاص منه
بيقتلوه ..، و بيكتشف (بوارو) جريمتهم ، لكن بيتعاطف معاهم .. و بيساعدهم في ايجاد مخرج !
و بينسحب بعدها من القضية لأنه طبعا رجل قانون و مايصحش يكون ضالع فى أمر زي دا
حبكة الحكاية كانت مهلهلة و غير محكمة بعض الشئ لكن في النهاية دي (أجاثا كريستي) :) يعني براحتها

Oct 14, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You have this impression of Agatha Christie as a kindly old lady who writes generic mysteries featuring tea and knitting.

And she was that, but before she was that she was this lady

who is significantly younger and looks like a little bit of a badass, and in fact she was one.

The central question of a mystery is "Who done it," right? And what Christie did is she took that question and said, "How far can I take the answer? How weird can I make it?" And she comes up with these wild, experimental, me
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Jul 15, 2012 L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

أجاثا كريستي، رفيقتي أيام الطفولة

أدخلت الأثارة والتشويق لمخيلتي

كانت أحد الأسباب التي ساهمت في

اكتشاف وزيادة حبي للقراءة

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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
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