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Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10)

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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.
Paperback, 322 pages
Published August 31st 2004 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

Dec 25, 2015 Lola rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Feb 01, 2016 Joca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Feb 10, 2016 Brina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, rereads
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
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
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
Aug 12, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
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
Oct 31, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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
Henry Avila
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Feb 13, 2013 Werner rated it it was amazing
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
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

Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
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
Oct 14, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 22, 2010 Dina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 15, 2012 Lona 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

Candy Melissa Kwong
4.5 stars.

My first Agatha Christie book and I'm definitely going to read more of her works!

A full review to come.
Fahima Jaffar
Feb 01, 2011 Fahima Jaffar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من أجمل روايات أغاثا وأكثرها شهرة.
قرائتي لها قديمة جداً لكني أذكر إشاراتٍ في مستهل الرواية لأجواءِ أسطنبول. أجدُ في العديدِ من روايات أغاثا مادةً ثريةً للدراسات الاستشراقية والمابعد كولونياليّة.
Agatha Christie has been dead 40 years. That hardly seems possible because her name is as fresh in the literary world as ever. That's probably because she has sold 2 billion books, many of those after she died. I'm relatively new to the world of Agatha Christie literature, but I had always known of this book by the title, always wanted to read it. I enjoyed it (4 stars) but I was expecting maybe something different. I think my problem is I don't like these mysteries set in confined spaces like a ...more
David Sarkies
Oct 17, 2015 David Sarkies rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Murder Mystery Lovers
Recommended to David by: My Mum
Shelves: mystery
A Not So Pleasant Train Journey
17 October 2015

This is the forth Agatha Christie novel that I've read and I must admit that it was a lot better than the last two offerings that I picked up (despite one of them being all the rave, I simply couldn't get into it as much as other books). Okay, this is your standard detective novel where there is a murder and Poirot then proceeds to interrogate everybody on the train, examine the evidence, and then come to his conclusion. However, it was the conclusi
Oct 24, 2013 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How can you not like Agatha Christie?? She's great fun!! I had read this book back in the 70's and didn't figure out whodunit....I certainly remembered the whodunit before I started this time, but there was a surprise at the ending that I didn't expect or it all made it worth it.

I loved mysteries when I was a kid,and I admit I still do....I read all the juvenille mystery books in our public library,and the librarians were so impressed. Then I started reading the adult ones,and whe
Dec 11, 2015 Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أعتقد إنها من أفضل روايات أجاثا
عشان الحبكة والكشف عن القاتل النهائي
لكن الإختصار في الرواية ضيع جزء من متعتها

شاهدت الفيلم من إنتاج عام 1974 كان رائعا مطابقا للرواية تماما
Jan 27, 2013 Jonathan rated it really liked it

As a disclaimer this is hardly a typical review but more a reflection on when I read this years ago. And also, a reflection upon mystery novels and genre authors.

I seem to have made it my unofficial goal to have one great female author in every genre that I read (and vice versa). For Tolkien I have Susanna Clarke or Catherynne M. Valente; for Asimov and Bradbury in sci-fi I seem to have Anne McCaffrey (but other female sci-fi authors are waiting to be discovered). I still need to add a male auth
Jun 02, 2008 Jason rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery fans, everyone
I had no prior experience with Agatha Christie before going into this book, so I did not know what to expect. Although the story started slowly (as all mysteries really must), I was soon enthralled by this amazing writer.
The storyline has become synonymous with murder mystery fiction. A man is killed on an international railroad, and most of the action takes place in the former Yugoslavia. Christie presents a fascinating assembly of people/suspects, and her wonderful detective, Hercule Poirot
Aug 05, 2012 Cata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca, 2012
Um crime no Expresso do Oriente apresenta-nos duas particularidades: primeira, a acção decorre num comboio, ou seja, num local com bastantes limitações físicas para um assassino se esconder ou “desaparecer”. Segunda, o livro encontra-se dividido em três partes:
Parte 1 Os Factos
Parte 2 Depoimentos
Parte 3 Hercule Poirot Senta-se e Pensa

Nem vi direito o nome dos capítulos no índice que vem antes da história começar, bastou-me ver o título das partes, especialmente o da última, para atiçar a curiosi
Dec 09, 2011 Madeline rated it really liked it
In the seventh grade, I read Murder on the Orient Express, either right before or after I read Death on the Nile, without really having any idea who Agatha Christie was. I remember enjoying this a lot and finding it very exciting and suspenseful, and of course the ending blew my mind. Then I pretty much forgot about the book until about a year ago when I did my senior research project on detective novels and spent my summer reading a ton of them.

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